UFC commentator Joe Rogan is admired by many fans for his amiable character and insightful fight IQ, but some may not know that Joe is also a highly trained martial artist himself.
Rogan is a black belt in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is likely in the gym training as much as some MMA fighters stepping in for competition.
While Rogan stopped competing in martial arts in the late 80’s, his training has never stopped.
Here we take a look at the 49-year-old Rogan hitting the heavy bag and if you have never seen the stand-up comedian throw his viscious strikes, you will be in for an eye-opening surprise.
Recently, Rogan was speaking with former kickboxing world champion, Joseph “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast and was asked if he would have ever fought in the UFC back in his prime.
“If I was competing still, when the UFC was around, probably would have done something,” Rogan said. “But, also, when the UFC first came around, it was like one weight class. You know, when I stopped fighting, it was in 1989, that was the last kickboxing fight that I had. And that was, there was nothing and there was no money in it.”
Rogan went on to say that back when he was in his younger competitive days he did not train smart and would go all out in training, giving and taking a lot of damage that was probably unnecessary. Rogan says he has an obsessive personality and many fans surely would have loved to see Joe in his prime step into the Octagon if the UFC was built up to the stage it is on today.
Ever think about a Conor McGregor vs. Joe Rogan superfight? At least there’s a video game simulation of that one that you can watch and argue with your friends regarding the result!
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/8/2017.