Longtime UFC commentating veteran Joe Rogan has cultivated a collection of interesting friends throughout his career as a stand-up comedian, podcaster and cage side commentator. Among them, Rogan has had celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain appear on his highly acclaimed podcast on multiple occasions. That being said, it would appear that Bourdain does have one criticism for the man.
Anthony Bourdain has taken a liking to the grappling game and is actually a blue belt under Renzo Gracie and already has a IBJJF New York Spring International Open Championship to his name, winning it late in 2016.
Considering the fact that the foodie idol is constantly on “The Joe Rogan Experience”, it’d almost be a no-brainer for him to get on the mats with Rogan. Not so fast, my friend. Bordain refuses to get on the mats with Rogan in fear of getting bullied with neck cranks and Rogan’s “bowling ball” arms.
While it is safe to assume that most commentators who call a sport have no experience in practicing that sport, Rogan is a special exception, however, as not many fans know that he was a Taekwondo black belt and is well-versed in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Bourdain addressed grappling Rogan, saying:
“No. I’m not rolling with that guy, it hurts. He does not roll light, he goes really really hard. He’s a neck cranker, by the way, and he’s got bowling balls for arms, no visible neck, and he only rolls with no gi. So as much as I love the guy, I’ll do anything with him; shoot animals in the brain, canoe trip, hot tubbing, whatever. But I’m not rolling with the guy.”