By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on July 23, 2014
Joe Rogan has been with the UFC since 1997. During that time, his commentary has been a huge asset to the rise of the UFC. Rogan is truly one of the best commentators across all sports, and here are five reasons why.
Rogan is an expert at explaining a very complicated sport to an audience made up mostly of people who don't know what's going on (or at least started out that way). He explains every submission a fighter is going for, every positional advantage, and sometimes he can even sniff out when a fighter is gearing up for a certain strike. Rogan never fails to make sure everyone knows exactly what is going on in a fight.
Though Rogan is a successful comedian, he doesn't try to work that in with his job at the UFC. With two black belts in jiu-jitsu, one in taekwondo and a blue belt in judo, he is there as the expert and that's what the audience needs him to be. If he tried to force jokes, it would just be distracting for viewers who didn't tune in for the laughs.
Nothing is worse than a monotone commentator to kill the excitement, and the UFC doesn't have that problem with Rogan around. His voice is also a helpful tool for those new to MMA. Some fans may not know when a submission attempt is getting close to ending the fight, or if a fighter is gaining a dangerous positional advantage for some ground and pound. His voice helps indicate exactly how dangerous the situation is for those who don't know yet.
One of the most annoying things a commentator can do is make the commentary about himself. So many sportscasters makes this mistake, and thankfully Rogan doesn't. Though he has a lot of personal expertise in the sport, he never talks about it. When he is on the air, he is all about the fighters and the fights.
Rogan always has an extensive knowledge of every single fighter in his broadcasts, even the ones almost nobody has heard of. He knows their styles, strengths, weaknesses and recent histories, and he always gives the fans great notes on what to watch for in the fights. Dana White owes Rogan a huge debt of gratitude. There is no way the UFC could have caught on as much as it has without his help.
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