UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is not someone to be fond of how people hold up to his past, or even others’. Adesanya is one of the most outspoken supporters of UFC colour commentator, podcast kingpin and comedian Joe Rogan. Rogan has been facing a lot of trouble relating to his Spotify exclusive podcast The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE). Adesanya last spoke in support of Rogan at the pre-fight press conference of his main-event at UFC 271, a title rematch against preceding champion Robert Whittaker.
Rogan was first targetted by people of certain political side for spreading misinformation regarding the vaccination and treatment of Covid-19. Then, a decade old video clip started surfing on the internet regarding Rogan saying the n-word which happened when JRE was available on YouTube as well. Rogan has apologised for the word use and has also successfully defended himself against the claims of him spreading misinformation, however, many artists like Neil Young have stripped down their music from Spotify when the platform refrained from removing JRE.
Israel Adesanya believes Joe Rogan controversy is adversely effective enough to defame someone
After his fight against Robert Whittaker and UFC 271 which he won via unanimous decision, Adedsanya visited comedians Andrew Schulz and Akaash Singh to talk about his last fight and address his take on the Joe Rogan Cotroversy on the podcast Flagrant 2.
“It’s a systematic way of trying to take power away from someone,” says Adesanya “I know Rogan. His (response to Neil Young) … when he made that video, I was kind of like, man, he handled that really nicely, told his Neil Young story, and he wasn’t even mad. That’s how you handle that. When (the N-word) video came out, yeah, he was wrong.
He shouldn’t have said that. And he said ‘I’m sorry.’ That was the most sincere (apology), not scripted-Hollywood-my-manager-wrote-this-down-for-me-to-apologize. What more do you want? It’s just this f*cking culture of just like, ‘No, we’re gonna hold you to your past.’ That’s how many years ago,” concluded Adesanya. [h/t MMA Junkie]
Who do you think is next for Israel Adesanya? What did you make of his comments on the Joe Rogan controversy here and during UFC 271 pre-fight press conference as well?