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Dana White's Loyalty: Defending Joe Rogan Amid 2022 Controversies

White and Rogan during a interview
Dana White along with Joe Rogan

In a display of unwavering loyalty, Dana White once threatened to resign from the UFC to protect Joe Rogan's position amid controversies surrounding the comedian and podcast host back in 2022.

The incident arose when old episodes of Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, resurfaced, showcasing instances where Rogan used the "N-word" and allegedly spread misinformation about COVID-19. This led to calls for Rogan's dismissal from various companies, including the UFC.

During an interview on the Lex Fridman podcast, White recounted how he stood by Rogan during this tumultuous period, expressing his staunch support and loyalty to those who stand with him. White's commitment to Rogan's role as a commentator for UFC events was evident when he conveyed to Rogan that he would resign if Rogan was forced out.

White emphasized, 

"Anybody who is with me has been with me, knows: when you’re with me, you’re with me...I’m not one of these guys that is just going to roll over."

Rogan's long-standing association with the UFC dates back to 1997 when he initially worked as an interviewer before returning to a more prominent role as a color commentator after White and the Fertitta brothers took over the promotion in 2001. White praised Rogan's contribution to the sport, citing his ability to explain the intricacies of MMA to viewers and his pivotal role in enhancing fans' understanding of the ground game.

White reiterated Rogan's significance, stating, 

"The impact that Joe Rogan has had, and continues to have on the sport is immeasurable...It’s immeasurable what this guy has done for the company and for the sport."

Despite the controversies surrounding Rogan, White's steadfast support underscores the strong bond between the UFC president and the influential commentator, highlighting the importance of loyalty and mutual respect in the world of mixed martial arts.


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