UFC 251, like many epic UFC playing cards as of late, has featured various shake-ups that do not simply prolong to the fighters within the octagon, however these calling the bouts within the commentating cubicles, too. Paul Felder was slated to be behind the desk working the pay-per-view, nonetheless, when it was revealed he got here into contact with Din Thomas who examined optimistic for COVID-19, a substitute was instantly known as in for the UFC fighter/analyst.
However what about Joe Rogan? Will he be at UFC 251?
Joe Rogan wasn’t current on the UFC 251 weigh-ins.
The peripatetic nature of the “revolving” UFC 251 combat card had MMA followers in severe suits. As a consequence of his plain explosion in 2019, which all culminated from years of entertaining bouts and authenticity, Jorge Masvidal was picked to be the favourite fighter in opposition to “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman.
Kamaru has confirmed to be a menace at Welterweight, completely steam-rolling then-champ Tyron Woodley and breaking Colby Covington’s jaw in a five-round slobberknocker.
Nonetheless, it was Jorge’s back-to-back-to-back spotlight reel victories in opposition to Darren Until, Ben Askren, and Nate Diaz, which incorporates the quickest knockout in UFC historical past, that had followers actually excited.
Jorge, who’s been within the sport a very long time, says he crunched numbers along with his administration workforce and tried to barter what he believed was a good determine for the combat in opposition to Kamaru.
The UFC was not having it.
As a substitute, Gilbert Burns, who additionally placed on an incredible efficiency in opposition to former champ Tyron Woodley, was booked to scrap in opposition to Kamaru on Combat Island. Some have been bummed that it wasn’t Jorge in the primary occasion, nonetheless, it is tough to be that upset over Gilbert’s title rivalry: he is an outstanding fighter and poses a severe menace to anybody within the Welterweight division. However Gilbert was compelled to drop out on per week’s discover after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
That is when Jorge’s cellphone rang.
The UFC known as the fighter up and obtained to a handbag determine that was extra agreeable to Jorge, who weighed in at 192 kilos upon listening to the information. He instantly began limiting his meals and water consumption and commenced the grueling weight-cutting course of. On the weigh-ins, he got here in at a fair 170 kilos, as did Kamaru.
Absent from the weigh-ins, nonetheless, was Joe Rogan.
Will Joe Rogan be commentating at UFC 251?
It would not appear like he’ll be making journeys to Combat Island anytime quickly to name occasions. The ESPN commentary workforce, which incorporates John Gooden, Jon Anik, Dan hardy, Paul Felder, and Michael Bisping will probably be taking over these duties.
Though Paul Felder finally examined unfavorable for the coronavirus, Michael Bisping was given a seat on the commentator’s desk for the first-ever combat island occasion in Paul’s stead.
“The Rely” dished out on the fighter’s unlucky state of affairs, stating that since he was sitting subsequent to Din on the flight to the UAE, the UFC is erring on the facet of warning and is not permitting him to commentate on the combat. What’s extra is that he is being compelled to quarantine for 14 days earlier than he can depart the nation. Michael Bisping relayed how sorry he felt for the Philadelphia native in an interview with MMA Focus.
Members of the UFC workforce who arrived at Combat Island have been documenting the entire restrictions carried out within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of them are being compelled to remain of their resort rooms earlier than the occasion. Jon Anik shared footage of his resort room, and it is genuinely pleasant to listen to him exclaim concerning the plush lodging, stating he might “do laps” within the room if he wished to.
UFC 251 will stream on ESPN+, with the prelims beginning at eight p.m., EST, and the primary card airing at 10 p.m.