Two of the longest tenured faces of the UFC have landed on a key record of probably the most highly effective entertainers on this planet.
UFC president Dana White and longtime broadcast analyst Joe Rogan are a part of the 2021 Selection 500, an annual record put out by Selection journal of “probably the most highly effective individuals working within the world leisure and media enterprise.”
White and Rogan are a part of the Stay Leisure part of the record. That part consists of WWE president and chief income officer Nick Khan, veteran radio host Howard Stern, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and musical theater legend Andrew Lloyd Webber.
White’s entry features a caption beneath a fairly outdated mug shot that claims, “Whereas different sports activities league chiefs take a tough line on pandemic security, he thumbs his nostril at coronavirus issues.”
The entry leads with White’s stance on UFC fighters and COVID-19 vaccinations.
“White declared the Final Preventing Championship would by no means require its fighters to be vaccinated, persevering with his controversially opposite method to coronavirus security,” White’s entry reads. “Below the UFC’s contract with ESPN, the league was required to stage 42 fights in 2020, and White did his greatest to ship, placing on UFC 249 in Florida in Could and. holding a collection of fights within the league’s Las Vegas manufacturing amenities, all with out an viewers, earlier than shifting the motion to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island (dubbed Combat Island), the place a number of thousand followers had been allowed to observe the matches in-person. Starting within the spring of 2021, White started holding full-scale UFC occasions within the U.S., with no masks or social distancing required.”
Rogan’s entry additionally contains a mug shot properly previous its prime – from when Rogan nonetheless had hair and wasn’t a head-shaver. Its caption reads, “He and his no-holds-barred podcast have proved themselves cancellation-proof within the face of a number of controversies.”
To make sure, Rogan’s inclusion on the record has the whole lot to do with the huge Spotify deal he landed in 2020 for his podcast and little or no, if something, to do along with his work with the UFC.
“Within the wake of signing a $100 million Spotify deal in 2020, Rogan and his podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Expertise’ grew to become a favourite goal of critics for his assaults on ‘woke’ tradition and vaccine passports, and his controversial friends together with conspiracy-loving radio host Alex Jones,” Rogan’s entry reads. “He impressed inner protests by Spotify staff, who alleged that the podcast was transphobic. To high that off, he ignited a contemporary firestorm in September when he admitted that he had contracted COVID-19 and was treating it with ivermectin, a drug meant for parasitic infections, not viruses. And none of that appeared to hurt the recognition of his present. Rogan, who has labored as a sitcom actor (‘Newsradio,’ 1995-99) and reality-series host (‘Worry Issue,’ 2001-06, 2011-12), continues to carry out stand-up and do coloration commentary for UFC matches.”
Rogan has scaled again his UFC stay commentary duties lately to incorporate solely pay-per-view occasions. And even with that, he hasn’t executed all of them. His polarizing stance on treating his Fall 2021 case of COVID-19 was picked up by White, who mentioned in early December his total fast household was optimistic for the virus – and that he had taken Rogan’s recommendation on tips on how to deal with it.
After just a few weeks off for the vacations, the UFC returns to motion subsequent week with UFC on ESPN 32 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.