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Joe Rogan explains what brought him to MMA

Joe Rogan is detailing the 'humiliating' experience that led him to pursue MMA. Rogan, 55, is currently a veteran commentator for the UFC, as wel


Joe Rogan is detailing the ‘humiliating’ experience that led him to pursue MMA. Rogan, 55, is currently a veteran commentator for the UFC, as well as being a podcaster, comedian, actor and former television host. Rogan also hosts ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ which has an estimated 11 million listeners per episode.

Rogan’s experience in MMA consisted of participating in the state Taekwondo championship and fighting professionally as a kickboxer.

When talking about ‘JRE episode #1871’, Rogan shared with Hollywood film producer Jon Peters how he got interested in combat sports. The veteran film producer asked Rogan:

“Have you ever been in a fight, where it’s fair game for him to get knocked out?”

In response, Joe Rogan said:

“You mean like a full contact fight.”

To which Peters said:

“Like a street fight.”

Rogan responded with a story about what happened to him when he was only 14 years old.

“No, I didn’t really get into street fights. I avoided street fights. The last three fights I had were probably when I was like 14 years old.”.

“The last one I entered, I lost it. And the guy didn’t even hurt me. He put me in a headlock. Like, I didn’t even know we were going to fight”.

“I thought, why is this guy looking at me like that? As he caught my face, he grabbed me in a headlock and threw me to the floor and climbed on top of me in the bathroom of the boys’ room. And he did, he said he was going to punch me, then he laughed and said, ‘No, I don’t even have to.’

“And he left me and it was humiliating, it was humiliating.”

The Joe Rogan Experience

After the incident, which obviously had a definite impact on Rogan, He began training in different disciplines of martial arts, including Taekwondo and Juijitsu. Rogan continued saying that he also wanted to learn to fight:

I realize that, my God, I have to learn to fight. And then I joined the wrestling team.”