Joe Rogan Calls Racism into Play in Regard to UFC Champ Jon Jones Lacking Popularity

September 9, 2014
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Jon JonesUFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones is one of the most successful fighters in company history. He holds numerous UFC records, including most light heavyweight title defenses, the longest winning streak in light heavyweight history, and the youngest fighter to become a champion in the promotion.

Jon Jones has toppled the crème de la crème of the 205-pound division to get where he is. He won the belt by taking out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and has defended it against the likes of Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, and Lyoto Machida.

Yet, he remains one of the more polarizing figures in the sport. While most praise his skill in the cage, Jones seems to have at least as many detractors as supporters when it comes to his likability.

Celebrities, and especially athletes, are often the targets of a vocal minority that get noticed because they are generally the ones screaming the loudest. But why are they screaming at Jon Jones?

“I don’t know why Jon is not more loved or popular than he is,” said UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan on a recent edition of his popular The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Although he may not understand why Jones isn’t more popular than he is, he did venture to hypothesize about it, going so far as to level the charge that some of the detractors could be racially motivated.

“I don’t understand it. In my opinion, I will never miss a Jon Jones (expletive) pay-per-view. I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, he’s cocky. He’s this and (that).’ I wonder what the (expletive) is going on with that and I’m going to throw this out there, I’m just going to say it: I wonder how much of it is racism. I really do.

“You know why? Because I think they look at him as this cocky black guy and I think a lot of people have an issue with that. And I think that if he was a white guy and he was doing the same thing, a la a Chael Sonnen, I think he would be way more popular. Chael was never the successful athlete that Jon is, but I think Chael was way more successful as a promoter than Jon is. Jon has not been nearly as cocky or outwardly braggadocios as Chael was.”

Rogan did admit, however, that there is a distinct difference between Jones and Sonnen. While most people tend to believe that Jones isn’t playing any sort of role, trying to set himself up as the bad guy, Sonnen openly admits that he was trying to be the heel in MMA, and was quite successful at doing so.

“Chael was very entertaining. Best (trash) talker that MMA has ever seen. I think he’s a better (trash) talker than Muhammed Ali,” said Rogan. “He’s one of the best (trash) talkers ever. I really do believe that.”

That didn’t stem Rogan’s rant about the detractors and the racial comments that he believes are sure to be flung his way now that he’s opened the proverbial can of worms.

“I always found it odd when everybody would get upset at (Jones) and say that they didn’t like that he’s cocky. He’s 25 and he’s the UFC light heavyweight champion. He’s the youngest ever UFC champion. He destroyed Shogun to win the title, and I mean destroyed. He threw a flying knee and hit Shogun in the chin five seconds into their fight,” he went on.

“I know I’m going to get a bunch of hate tweets. ‘What do you got? White guilt? Calling out racism?’

“I’m probably going to get an equal amount from ‘the Aryan race,’ mad at me for defending Jon Jones, ‘The cocky negro.’ I really think there’s something to that,” Rogan continued.

SEE ALSO: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Caught Off Air Exchanging Threats (Video)

“I think people want a guy who is so physically gifted and young and brash and black and rich, they want him to have more humility or fake humility, as it were. I think Jon’s trying that a little bit. That’s one of the reasons Daniel Cormier was like, ‘You are fake; you are so fake.’ Cormier was saying that to him because I think he’s trying to counteract how people feel about him.”


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  • bvol

    Simply not true… I think Jon jones was extremely popular and we’ll liked. His first uh oh was the d.u.i. that totaled his car. The second, his attitude toward not taking a fight against an easy win in chael sonnen because it was too dangerous and not right for him. I believe that’s when a small crowd stopped following him. But the biggest reason is because he was so dominant and people like dominant fighters but eventually they want to see them get beat to bring parody; build you up to bring you down. This has nothing what so ever to do with race, Joe’s show must be getting lower ratings. Personally, I’m a Rashad fan and I feel Rashad was pushed out of his house and it showed me that Jon Has some what of a diva personality. I’m not sure the camp situation should have turned bout differently but I feel there was more to what we know

    • F-Jones

      its not racism, its cause he’s a dick and people see that. if racism was the reason all sports would be f—ed. people don’t like jones cause he comes off arrogant, doesn’t seem as if he appreciates his fans and has a holyer then now attitude. f— jones and i don’t say that as a racist. i say it as a person who loves mma, and hates jones being the face of the ufc.

  • Paul

    What about the popularity of Anderson Silva, Cain Valasquez, Jose Aldo, and GSP. A variety of races, yet popular.

