Joe Rogan can beat people up.
As a Taekwondo black-belt, he is a former 4x state champion, 1x US Open champion, and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well. He had 3 fights as an amateur kickboxer, holding a record of 2W-1L. He would leave kickboxing, and all of martial arts at 21 however, and started his career in comedy.
In 1997, Rogan was hired by the UFC as a backstage interviewer. According to Joe, he got the gig simply by contacting the promotion, explaining his background, and offering his services. His first show was UFC 12, which featured a young Vitor Belfort winning the heavyweight tournament, and Mark Coleman submitting Dan Severn to unify the super-fight and heavyweight championship belts.
Dana White offered Rogan the job of colour commentator for the promotion in 2001, but Rogan turned him down initially. In 2002, White promised Rogan his friends would all get great seats to the event if he would serve as commentator, causing him to finally cave.
It is not clear how much longer Rogan will be with the UFC. While he has expressed enjoying working with the likes of Dominick Cruz, Jon Anik, and others on the new broadcast team, his UFC contract is up this summer, and he has talked frequently of finally retiring from the gig.
Here are 5 times Joe Rogan proved he can fight:
5. Joe Rogan on “Mastering the System” w/ Eddie Bravo
Joe Rogan actually holds BJJ black belts under 2 different teachers. He holds a blackbelt under Jean Jacques Machado, who was taught by Carlson Gracie, and also under Eddie Bravo at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu.
Rogan and Bravo have become friends over the years, and Bravo is a frequent, and somewhat controversial, guest on the Joe Rogan Experience. He is a big conspiracy theorist, and lately he and Joe have been having some heated discussions over some of Bravo’s beliefs.
Rogan also appeared on some of Eddie Bravo’s instructional videos. Check out Rogan in this clip from Eddie Bravo’s “Mastering the System”: