Back in 2010, UFC used to host QnA events where fighters can directly ask questions to UFC fighters and promoters about the events. During one of such events at UFC 122, Dana White and Joe Rogan were present on the stage and were answering some questions.
A member from the audience took that opportunity to jokingly ask Rogan to have a friendly wrestling spar. He said: “Can I wrestle Joe Rogan, and if I win you come to Sweden.” Rogan was quick to reply and without missing a beat accepted the proposal and said, “Sure, get up here b*tch.”
Rogan got a little serious and asked what’s in it for him if he submits the guy. “What happens when I win. What happens if you tap, that’s all I want to know what do I get,” asked Rogan. The reporter savagely responded saying: “I’ll black out before I tap out, b*tch.”
The response was unexpected and caught the UFC colour commentator off guard. Rogan was impressed by the his confidence and said, “I’m gonna let him win that one, I like his moxie”
Even though it was banter, Rogan was a good sport and treated the fan well. But it is pretty clear that if they would have done that Rogan can easily beat anybody who has not trained in MMA at all.
A small glimpse into the martial arts career of Joe Rogan
Rogan started training martial arts when he was a teen. At the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Championship taekwondo tournament in the lightweight division. He even practised amateur kickboxing and holds a record of 2-1. In the year 2012, Rogan got his black belt in Jiu-jitsu.
Even now, Joe Rogan trains MMA and is in impeccable shape considering he is in his 50s. Rogan is famous for his brutal sidekicks which can even drop MMA fighters.
There are several clips of Rogan showcasing his sidekicks on punching bags that have gone viral. The kicks were so good that even the UFC GOAT, Georges St-Pierre was impressed by them. During one episode of the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’, GSP also talked about practising the same kicks by watching and learning from Rogan.
It would have been interesting to watch Joe Rogan taking on an unknown person who challenged him. However, the conversation wasn’t at all on a serious note and everyone had good laugh about it.