    The difference with jones is that he consistently makes childish comments during interviews.

  • Oggie

    I didin’t like how he dodged gustaffson (not saying he didint win the fight). you can argue if he rightfully won the fight or not, but you cant argue that he didint dodge gustaffson, and when he finally accepts the fight, he is trying to revert the whole situation as in, fine, ”my fans, ill listen to you and take the fight” After almost being forced to fight him by Dana.. Oh well that’s just my thoughts and my reason for not liking him anymore.

  • Maddawgmar

    Joe Rogan you are a dumbass… Really trying to pull the race card? The reason why I am not a Jon Jones fan has nothing to do about the color of his skin. It has a lot to do about his personality. He has the personality of a wet sponge. It also has to do with his attitude towards his opponents, as in the Gustaffson rematch. He won by a slim margin yet didn’t want to give an immediate rematch because, “I felt I won every round.” Cant speak about others but that’s why I don’t like him. Racism, GTFO

    • snapdad

      agreed. jones isn’t liked because he just acts like a d*ck, and he is cocky. chael on the other hand was cocky, but in a joking kind of way. jones just has this attitude that makes it look like he thinks he is above everyone. so, if moron is a race, then I guess im racist.

      • Maddawgmar

        I don’t mind cocky, as long as you can back it up. Jones can back it up, but when there is doubt by people that he bested someone, he didn’t want to silence the doubt immediately. That to me is not a true champion. Yeah he destroyed Glover, but the doubt lied with Gustafson. Take Rousey for example, she is cocky as hell, but if she fought someone who she barely beat, I’m sure she would want a rematch to prove she was better.

  • riverdawg

    Joe is really reaching on this one. People liked Chael Sonnen because he was Cocky, Funny, well spoken and had an infectious personality. Chael was one of the best heel personalities in MMA. Jon Jones has non of those qualities except maybe Cocky. Terrible comparison. People don’t like Jon for a myriad of reasons. He’s just a very odd guy. His instagram videos are awkward and weird. And he does come off very fake/phony when he is interviewed just like DC said. I can’t quite put my finger on it but he’s just straight up strange and isn’t a likable guy. Has nothing to do with his race, imo. That being said I think people care too much about these fighters personalities. Should care about what he’s doing in the cage. I love watching Jon fight. Can’t argue with what he’s accomplished. Outside of the cage, as long as he’s not beating his wife or something I don’t care and I’ll keep watching. I’m a fight fan, not a personality fan. I wanna be watching when and if he gets beaten just as much as I wanna see him extend his win streak.

  • kale

    Just when i was starting to like joe rogan.. im a mayweather fan and never missed a fight since he beat gotti. I just dont like jones because i feel he is fake and corny as hell. The only reason i like sonnen is because he was a funny ass mofo. But is he a better trash talker than ali.. i dont think so. Thats like saying hulk hogan was a better trash talker and we all know sonnen was never a trash talker till he made wwe friends. I mean the way he started talking sounds just like a wrestler from wwe. I never took him serious but he was funny. Im sure people will come around to liking jones one day thats how it usually works. Rogan is entitled to his opinion but saying people dont like him because we are racist is ignorant. Im sure some people might be racist but not enough to come out publicly and say that shit.

  • Darin

    I’m black* and I’ve noticed this always happens with champions, regardless of race. We like underdogs. We like the quiet, humble guy that, against all odds, wins it all. When someone has been a dominant champion for a time, fans get tired of them. These champs also tend to develop an arrogance they didn’t have when they were coming up, of course that’s only human nature.

    People turned against Anderson Silva. His quiet humility just seemed to be an obnoxious arrogance after awhile. I liked him when he first came to the UFC, but several years later the guy still usually refuses to speak English? He’s not a stupid man and he’s lived in America for a long time. He knows English, he just seems to think it beneath him to use it.

    Even GSP, the most impossibly nice guy in the world. He has done an awesome job of always being nice and respectful, but fans still turned on him over the last couple years (me included). Did GSP get drunk and crash his Bentley? Did GSP attack a competitor because he pushed him at a publicity event? Did GSP win his last fight by putting his fingers in his opponents eyes for nearly the whole fight?

    Jones has done all those things and shows no regret, no humility. He sports a Bible verse tat, but does not behave as a Christian. Watch him in an interview: he thinks he’s a god, like everything he says is brilliant. The fans have turned. They are rooting for his opponents. They want to see him humbled (of course, Gus already did that). This is all normal and has been seen in sports a thousand times.

    It isn’t racial, Joe.

    *(I’m not black.)

    • TrentSki

      He does speak english, just not very well

      He wasn’t like Fedor who refused to learn any english at all out of principle, and people on the mma forums loved him

    • jeff

      Very well said.

  • jimmy777

    Hey Rogan you freakin ahole, we have enough fkg idiots screaming racism without you joining. If you want to talk real racism talk about all the blacks in the country playing the knockout game with whites, or the 3 whites brutally beatin unconscious a few nights ago AT Kroger grocery store by 100 blacks and they laughed their heads off as they did it. Getting sick and tired of aholes like you making things worse especially when your dead wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Darin

      That thing at the Kroger in Memphis? One person was white, the other two were black. I saw the video, it didn’t look like anywhere near 100 blacks. Not saying you don’t have a point, just get the facts straight or you look as dumb as you claim Rogan is.

      • jimmy777

        Three whites, one black security office was not hurt, it was a blacks attacking whites, the usual chit.

    • Matt Reeber

      ….this is the pot calling the kettle black.

  • jimmy777

    Hey Rogan you freakin dummies, we have enough fkg idiots screaming racism without you joining. If you want to talk real racism talk about all the blacks in the country playing the knockout game with whites, or the 3 whites brutally beatin unconscious a few nights ago by 100 blacks and they laughed their heads off as they did it. ( ) Getting sick and tired of dummies like you making things worse especially when your dead wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jimmy777

    Go to hell rogen you race baiting POS

  • JonesSucks

    Jones is an A-hole that’s why I don’t like him. I like Anderson Silva, Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson and they’re black. Is not about the color of his skin, is about attitude. I really dislike Alistar Overeem, not because he’s black mixed, but because he’s an A-hole like Jone Jones. For one A-hole another A-hole, that’s why Overeem hurt Jones because they’re both the same kind of idiots and that’s why neither one are fan favorites.

  • backkick

    I like Rogan but he’s dead wrong here. I am a big fan of a lot of black fighters and can’t stand Jones. To compare Jones to Sonnen is pretty ridiculous seeing as Sonnen is pretty much a wordsmith and Jones is usually just an immature douche. My 2 cents

    • uncle

      I don’t remember Jon having a sense of humor
      like Sonnen

  • Amin

    Joe Rogan had some quality points, especially comparing Jon Jones trash talking to Chael Sonnen. I agree that Sonnen has seen a little more success and I feel like it’s because he appeases to White American fans versus the world as a whole.

    But that’s where I finish my agreement with Rogan. Jon Jones is a fucking prick and a lying scumbag. He promotes himself to be a good, God loving human being, giving to charity and providing for his family, as well as promoting himself to have the ethics of a Martial Artists. Jon Jones is none of these. He was arrested for drunk driving, he was seen chasing girls into the women’s bathroom, and he declines fights left and right because he sees himself as a ‘business’. He’s whoring himself to the media.

    Chael stepped up to fight after being demolished by Anderson Silva on two weeks notice. Jon Jones refuses to fight Gustaffson and talks shit to a respectable Olympian in Daniel Cormier. You tell me if there’s racism in that.

  • Amin

    Joe Rogan had some quality points, especially comparing Jon Jones trash talking to Chael Sonnen. I agree that Sonnen has seen a little more success and I feel like it’s because he appeases to White American fans versus the world as a whole.

    But that’s where I finish my agreement with Rogan. Jon Jones is a prick and a lying scumbag. He promotes himself to be a good, God loving human being, giving to charity and providing for his family, as well as promoting himself to have the ethics of a Martial Artists. Jon Jones is none of these. He was arrested for drunk driving, he was seen chasing girls into the women’s bathroom, and he declines fights left and right because he sees himself as a ‘business’. He’s whoring himself to the media.

    Chael stepped up to fight after being demolished by Anderson Silva on two weeks notice. Jon Jones refuses to fight Gustaffson and talks s— to a respectable Olympian in Daniel Cormier. You tell me if there’s racism in that.

  • uncle

    Jones trying to agitate DC off camera,should be the
    perfect example why people don’t like him. When he claims to be a Christian.Jon is sitting on the fence you
    can’t be a hero and villain.

  • rcard53762

    It has nothing to do with him being so arrogant. And didn’t fight Sonnen when he could have and the UFC had to cancel an event.
    He got the chance against Shogun on short notice but he wouldn’t do the same for another fighter. He is a great great fighter, you cant take that away from him. When he came out after the Shogun fight and talked about the purse snatching incident. I was like this guy is the coolest most down to earth guy ever. After him and Cormier came out threatening each other I was like what clowns. I hope DC destroys Jon Jones by the way. Just because I dont think DC is so fake.

  • Bob Pants

    Rogan is intelligent and all that and a lot of people like him but sometimes the shit he says is f—ed and he can be kind of an airhead

  • Joe rogain

    Its just joe trying to go main stream again. Racism the hot topic. We don’t like jones cause he is a fake prick!! If he came out as a fake prick to begin with everyone would love him now he spent his whole career lieing to us n now his real self exposed. If he runs with it. In keeps winning he will win everyone over. In joe sometimes ur just stupid


    Bottom line is hes a perpetual hypocrite,and a dirty fighter(kicking the knees)Yes I know their legal,its still dirty in my mind-

  • Joe rogain

    I knew that’s why DC dont like jones cause he racist

  • yeLLowmonkEy

    Ohhhhhhh that’s why I strongly dislike him…

    …but then why am I such a Cormier fan?

  • Ahmaid Ahdoodi

    If Rogan’s correct, then those same fans who helped make Anderson Silva so popular must be racist too.

    Joe must have smoked some bad weed before this interview.

  • L

    Personally, I think Jones came out of nowhere, and on his road to the top, he probably beat a fighter you (and everyone else) really liked. Maybe you were a big Stephan Bonnar fan (not I, but many noobs were), Hammill had that TUF following as well, Vera was quite popular at the time. Rampage… Lyoto… Rashad…

    So my basic theory is that Jon surprised too many fans. He rose too quickly. They wanted to see him lose against their existing favorites, and win the rematch, not tear through the division, effectively retiring all those who lost to him.

    Or hey, it could be racism.

    • TrentSki

      You are a noob, so you should appreciate Bonnar. Even everyone else that isn’t a noob likes Bonnar

      • L

        Anyone who watched UFC pre-TUF is certainly not a noob.

  • PV

    Maybe fans don’t like Jones because he’s an ass. He’s not accessible to the fans. He could take some lessons from Tito, Chuck, and Randy. Jones blew off my kids when they asked for a picture at Twin Peaks in ABQ watching a UFC event.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    funny…I always thought people disliked Jones because he refused fights, did bizarre interviews stating “America could learn a lot from me”, stole Rashad Evan’s pre-fight on all fours cage walk in, poked eyes, took video selfies after naps talking about how jealous people are of him..then deleting the video 20 minutes later, and his overall lack of social skills and failed attempts at humor. But sure we could just play the race card too and blame whites for him not being popular.

    • deepgrim

      joe is usually on the mark but this statement is so dumb. anderson is still a popular fighter. jones beat some legends which their fans would not like, likes of machida, shogun and rampage. then he comes out with this fake religious s— after his fights- i hate that, he is just full of s—

    • snapdad

      perfectly said. you hit that dead on

    • earlsimmons

      can add DUI to that list

  • Boomboom1234

    No one likes Jon jones because he is who he is. Everything that is said about him is true, fake, cocky, arrogant etc etc. ITS ALL TRUE. Video proof of it is all over the web. No one likes a dick head plain and simple.

  • rapidfire

    I can’t stand Joe Rogan because he just annoying and never know when to STFU.Joe Rogan thinks he unlocked the mysteries of universe by smoking some DMT.He also believes that humans have evolved from apes who experimented with DMT. That being said I must be hating on Joe Rogan because I’m racist too!!!

  • Corey Hutton

    How can you tell Rogan is American? He’s retarded and playing the race card.

    • earlsimmons

      Not american broseph. hes liberal. Big difference.

      • Chicago

        WOW! I have been following JRE online for 2 years and to call Joe a liberal is 100% incorrect. He is middle of the road. Just some examples: he is a huge hunter, believes in gun rights, and does not believe in affirmative action. Not trying to start an argument just saying.

  • dude

    Sonnen wasn’t exactly loved by everyone either, you either loved him or hated him. Same with Jones.

  • ScoobySnacks

    Jones has no charisma or personality, that’s his problem. Not a people’s champ.

  • DamianCross

    By this exact same logic, Joe Rogan calling out Carlos Mencia and Wesley Snipes in public makes him the biggest racist of all, considering he had no legitimate gripe with either man.

  • dandogood

    little Joe Rogan is right 100%. Fans hate Jon Jones.

  • dandogood

    Jon Jones is like the UFC’s Oprah Winfrey. Fans are aware of but no one watches Jon Jones.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Sounds like Rogan didn’t have any other valid point to make so he just played the race card. Basically he’s saying that if you don’t like Jones for ANY reason, then you must be racist.

