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Joe Rogan reveals he has a clause in the UFC contract that will leave him whenever Dana White leaves

Joe Rogan has no plans to leave the UFC any time soon but would do so if or if President Dana White resigns.

On an episode of his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan revealed that there is a provision in his contract that will let him go if Dana White stops helming the show.

“If Dana (White) leaves, I’m gone,” Rogan said. ‘It’s in my contract.’ Rogan later described himself as a “pro fan”.

Rogan first became interested in fighting — specifically jiu-jitsu in 1994 after watching a fight at UFC 2. He then got involved with UFC as an interviewer at UFC 12 in 1997.

That was before Dana White became the company’s president in 2001. After initially declining the offer, Rogan took a job as a color commentator – working for free in exchange for tickets for him and his friends.

Rogan continued to work under this arrangement for about 15 gigs before he began accepting payment for the job.

Though he doesn’t attend as many UFC events now as he used to, Rogan is still a regular fixture at the sport’s biggest events, including American pay-per-view coverage.

He is known for his over-the-top comments and reactions to crucial punches. At UFC 278 he was seen looking stunned after Leon Edwards Kamaru caught Usman with a headbutt that knocked the Usman out.

Rogan was able to use his popularity from the color commentary gig to make the Joe Rogan Experience the most popular podcast in the world.

In 2020, Rogan was offered – and signed – a deal with Spotify worth more than $100 million.

Rogan was a color commentator at UFC’s most recent pay-per-view event, UFC 279, where he was praised by fans after a tense exchange of blows with Swedish-Chechen fighter Khamzat Chimaev following his undercard fight.

Chimaev was originally scheduled for the main event against Nate Diaz but was overweight and had to fight in a less prestigious match.

Rogan demanded an answer as to why Chimaev missed the weight. After his initial question was dismissed by the Swede after his win over Kevin Holland, Rogan squeezed, saying: “I know you don’t care [missing weight] Now, but if you want to fight for the welterweight title, it’s important that you know you can make 170 pounds.

Fans applauded Rogan for his dedication to eliciting a response from Chimaev and some like former UFC champion Daniel Cormier praised him for “[asking] him the difficult questions.’

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