UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya defended Joe Rogan during the UFC 271 Pre-fight Press Conference on Thursday.
Rogan has been surrounded by controversy due to content on his podcast about COVID-19 treatments and the past use of a racial slur during episodes. Rogan apologized for the use of the N-word and Spotify remains committed to continue hosting Rogan’s podcast on their platform.
In May 2020, Rogan announced that he had inked a multi-year licensing deal with Spotify. The deal was reportedly worth $100 million and made The Joe Rogan Experience exclusive to the Spotify platform. A reported 11 million listeners tune in for each episode.
Adesanya passionately defended Rogan. “Joe Rogan is one of the nicest, coolest, humble motherf*ckers I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” Adesanya said.
Hear Adesanya’s advice for Rogan below.
Joe Rogan apologizes for past use of racial slur; here’s what he said
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