    • Chicago

      People who are hating on Joe really need to here the whole conversation
      that took place on the Joe Rogan Experience #546 at around 2:33:00. All
      he said was that their was a PERCENTAGE of people who don’t like him do
      to the fact that he is a “cocky negro.” (his words not mine) NOT
      EVERYONE who hates him, just a percentage of people who do. Easy guys.

  • Sgt. Pepper

    Thats BS. Im not racist, but I dont like Jones ’cause I think hes an arrogant jackass. On the other hand I love Anderson Silva, and he’s black too.

  • Joe

    Maurice Smith, Kevin Randleman, rampage, Benson Henderson, Rashad Evans, and Anderson Silva; all black champions all fan favorites. one guy gets poked in the eye during a fight it’s an accident everybody gets poked in the eye during a fight you’re a dirty fighter. we don’t like Jon Jones because he’s Jon Jones and he’s a champion that does not accept every fight willingly.

  • jeff

    Hey JOE, stick to announcing, you’re really good at THAT. This article is the most ridiculous thing Ive ever heard you say. Jones acts like an arrogant prick and THATS why people don’t care for him.

  • TKDGuy

    Rogan is entitled to his misguided ill-stated opinion, just like the rest of us. I think people react so negatively to Jones because he is so inconsistent in his behavior and how he conducts himself, which comes across as both arrogance and hypocrisy. For instance, he avows himself as a Christian with a Bible verse tattoo (which evokes negative reactions from some in intself), then gets a DUI. He comes across arrogantly in some interviews, humble and self-effacing in others. Which is he?
    No one is totally consistent in being themselves, and most of us would trip up in the public eye. I also think it has a lot to do with his age, and that he is still young and immature regardless of his wealth and success.
    Just adding my own misguided, ill-informed opinion to everyone else’s. Not a huge fan of Jones, not a hater either. But racism, no.

  • Mike

    Jones isn’t liked because he’s not a likable guy, at least the personality he portrays to the public. And Sonnen could only dream of being the hype man Ali was in his day.

  • dandogood

    if little Joe Rogan was a foot taller he might be taken seriously.

    • candelario

      if you had half his brain, you might be mentally acute

      • Frankie

        If rogan had half of anyone’s brain he wouldn’t make such asinine comments

  • dandogood

    Cormier is beating Jon Jones anyway. so let Jones fade away.

    • L

      And Cormier is going to keep beating him for 5 years straight? Cormier will, if he wins, retire within 18 months tops. he’s 35 right now. Jones is much younger, 27.

  • TheCerealKiller

    I’m white and I love Jones. Don’t know what Joe is talking about?

    • Maria D’Amato

      Yeah something tells me you don’t understand any opinion that’s different from yours

      • RoBeRtOe

        That’s RACIST!

      • julian moran


    • Frankie

      I’m white and I think you’re an idiot.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I think you hide behind guest posts.

        • Frankie

          I think you hide behind your momma’s skirt

          • TheCerealKiller

            Glad you turned into a child. What are you, ten?

  • Mark McDowall

    Jones is a young athlete that went from barely making it…to having millions. He became a douche plain and simple. Thats why no one likes him. It’s got nothing to do with his skin color…just the fact that he was a douche….

  • Maria D’Amato

    It isn’t racist to dislike Bones Jones. Reasons I don’t like the guy having nothing to do with race 1. Cancelled UFC event 2. Admitted snitch on weed smokers 3. Though they try to portray him as such he doesn’t come off as a nice guy 4. IMO he lost to the big swede and doesn’t want the rematch 5, There’s so many other likeable guys in his division 6. Cormier is going to kick his ass anyway

    • TheCerealKiller

      1. He doesn’t have the power to cancel an event, the UFC tried to change his cotracted opponent. That’s so PRIDE
      2. You look down on someone for reporting illegal activity?
      3. Nice guys finish last, that’s why he’s the champ.
      4. You don’t like him because you think the judges got it wrong? He signed to fight him again, Gus got hurt.
      5. You only have enough room to like so many guys?
      6. You guys say everyone is going to beat Jones, still hasn’t happened.

      • Frankie

        1. Yes, he was responsible for cancelled event because he refused a fight…unlike a true champion.
        2. You a snitch too??
        3. Weidman is nice, so yeah, you’re wrong again.
        4. He was forced to sign after Dana had a talk with him
        5. No idea
        6. To be determined, but my money’s on Cormier

  • T1000

    Yup and we all hated Anderson Silva too because he’s black… Joe sounds like a real douche. Racism and accusing people of people of being racist isn’t something you just throw around. People don’t like Jones because of the way he carries himself and acts, don’t think it would matter if he black, white, or purple.

