Dana White may be lazer-focused on going ahead with UFC 249 on April 18th come hell or high water, but color-commentator Joe Rogan has ruled out any possibility of him being Octagon-side that night.
“I guess someone’s going to commentate it – it’s not gonna be me,” Rogan said on his JRE podcast. “UFC is talking about putting on a fight on April 18. I don’t know how they’re gonna do that. I don’t know if they’re gonna be able to do that in the United States. They’re talking about doing it in a place with less than 10 people, just in an open arena.”
Rogan went on to question how the UFC can guarantee that the fighters and other staff in attendance will be safe in the midst of the ever-increasing threat from the coronavirus outbreak.
“The thing is, how are they going to make sure nobody has it?” Rogan said. “You’re going to have to test everybody. And if someone has it, do you let them fight? What if they have it, and they’re like Idris Elba, and they have no symptoms, but they’ve got the corona? What if Khabib has the corona? Or what if Tony has the corona? Does Khabib even fight him?”
It would be interesting to know what the likes of the UFC’s main commentator Jon Anik are thinking about all of this right now, and whether there’s any way that they could do the commentary remotely if they really do insist on going ahead with this plan to air the event.