During Khalil Roundtree’s bout at UFC 219, UFC Commentators Joe Rogan and Dominick Cruz got into a heated debate over Rountree’s muscle mass. Cruz being one of the greatest MMA champions of all times was forced to put Rogan in his place when it comes to training for an actual fight.
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Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, martial arts color commentator and podcast host. A fan of comedy since his youth, Rogan began a career in stand-up in August 1988 in the Boston area, developing a blue comedy act. He moved to New York City two years later. After relocating to Los Angeles in 1994, Rogan signed an exclusive developmental deal with Disney, appeared as an actor on the television sitcoms Hardball and NewsRadio, and worked in local comedy clubs. In 1997, he started working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as an interviewer and color commentator.
Rogan released his first comedy special in 2000, and has since produced seven other specials. From 2001, he has been the host of several television shows, including Fear Factor, The Man Show, and Joe Rogan Questions Everything. In 2009, Rogan launched his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience which has become one of the most popular podcasts available; in October 2015, it was downloaded 16 million times. Rogan is also an advocate of the legalization of cannabis, hunting, and overall physical and mental well-being.
Joseph James Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey, the place where his grandfather moved his family in the 1940s. He is of one-quarter Irish and three-quarters Italian descent. His father, Joseph, worked as a police officer in Newark. At five years of age, Rogan’s parents divorced, and his father has not been in contact with him since he was seven. Rogan said of his father: “All I remember of my dad are these brief, violent flashes of domestic violence.
But I don’t want to complain about my childhood. Nothing bad ever really happened to me […] I don’t hate the guy.” At seven, Rogan and the family moved to San Francisco, California, followed by another move when he was 11 to Gainesville, Florida. They settled in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, where Rogan attended Newton South High School graduating in 1985. Rogan participated in Little League Baseball but developed an interest in martial arts in his early teens as “it was really the first thing that ever gave me hope that I wasn’t going to be a loser. So I really, really gravitated toward it”.
At fourteen, he took up karate and began to compete in taekwondo competitions. At nineteen, he won a US Open Championship tournament as a lightweight.[disputed – discuss]He was a Massachusetts full-contact state champion for four consecutive years and became an instructor in the sport. Rogan also practiced amateur kickboxing, and held a 2–1 record. Rogan retired from competition at 21 as he began to suffer from frequent headaches and feared worse injuries. He attended University of Massachusetts Boston but found it pointless and dropped out before he could graduate.