  • hillsidehammer

    Makes sense, that is why everyone hates the other cocky bla……wait…. Justin Bieber is not black…….maybe it could be his terrible attitude. Maybe it could be like mayweather, when you get yourself in a position where every foe is the underdog, people want to see you lose. When you do not lose people get mad and it builds. Me personally do I like him.

  • Chicago

    People who are hating on Joe really need to hear the whole conversation that took place on Joe Rogan Experience #546 at around 2:33:00. All he said was that their was a percentage of people who don’t like him due to the fact that he is a “cocky negro.” (his words not mine) NOT EVERYONE who hates him, just a percentage of people who do. Easy guys.

    • RubeKegal

      Yeah and those same people love Rampage, Anderson Silva, Kevin Randleman, Ben Henderson, etc…

      Sharty argument.

      • Chicago

        did you even read what i wrote? Or listen to the podcast? Because your kind of twisting my words. I never said that ALL the people who didn’t like JBJ were racist. In fact i said the exact opposite. I cant stand articles that take a 10 min conversation and shorten it down to a 3 min read with cliff notes.

        • RubeKegal

          No, I understand that. I was speaking out towards Rogan’s sediments,not yours.

    • RubeKegal

      How’s about you leave it at “cocky” and not “cocky Negro” For the longest time, people could not stand Tim Sylvia and Frank Shamrock. Were they “cocky crackers”?

      • Chicago

        im just quoting the man. the negro word in the quote is the part that we are arguing about.that’s like talking about gun rights and you asking me to leave out that word gun.

  • RubeKegal

    Rogan likes to stir the pot plain and simple. Well he likes to smoke it too, hence the lack of brain cells. If his hypothesis was the case, then no black fighter would be liked. However, people love Anderson Silva, people love Rampage. You mean to tell me the people who love Rampage but don’t like Jones are racist?!? His ratings have been slightly down so he is trying to elevate them once again by creating controversy. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with their skin color, it’s their personality. For me personally, I like Bones, but you have fighters like Rashad, Phil Davis, DC and several others who will continually say Bones is “fake as hell” and the fans are continually hearing that and some of them will drink the juice and hop on the bandwagon.

  • North

    Jezess its 2014 Joe, the race card, really……

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      in mississippi its still 1950.

  • gard

    I never thought I would Rogan try the old either you agree with me or your a racist. But then I have been told Americans use that one a lot.

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      he didn’t try that, listen to the show before you comment.

  • Chicago

    WOW! I have been following JRE online for 2 years and to call Joe a
    liberal is 100% incorrect. He is middle of the road. Just some examples:
    he is a huge hunter, believes in gun rights, and does NOT believe in
    affirmative action. Not trying to start an argument just saying. If you want to call me a D rider, whatever.But I just feel like people are commenting without listening to the whole convo.

    • Frankie

      Not liberal, just stupid

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      Ive been “following” the show for much more than 2 years. He is pretty far left. Hunting is in no way a conservative activity, my family and friends are progressives and we all hunt and fish. Same is true for many communities. He is not for gun rights, he think we should have guns for hunting tools not automatics and shit like conservatives. MANY ‘liberals” are/were against affirmative action.

      • Chicago

        Agree to disagree.

        • Aaron Gustaveson


  • Fightfankevin

    Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez, Ben Henderson, B.J. Penn, Jose Aldo, Rampage Jackson. A sample of racially and culturally diverse guys who are well loved and respected by fans. Jones is not a likeable guy simply because he is not a likeable guy. He is cocky, arrogant and people just don’t like it, period. Smoke another one Joe.

    • Jon Doe

      Don’t forget Mike Tyson, Ali, Jordan, Kobe, Mayweather (the most cocky jerk of them all) Winston (the Florida rapist) Barry Bonds,
      Lets not forget the most “sleazy hated jerk” in MMA is Dana White. A white guy.. is that racist?

  • Ahmaid Ahdoodi

    All right. I’ve spent the last day ‘wondering’ about ‘how much’ of Jones’ unpopularity is due to racism.

    It’s made me ‘wonder’ about how other racially diverse fighters can be so massively popular in the sport.

    And I’ve come to the conclusion that the main problem is actually ‘how much’ weed Joe smoked before giving this interview.

