Joe Rogan: I told the UFC they should buy K-1

by Zach Arnold | source:

“People always say that the UFC is a monopoly, they’re actually being even investigated by someone, Federal, Federal Trade, FTC, Federal Trade Commission and they’re being investigated as being a monopoly but… it’s not a monopoly, they just do it better than anybody else.

"Let’s start up our own f------ car league, you know, we’re just going to race cars all across the country. What are you going to call it, the New Car League? Everybody would be like, ‘but it’s not NASCAR, right? No.’ Well, it’s not NASCAR has a monopoly, it’s just they’re the best at it. You could start your own car league if you want to."

"And Bellator’s doing it by themselves. There’s a company called Bellator, they’ve got some good fighters, man. They’ve got a good show, they got this guy Jimmy Smith who does the commentary, he’s really good at it, he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, knows what the f--- is going on, he gives excellent commentary, their color guy’s really good.

“So, it’s not that the UFC is a monopoly, there’s other people in the game. They’ve just been in the game longer, they spent more money, they invested more time, they do it better! It’s that simple. You know, it’s like… there’s a certain amount of people that whenever you get to a certain level of success, they want to think that you did something wrong to get there."

“If someone’s smart, if someone’s got balls, listen to me right now… This is the thing… K-1 kickboxing is some of the much exciting shit to watch in the world. If you watch the highest level of kickboxers, God damn is that shit exciting. It’s so fucking fun to watch. They go at it, man, it’s only three rounds, even title fights are like three rounds, they fucking go to WAR, man. And some of the fights are five rounds, I think, but either way… they’re fun and it’s all striking, which is what a lot of people like, a lot of people don’t like the wrestling aspect of MMA.

"If I had one thing to watch it would be MMA, but I love f------- kickboxing, too. I love watching it. It’s so much more exciting than regular boxing and we know how boxing is still doing well, people still want to see a good boxing match, you know? If Manny Pacquiao’s fighting, people are still going to pack in to see that guy light people up.

"But, man, if you watch some high-level kickboxing, boxing becomes boring because they can’t kick! They’re not doing all this other crazy s--- .. It’s wiiiiiilllllllld, wild s--- because they don’t have to worry about being taken down, there’s no takedowns. So, they’re just f------ teeing off on each other, man. Wild head kick knockouts and spinning backfist knockouts and cutting people with elbows, it was nuts, man. It’s a crazy sport.

"I can’t believe that it doesn’t get the press that it deserves because maybe it’s not as good as MMA but, God damn, if it ain’t a close second. And it’s not being promoted! Someone’s completely dropped the ball, you know?

“The people who own K-1, they owe a lot of money, man. They want to start fights but they want to not half to pay all the fighters that they owe money to and they owe just fucking untold millions of dollars to fighters that they haven’t paid. So, they’re in a bad financial situation but it’s because they didn’t promote it correctly.

"If someone in like the UFC came along, if Zuffa came along and picked up K-1, they’re not interested in it, I’ve talked to them about it, but if someone like that did, if Mark Cuban did or someone with balls and a lot of money who loves the sport, God damn that’s a gold mine. It’s a God damn gold mine. Mark Cuban, go do it! You already got Michael Schiavello working for you.”

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The Engineer site profile image  

11/4/11 3:10 PM by The Engineer

Agree on both counts. Being good enough and strong enough that no one else can be competitive, is not the same as taking away their ability to try to compete. If they bought up all of the fencing manufacturers in the world and then got laws passed mandating that MMA fights be held in fenced in cages and refused to sell fencing to any other promoter, then they would be a monopoly. And yes, the lazy and ignorant will always try to tear the successful down simply because don't understand the intelligence and hard work it took to get there. Does success require you to out maneuver others with the same goals as you and capitalize on opportunity when it presents itself? Yes it does, and there is nothing wrong with that as long as it's done within the law. I must say however that if Joe didn't work for the UFC, I could picture he and Eddie Bravo with some scrubs "occupying" the sidewalk outside the UFC headquarters and calling them an evil corporation.

Northside Strangler site profile image  

11/4/11 10:16 AM by Northside Strangler

 Dude, you can talk to a zillion lawyers that deal with monopolies and stuff like this. It's a joke. It's an absolute joke.-Dana White 

MMRay site profile image  

11/4/11 9:38 AM by MMRay

Yepper. The NBA isn't a monopoly either. There are others in the game.

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11/4/11 9:36 AM by MMRay

Microsoft isn't a monopoly either. There are other word processors, operating sytems, and spreadsheets. Coca Cola and Pepsi do not have a monopoly.The NFL doesn't have a monopoly either. You can start your own football league. Arena football is still played.There is no such thing as a monopoly according to Rogan because anyone can start up any business.

SamboMMA site profile image  

11/4/11 8:32 AM by SamboMMA

The outstanding debts to unpaid fighters more than likely costs more than buying the brand itself. Besides Ishii has it again and is going to do a World Cup series next year. The link was posted a few posts back.

Marzz site profile image  

11/4/11 8:23 AM by Marzz

Kickboxing will NEVER be successful here. Most boxing fans will think it's too clumsy and most mma fans will think it's too one dimensional i.e. seeing a kickass fighter and saying, "But he'd just get taken down in the ufc".

Ghan site profile image  

11/4/11 8:05 AM by Ghan

To be fair, this is basically a rant Joe went on that was typed out. Joe said this while he was high in his house, shooting the shit with his friend.

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11/4/11 8:01 AM by Ghan

Financially, it might make sense, but it would be a gamble. And when it comes down to it, the UFC is Dana's brainchild and MMA is the sport he's spent his life trying to legitimize. He's already put so much time and money into this sport; He doesn't want to start promoting another one. People can say what they will about Dana, but he's about the sport, first and foremost.

LiftStrong site profile image  

11/4/11 7:47 AM by LiftStrong

I wonder what kind of cash it would take to purchase K-1?  Definitely a ton of potential there.  Every time I have made my friends watch a GP event they have all been stunned.  "This is F'ing awesome... why have I never seen this before?"  I guarantee the casual fan would be more entertained by K-1 than boxing or MMA. 

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11/4/11 7:47 AM by TheMentalisT

love joe, but stopped reading at "car league".


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