UFC cageside announcer Joe Rogan has amassed a loyal following over the years for the way he calls fights, and he isn't looking for help from producers who want him to calm down.
"Look. I've been doing the UFC for how long? F---ing, who knows? (19)97. It's very rare that anyone ever says anything. But, once we started going on FOX, the producer had to actually tell me in my ear, the FOX executive was like, 'Tell him to take it down a notch.' When I get excited about something, the way I get excited about something -- it's natural. I'm pumping it up. When I'm actually fired up...of course they (the audience) like it! But these f---ing dummy executives, I'm not saying the FOX ones, these huge group of -- this huge percentage of the group of people in the 'producer' position, a lot of them think that they're creative. You can't tell me to deliver the way I deliver. I've been doing it forever. They either like it or they don't. Most people like it. If you don't...tough s---. It doesn't sound like your f---ing baseball guys, your basketball guys...it's not supposed to. It's not! It's not supposed to. It's a different f---ing sport, and it's just the way I do it. If it was football, I probably wouldn't do it this way. You're lucky I don't curse! I mean, I'm lucky I got the job. Really, I'm lucky too. But the whole idea behind going in and saying, 'Oh, we're gonna fix all this and fix all that,' like, that's what happens in movies! That's what happens on TV shows. That's what would happen on this podcast. If we brought in production people and said, 'We're gonna move the podcast to a studio and bring in some producers, take some of the strain away from me,' and just had people just whispering in my ear saying, 'Hey man. Why don't you change the subject. This is a bad subject.' Do you know how f---ing crazy we would go?!"'
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan has been sweating, yelling and warning mixed martial arts (MMA) fans about potential omaplatas at UFC events since 1997. He's a veteran who has developed somewhat of a cult following, not just for his Octagon announcing gig, but also for his stand-up comedy act and his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience." During a recent rant on said podcast, Rogan spoke about the growing pains involved in adjusting to some of the new personnel the UFC inherited to go along with the deal with FOX Sports, as well as the adjustment FOX has had to make to Rogan. Though he didn't exactly bash FOX or any of its executives, Rogan made it clear that he really doesn't want someone "in his ear" telling him to tone it down. When you've had free reign for so long, it must be difficult to suddenly be micromanaged. Should Rogan have tenure enough to be able to do his thing, "deliver" and be left alone by the "creative" executives at FOX? Or are they well within their rights and he should adhere to their suggestions? Opinions, please.