Dana White: Joe Rogan could have worked at UFC 271, calls history of scheduling conflict ‘bullsh*t’

Intrigue thickens around Joe Rogan’s absence from the latest UFC pay-per-view.

Earlier this week, it was initially reported that Rogan was to fill his usual color commentator role for UFC 271, but it was reported later Friday that Michael Bisping would replace him. In a statement released to MMA Fighting, the UFC said Rogan had a “scheduling conflict” that made him unavailable for Saturday’s event.

Rogan is a UFC pay-per-view mainstay, and the timing of the news was suspicious considering he recently came under fire after a video surfaced of him repeatedly using a racial slur, as well. only for using his popular podcast. to provide a platform for guests with controversial positions on the COVID-19 pandemic.

UFC President Dana White was asked to comment on Rogan’s situation at the UFC 271 post-fight presser, and he refuted the official UFC statement, saying Rogan was available to work in the commentary desk.

“There is no scheduling conflict,” White said. “Joe Rogan didn’t work tonight. Joe Rogan could have worked tonight.

Pressed for more details, White confirmed it was Rogan’s choice not to comment on Saturday.

“Yeah,” White said. “I don’t know what Joe Rogan had to do, you’ll have to ask Joe Rogan, but there was no ‘Joe couldn’t work’ or anything like that. I know it came out. It’s total bullshit.

Rogan’s absence was noted during the evening as a “Free Joe Rogan” chant broke out on more than one occasion at the Toyota Center. Rogan is scheduled to return to action at UFC 272 in Las Vegas on March 5.

However, White couldn’t say for sure when Rogan would return.

“Every time he works again, he will work,” White said.