Joe Rogan wins by spinning back kick in the STOMACH during the 1987 US Cup in Connecticut.
Joseph James “Joe” Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, and color commentator. He is also a former actor, host, and mixed martial artist but is perhaps best known for his podcast titled The Joe Rogan Experience, performing stand-up comedy, color commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and hosting former reality showsFear Factor and Joe Rogan Questions Everything.
Rogan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He was raised in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts until age seven, then San Francisco, California to age 11, and then moved to Gainesville, Florida.
He is of one quarter Irish and three quarters Italiandescent. His biological father, a police officer in Newark, has not been in contact with Rogan since he was six years old. He briefly attended the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Rogan began working for the UFC in 1997, making his debut interviewing fighters at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Dothan, Alabama, before eventually becoming a color commentator for the promotion.
He has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter award for Best Television Announcer on two occasions. He was also named “MMA Personality of the Year” three times by the World MMA Awards.
During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15. He became the Massachusetts full contact taekwondo champion for four consecutive years. He started judo at the age of 20 and after a year of training received blue belt.
In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. He is a black belt in Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian jiu jitsu, and a black belt in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado. He was also a kickboxer, holding an amateur record of 2-1.