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Joe Rogan Wants To See Bellator Become A Rival To The UFC

September 13, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In the latest edition of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast (via MMA Junkie), Joe Rogan said that he would like to see Bellator MMA develop enough to become a true rival to the UFC. Here are highlights:

On Bellator’s growth: “I like it. I like that the fighters are having a good time over there. They get paid well. I want it to grow. I want it to be right up there with the UFC. I would love it if it was a full rival like PRIDE was.”

On hoping it becomes a rival to UFC: “I love Coker. I like what he’s doing. I’m somehow or another supposed to be in competition with Bellator. I say that’s horse(expletive). I’m the one who got Jimmy Smith hired (to UFC). I tried to get him hired years ago. I love the fact that ‘Big’ John (McCarthy) is over there now, and (Mike) ‘Goldie’ (Goldberg) is too. And Mauro (Ranallo), I love Mauro. They’ve got great fighters over there. I love that Rory MacDonald’s over there. He’s the champ. If he’s not the best welterweight in the world, it’s him and Tyron (Woodley). He’s most certainly one of the best. (Gegard) Mousasi is one go the best 185ers in the world, if not the best. They have legit claim to world-class fighters now in at least two weight classes.”

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