If there was ever a guy who fit the mold of a prototypical UFC fighter without ever actually being one, it's Joe Rogan. Beyond the man's incredibly astute knowledge of all things MMA, Rogan also happens to be a former tae kwon do National champion, a black belt in jiu-jitsu (under Jean Jaques Machado in gi & Eddie Bravo, no-gi), and the possessor of a spinning back kick that Georges St-Pierre once called "f*cking crazy."
But alas, it seems that the thought of seeing Joe Rogan step into the Octagon is and has always been something a pipe dream. Talking with former world kickboxing champion Joseph “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, the UFC colorman barely blinked when asked if he would ever trade in his mic for a pair of gloves.
At 49 years old, the idea of seeing Rogan step into the Octagon is a dubious one at best ("I'm old as f*ck," Rogan says). When asked if he would have competed in his prime, however, Rogan seemed a little more optimistic.
Rogan was quick to mention that, at the time when he competed in his final kickboxing match in 1989, he might have been prohibited by the fact that "there was no money in [MMA]." But more importantly, Rogan attributes the effects of his "meathead-style" training as the greatest hinderance to his potential career.
I was getting headaches too, just from sparring. I did not spar smart. I sparred meathead style. I know a lot more today than I ever did then as far as consequences and what is important and how to learn better. It wasn’t calculated and intelligent. [It was] just being obsessed, constantly training all the day.
Of course, there's one other thing that might have prevented Joe from becoming a fighter...
At least he's honest about it.