Ever wonder how Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan got that job?
It's an interesting little story and he told it to Rosie O'Donnell during his appearance on her show recently:
"I started out in 1997 with them. I was the post-fight interviewer. That was when we were in little places like Dothan, Alabama, and Augusta, Georgia. We would have to fly in these little propeller planes and it was weird, we would do it in like high school auditoriums, it would be half-filled. It was very strange. I did it for a couple years and then I won the... I got the job. They just needed someone to do post-fight interviews. It just so happens that my manager knew the guy who was the producer and they were, 'Hey, we need someone to interview fighters after they fight." And I was like, 'I'll do it.' Not only did they not talk to me about what to do, no one even told me what was going to happen. This is what they did: they brought me there, they gave me a microphone, they put an ear-piece in me and they go, 'Okay, ready, Joe? We're going to come to you in three seconds.' Or, you know, whatever it was. And they just said, 'Just start talking about the event.' So I just started talking. Nobody explained to me what I was going to do, how to interview people; it was a weird organization back then."
Rogan's memory is spot on the money. His very first appearance at a UFC event came at UFC 12: "Judgement Day," which took place in Dothan, Alabama, all the way back in 1997.
And for those of you who don't appreciate his work now, well, let's just say he's come a long way since then. You can see a nervous and shifty Rogan making his debut right here.