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UFC 266: Joe Rogan had a chance to return for Diaz-Lawler rematch — went hunting instead

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Longtime UFC color commentator Joe Rogan was in the booth for the UFC 47: “It’s On” pay-per-view (PPV) event way back in April 2004, when Nick Diaz upset the division apple cart with a thunderous knockout victory over top welterweight slugger Robbie Lawler.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to T-Mobile Arena with a pair of thrilling world championship bouts. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 29 coaches collide when Featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, defends his title against No. 2-ranked contender, Brian Ortega. UFC 266’s co-main event will see women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko go for her sixth consecutive title defense when she meets No. 3-seeded contender, Lauren Murphy. Last, and certainly not least, Nick Diaz returns against former Welterweight roost ruler, Robbie Lawler, in a five-round banger.

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Sadly, Rogan will not have a seat at the broadcast table for their UFC 266 rematch. In his absence, that duty falls to former UFC lightweight Paul Felder, who calls the action alongside ex-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and play-by-play mainstay Jon Anik.

Rogan had a scheduling conflict with his annual hunting trip, according to MMA Junkie.

Anik will also host the UFC 266 post-fight show with ex-Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez and former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen. Megan Olivi is the roving reporter for this Sat. night’s (Sept. 15) fight card in Las Vegas, while Bruce Buffer has the mic inside the cage.

UFC 266 will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between division kingpin Alex Volkanovski and top contender Brian Ortega. In the PPV co-main event, 125-pound champion Valentina Shevchenko battles Lauren Murphy for flyweight supremacy.

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