Joe Rogan Officially No Longer Part Of UFC 271 Amid Spotify Controversy, Replaced By UFC Legend
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Joe Rogan will not be part of the UFC 271 broadcast and has been replaced on the show by Michael Bisping.
Rogan was expected to join John Anik and Daniel Cormier for Saturday's event in Houston, Texas.
Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports has confirmed with a UFC official that Rogan will not be part of the broadcast after all.
The official reason has been listed as a 'scheduling conflict' and former middleweight champion Bisping will take his place.
Bisping previously took Rogan's place for UFC 251 which emanated from Abu Dhabi.
Rogan is expected to return to the booth for UFC 272 next month.
The 54-year-old was heavily criticised last month for 'spreading false information' about COVID-19 and letting controversial guests voice their opinion on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
Musicians started to pull their music from Spotify in protest and it put Rogan under the spotlight.
He's now involved in a racism storm after a video of him using the 'N-word' multiple times on his podcast emerged.
70 episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience aired between 2009 and 2018 have been removed from Spotify in response and Rogan issued a public apology.
‘My sincere, deepest apologies and much love’: Joe Rogan, the popular U.S. podcaster, apologizes for using racial slurs after a montage video surfaces https://t.co/noZCOImUlj pic.twitter.com/AzedhGEc8q— Reuters (@Reuters) February 6, 2022
Since then he's argued there is currently a 'political hit-job' out on him.
"That video had always been out there. It’s like, this is a political hit job," Rogan told comedian Akaash Singh on Thursday's edition on his podcast.
"And so they’re taking all this stuff I’ve ever said that’s wrong and smushing it all together."
"It’s good because it makes me address some (expletive) that I really wish wasn’t out there.
"You just have to stay offline… Life goes on, as normal."
UFC 271 will be main-evented by Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker and Adesanya passionately defended Rogan during a pre-fight press conference.
'The Last Stylebender' said Rogan is one of the coolest and 'most humble motherf**kers' he's met in the fight game.