Joe Rogan Refused ‘Mind-Numbing’ UFC Gig: ‘He Hated It’ Executive Says

Joe Rogan and Conor McGregor

Getty Commentator Joe Rogan (L) interviews UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor during his weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016

Gamers will not hear UFC color commentator Joe Rogan while playing EA UFC 4. Rogan, whose voice has been heard on many prior UFC games, did not want to take part in the video game as he “hated” the experience of doing the voiceover work.

EA UFC 4 creative director Brian Hayes spoke with Game Rant about Rogan’s absence. “He hasn’t been shy about saying this on his own podcast — like, he hates doing it,” Hayes said.

“He was open with us from the very beginning that he hated his experience of doing voiceover on previous iterations of other UFC games, and things were no different for us,” Hayes continued. “He hated doing voiceover on these games as well. That has nothing to do with us in particular, or, you know, our games versus other games. He just does not like sitting in a booth reading lines for hours at a time.”

In an interview with Game Spot, Hayes said, “If you’re not a person that [can] mentally get into that space, then I can see how it could be a very, you know, challenging, potentially mind-numbing experience for a certain type of individual.”

In 2016, Rogan spoke with comedian Hannibal Buress on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast about doing voiceover work for EA UFC 2, saying, “Dude, we did it for a f*** load of hours. I mean it was hours, and hours, and hours, and hours.” He said that he wasn’t complaining but the effort involved was immense.

Fans will just have to tune in to UFC pay-per-view events taking place in the US to get their fix of Rogan calling the action. For EA UFC 4, gamers will instead enjoy the voices of play-by-play commentator Jon Anik and former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion and color commentator Daniel Cormier.

EA UFC 4 is set to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14, 2020. Here is the official gameplay trailer:

UFC 4 Official Gameplay TrailerPre-order UFC 4 now and get bonus fighters Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua: With more control in striking, Real Player Motion Technology elevating two-player grappling exchanges, the new submission system, and a devastating ground and pound overhaul, players will feel every phase of the fight EA SPORTS UFC 4 gameplay. UFC 4 officially launches…2020-07-21T15:00:11Z

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Rogan Was Also Noticeably Missing From UFC 251 on Yas Island

Some fans were confused as to why Rogan wasn’t working as a color commentator for UFC 251 on July 11. The event took place on “Fight Island,” which is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Rogan does not work international events, even if it is a major pay-per-view.

August 15’s UFC 252 is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, and fans should expect to have Rogan back on their screens for that.

UFC 251 Results

UFC 251 featured three title fights. The welterweight and featherweight titles were on the line, and both champions retained their belts. The vacant bantamweight title was up for grabs as well. See the results of UFC 251 below:

Main Card

Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman def. Jorge Masvidal via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via Split-Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Bantamweight Championship: Petr Yan def. Jose Aldo via Fifth-Round TKO

Rose Namajunas def. Jessica Andrade via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Amanda Ribas def. Paige VanZant Via First-Round Armbar

Preliminary Card

Jiri Prochazka def. Volkan Oezdemir via Second-Round KO

Muslim Salikhov def. Elizeu Zaleski via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

Makwan Amirkhani def. Danny Henry via First-Round Anaconda Choke

Leonardo Santos def. Roman Bogatov via Unanimous Decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)

Early Preliminary Card

Marcin Tybura def. Maxim Grishin via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Raulian Paiva def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Karol Rosa def. Vanessa Melo via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Davey Grant def. Martin Day via Third-Round KO

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