  • julian moran

    I disagree. Jon Jones is respected for his fighting abilities but very much disliked for his personality. It has nothing to do with race. African American fighters (Rashad, Rampage..) dislike him as much as fighters from other races. I find how Jones let Machida fall on his head after choking him out, very foretelling of his personality. He treated Rampage the same way in his fight. I cannot listen to any of his interviews/media appearances without finding him to be a complete fake douche. Just for kicks here are my awards for UFC’s douchiest fighters:
    1 place, Jon Jones.
    2 nd place, Ronda Rousey.
    3 place is a draw with Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping.

    • The guest of guests

      ^Agreed. While Sonnen is funny sometimes, he’s another one. I dislike him Rousey Jones Bisping and many others. I’m white, color doesn’t play into his personality or my reasoning for disliking him same as the others.

  • dumbdumbcumbumChael

    Sonnen, is a fake. A liar. A cheater. Delusional.

    Jon Jones, is hated because he is Jon Jones.

    Fedor was loved because he was Fedor.

  • Hansa

    Hehe…I guess Rogan must be colour blind. Somebody please tell him the skin colour of the GOAT Silva who is well known around the World.

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      but silva isn’t cocky, joe was saying that people acpet cocky white dudes but not cocky black dudes. Not that I agree with Joe.

  • Baller31

    Just when I thought Rogan couldn’t get any stupider or more irrelevant

  • dandogood

    Joe Rogan is a frustrated midget

  • Bill

    Perhaps if Jon stops poking people in the eye and stomping on their knees more people will like him.

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      holding his open hand out is one thing but kickin’ the knee is legit and legal.

  • dandogood

    face it Jon Jones is hated and despised.

  • Adam

    Anderson’s skin is black. Cain is brown. DC is black and they are my three of my favorite fighters. O yeah and I am a white guy but we are racist. Jon Jones is a douche and Joe is an idiot.

  • Bob Sacamanto

    All these people saying joe is an idiot have obviously never been to a bar and watched a fight with a bunch of people who don’t follow mma.

    • Bob Sacamanto

      Also jones is a kid so he really can’t be taken seriously as a man, and wouldn’t the oblique kick be considered joint manipulation?

      • From 40 yr old kid

        Jones is a 25 yr old man not a kid joe just trying to play the race card for his radio show…. N a 25 yr old man should be taken seriously most 25 yr old have family n kids.

        • Bob Sacamanto

          Just because someone has a family and kids does not make them a man by far, and yes 25 is a kid

  • Joseph Pilarski

    wasn’t anderson silva a cocky black guy everyone loves him, people just dont like jones because hes a asshole. not to mention is UFC had to cancel a fight because of him.

    • Grin

      What exactly did he ever do to called an asshole. And for the record Dana canceled the fights not Jones. Dana could have easily replaced the main event.

  • Steve Martinez

    Joe is a moron. EVERYTHING boils down to race. EVERYTHING. I’m so sick of it. I can’t stand Jones because he’s an ASSHOLE. I don’t care for Connor MacGregor either… am I racist against Leprechaun’s? I don’t much care for Rory Macdonald… I hate Canadians! Wait wait, I also can’t stand Hector Lombard… Oh my God… I’m racist against everyone!!!! NOOOOOOOoooooooo…….

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      Canadians are not a race.


    Not racism.. he comes off as an a-hole plain & simple… if he was open & honest and not 2 faced a-hole as everyone saw how he acts in front of the cameras & behind cameras, then he’d been more likeable

  • battle ready

    There will always be a small percentage of people who hate someone just because of skin color. I should add that this applies to all people of every race regardless. I’m sure that it is not a large enough number to effect Jones’ s popularity in any way as Rogan believes. I for one enjoy watching Jones fight and will continue to watch just like I will watch Anderson Silva. I have learned to try to avoid listening to media events and interviews with the fighters so my enjoyment of their great ability to fight isn’t tainted by their lack of character. Like saying ignorance is bliss in this case. I have unfortunately seen some of the different media events with Jones and every time my opinion of him as a person was definitely diminished. I agree with the posts on here eluding to his weird personality as the primary reason he is not more popular. He was likable until he was exposed. I will still watch his fights but do not want to know anything more about him outside of the fight.

  • Daehnip

    I personally hate his attitude. Nothing to do with racism

  • KooolOut

    First let me say I love watching this guy fight. I am rooting for him to win as a fighter, and as a person he might be top notch but let me be clear I do not hang out with him. As a fighter promoting a fight listening to him talk annoys me. I think he is like Frank Mir. He wants to be a sheeet talking martial artist. It just doesn’t bode well when confucius is trying to take pop shots at someone. It shows a confusion in character, at least to me… but hey I too am confused, often.

