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Midnight Mania! Joe Rogan returns from commentary hiatus at UFC 268

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Podcast kingpin and comedian Joe Rogan has served as one of the primary color commentators for UFC for close to two decades now. However, Rogan is a busy man, splitting his time between Spotify controversies, hunting trips, and lots of COVID-19 drama. Ever since WME purchased the UFC, his presence on the mic has been felt less and less.

Fortunately for Rogan fans, he’s set to return to his color commentary role this weekend at UFC 268 per a report from MMA Junkie. Rogan hasn’t been cage side since UFC 264 back in July, the site of his now-infamous canvas interview with Conor McGregor. This time around, Rogan will be supported by the color commentary of Daniel Cormier and play-by-play from Jon Anik.

The details on the rest of the production were revealed as well. After a battle with COVID-19 saw him sidelined from last weekend’s pay-per-view (PPV) event, Bruce Buffer will also make his return as the voice of the Octagon. In addition, Megan Olivi will be on deck for pre- and post-fight interviews as the roving reporter. Finally, former title challengers Chael Sonnen and Anthony Smith will serve as desk analysts alongside host Michael Eaves.

UFC 268 will go down this Saturday (Nov. 6, 2021) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The event will be headlined by a Welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, while the co-main event features a Strawweight title rematch between Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang.

LIVE! Watch UFC 279 PPV On ESPN+ Here!

BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

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Insomnia

Outside of Dana White and Khamzat Chimaev himself, I refuse to believe anyone actually wants to see Nate Diaz vs. “Borz.”

Shamil Abdurakhimov seems to have found his position as the ranked Heavyweight to test hot up-and-comers.

Just another super weird McGregor tweet.

Recent Ultimate Fighter (TUF) champ Ricky Turcios is a ninja!

Here’s an interesting look at the future stars of fighting, at least fame-wise.

Does anyone else feel like Jimmie Rivera is too good at MMA to move to bare knuckle? It’s still a shame that he was released.

Kamaru Usman’s knockout of Jorge Masvidal has to be one of the hardest single punches in UFC history (respective to weight class/size etc). What a shot!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Rose Namajunas has been a killer for years, and I’d rate her boxing nowadays as the best in women’s MMA.

One of the best kickboxers on the planet crossed into the cage yesterday, and he did so in style.

The Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne special:

Random Land

The amount of work that goes into a clip like this horrifies me.

Midnight Music: Let It Be by The Replacements is a pretty great album.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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