TORONTO — If UFC president Dana White gets his wish, popular colour commentator Joe Rogan will be getting a new broadcast partner in 2017.
“This has been my dream to assemble this dream team of commentating and I’ve wanted this guy for years and I’m working on it and it’s going to happen,” White told Sportsnet.
White would not divulge any more information as to who his targeted broadcast partner for Rogan is, nor did he address what this might mean for the future of Mike Goldberg.
Rumours began surfacing last week that the UFC’s new ownership group is considering taking the promotion’s broadcasting style in a different direction.
Rogan has been working for the UFC since 1997 and has been a part of a high percentage of MMA’s most famous calls.
“Joe Rogan in my opinion is the greatest to ever do it,” White added. “The greatest ever to call fights. HBO is very cocky and arrogant in their [boxing] production — but they deserve to be; they do it well and everything else — but Joe Rogan is the greatest to ever call fights in a combat sport.”
The standup comedian announced on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast in July that he agreed to a new contract with the UFC that would see him remain with the company for “at least one more year.” Rogan did mention that he would no longer travel to commentate on international events and would only do pay-per-view shows going forward.
Rogan will be one of the commentators for Saturday’s UFC 206 event in Toronto.