  • TruthMMA

    I’ve met Jones and have seen what a classy and respectable human being he is. The issue here is that he is confused on what role he is playing. He is (arguably) more dominant in his fights than Fedor. And the people LOVED Fedor. Yet, people still hate on Jonesbecause his true character is one of professionalism and class- and he is being pulled into a heel role when people start booing him. Just listen to his trash talk with Cormier- it’s horrible. It doesn’t sting at all, it’s almost elementary. He needs to focus on fighting, put the hate to the side and stop trying to be something he is not- a cocky athlete. I usually agree with Rogan on most things… Not on this though. Race is not a factor here. I think fans of the sport are going to hate on anybody trying to be someone they are not.

  • Tracy Lynn Turner

    Jones has no personality and that is why people dont like him not because his race.I myself am getting tired of Joe Rogan and his opinions. Please UFC replace his old ass!!!

  • Austin, TX

    Joe you just lost me there…

    • Austin, TX

      So is Daniel Cormier a racist because he doesn’t like him either? Or Rashad? eh Joe? Joe Rogan you just rendered your opinions as immediately suspect…you’ve got issues, yourself. So do I not love women or the Irish because I criticize Rousey or McGregor? Do I not like tall people because I use to say that Tim Sylvia had an unfair advantage?

      You just exposed yourself as a race card playing huckster and race hustler. There is something called the racism industry. You just joined it.

  • Maven

    Maybe it was because his head has gotten a little big. Myself I love watching Jones fight, but cringe during some of his interviews. He seems to be trying too hard as many others have mentioned, but he should be given some slack, as he’s human, and he’s trying to market himself as a fighter. The thing I don’t like is where Jones has appeared to try to manipulate who he fights solely for his advantage, Gus being a case in point. Joe Rogan’s comments are way off, and have no place in professional sports.

  • Bartinho

    Weak Joe, weak bruh.

  • Swindler

    The number athlete in the world is a boxer. And he is black. Racism? You are so dumb rogan. Stop taking those PED’s, it will clear your clouded mind.

  • Swindler

    Rogan is just frustrated just like the rest of UFC honchos that their new business can’t overtake boxing in popularity. Boxers started since they are still young. While mma fighters are wash ups . No matter how rogan praises these awkward fighters, people knows that boxers are better than mma fighters.

  • Disqusted1776

    Mighty Mouse, Anderson Silva, Rampage Jackson, Overeem, Rashad Evans, seem to have not encountered this problem.

  • BEN

    People don’t like him because he is a 6’4″ HEAVYweight fighting in a LIGHTheavyweight division amongst 6 footers or less.

  • Tomek

    yeah and people love tyson cause he is white

  • David

    Lol Joe is on a roll. On a mission to be the biggest douchebag he can be. This is how much of an ass he is — he made a show about conspiracies just to poke fun at his own guests and then he wonders why the show went nowhere, how unbelievably idiotic is that?!? He calls Les onto his own show to insult the man repeatedly. He’s just a simple meathead who keeps his asskissing buddies around so they can crack little jokes and giggle at people, its some High School shit.


    and it turns out he was a disgusting thug.

  • Troll Guardian

    Is anyone surprised? The need to put others down to feel superior is common for people who feel inferior. Sad.

  • Dat Gamer

    You guys arent being honest with yourself. You can name all these colored fighters you claim you like, but you like them because they are not as dominant as jones, if they were you wouldn’t like them either.. the people he has beat and in the fashion he beat them trumps sonnen and mcgregor combined. If jones was white he would be huge, you know it and i know it.

  • sebastian spencer

    I’ve always loved Joe Rogan for his honesty and he is one of the people that I’ve always respected in this World even before his involvement in UFC or fear factor when he was a comedian. The fact is McGregor is cocky and has said more borderline racist s–t toward Hispanics/Latinos then any other person in UFC history. Yet people say it is good for the UFC. Chael Sonnen talked s–t like no other and people worshipped him. Anderson Silva and John Jones never openly talked down toward anybody in reference toward their race but they are called cocky. If it looks like s–t and it smells like s–t it is s–t. We know many of these f—ers out here are racist and that is what it is all about. This isn’t a secret. The new age adage is to call those that exploit you for being racist, racist. Gotcha first. Joe Rogan we knew it was about race all along. This s–t isn’t new.