Podcaster and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan may not be a fighter himself, however he is still a force to be reckoned with. Rogan has a black belt in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Taekwondo and he showed off his striking prowess on August 24.
Rogan shared several photos of himself training with Shawn Yacoubian at Rogan’s podcast studio in Los Angeles. Yacoubian has won multiple titles in Muay Thai and he is the owner of Yacoubian Muay Thai Academy in LA.
In the caption of his Instagram post, Rogan gave Yacoubian high praise. He wrote, “It was an honor and a privilege to get to train with @yacoubianmta. Hands down the best Muay Thai coach I’ve ever had.” See the photos below:
Yacoubian wrote, “Honored to be working with someone who has such an appetite for learning. Helping @joerogan grow as a martial artist while learning and growing myself as a coach has been a blessing.”
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Joe Rogan Once Gave Then-Welterweight Champ Georges St-Pierre Kicking Tips
Rogan has a powerful arsenal of kicks as he used to train and compete in Taekwondo. In 2011, Rogan shared a video on YouTube of himself showing then-UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre his turning side kick.
The kick is Rogan’s favorite and the video can be seen below:
Rogan Won a Taekwondo Match With a Brutal Spinning Back Kick
As the strike is similar to the spinning side kick, Rogan also has a deadly spinning back kick. He displayed that power during a Taekwondo match at the 1987 U.S. Cup in Connecticut, winning the fight with only one kick.
Right when the match began, Rogan, who was wearing a blue hogu (chest protector), uncorked a savage back kick to the midsection of his opponent, dropping him. The kick forced the martial artist into the fetal position and the fight was over.
Rogan shared the video of the victory in 2013 on YouTube. See it below:
The Next Time Rogan Will Likely Work as a UFC Color Commentator is on September 26 for UFC 253
On September 26, the UFC will be live from the promotion’s Apex Center in Las Vegas. Rogan, who typically only works pay-per-view events in the United States, will likely be calling the action during UFC 253.
The fight card’s main event is a highly anticipated grudge match between middleweight champ Israel Adesanya and No. 2 ranked Paulo Costa. “The Last Stylebender” is making his second title defense since winning the belt from then-champ Robert Whittaker in October 2019. Adesanya defended the title for the first time when he defeated Yoel Romero by unanimous decision in March. There is no love between The Last Style Bender and Costa as the two have actively trash-talked each other for months.
“The Eraser” is an exciting test for the middleweight champion. Costa is a powerhouse with a 13-0 professional record — 11 of his victories are via KO or TKO.
The full fight card has yet to be announced for UFC 253.