Fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship know Joe Rogan as the spirited and colorful voice behind the commentary during the organization’s television broadcasts. Rogan’s affiliation with the UFC dates back to 1997, when he began conducting interviews with fighters before moving into the color commentary position. His service with the UFC predates current president Dana White’s involvement with the organization; Rogan has indeed been part of the UFC since its very earliest days.
Rogan draws heavily on his background as a stand-up comedian to provide entertaining and sometimes-humorous insights into the UFC matches he covers. He has earned numerous awards for his color commentary, including two Best Television Announcer honors from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards and an MMA Personality of the Year nod from the World MMA Awards in 2011. He was also a nominee for a Teen Choice Award in 2003.
Casual fans may not realize it, but Rogan is actually a trained and accomplished martial artist himself. At the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Taekwondo Championships, and he also holds black belts in multiple Brazilian jiu jitsu disciplines. His prominence in the UFC has helped him make major inroads in the entertainment industry, and he has enjoyed increasing success as a stand-up comedian as a result of his work with the UFC.
Rogan has also starred in numerous television shows and movies. His credits include a recurring role on the hit NBC situation comedy NewsRadio, and he has also served as the host of NBC’s popular reality TV show Fear Factor. Rogan has also landed major roles in the feature films Zookeeper and Here Comes the Boom.
In 2008, Rogan married his longtime girlfriend, with whom he now has two children. He makes his home in Bell Canyon, California, a small town in Ventura County approximately one hour from Los Angeles.