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Two of the most overlooked redeeming qualities of great interviewers are that they they are comfortable and that they make their subjects comfortable enough that they will open up to them.

Joe Rogan does both.

Thanks to his years of television and stand-up comedy experience, Rogan has been able to transition into the role of interviewer with relative ease, without coming off on the mic or behind the camera as a gushing 12-year-old fan like many MMA reporters do today.

The video above is a perfect example of how to do interviews.

In the compilation of Rogan’s one-on-one interviews from the first 10 episodes of the UFC’s Ultimate Insider series, Rogan speaks with guys like Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva and Dana White like two dudes having a conversation and the rhetoric doesn’t come off as forced or phony. The questions aren’t spectacular, but they don’t need to be and the less simple they become, the more they seem to overshadow the answer. Joe is genuine and smoothly transitions between information and entertainment and back again.

He wasn’t always as slick, though.

Here’s JoRo in his UFC debut as post-fight interviewer at UFC 12 back in 1997:

(Video courtesy YouTube/Coloso280280)

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TfTransplant- October 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Tito: "I'm in there jumping around.....I'm a shark..." Man, he has the greatest sayings in MMA ever.
DazedNConfused- October 8, 2010 at 10:14 am
I guess you have a point ArmFarmer, Tito is still competitive with upper competition. I just really disagree with the UFC cutting fighters who have a lot of potential. These guys will end up in Strikeforce or Bellator and make that company more money. It's almost like the UFC is beginning to hurt itself with it's own pride. If you don't like what a fighter is doing, or if they are not making weight, talk to them about it. Don't just suddenly cut some people who could be really marketable. Duffee could make the UFC could cash and with some improvements give us fans some interesting matchups.
nuclearblast- October 8, 2010 at 10:13 am
x2 on the smoking weed vs dream thing.

I smoke everyday and I never remember any of my dream.

When I'm on holiday or visiting some family I don't smoke and I can remember a few dreams almost every night.
Hank Mardukis- October 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

I didn't say that's the case for everyone, there are certainly exceptions to the rule...myself for example. I do occasionally have dreams after a smoke, but even then, they are not nearly as vivid as when I am not smoking. Still, it is pretty well documented that cannabis fucks with your dream cycle.
ArmFarmer- October 8, 2010 at 5:39 am

I don't disagree with the ufc on that topic. Efrain and Duffee are relative nobodies, they aren't "legends" of the sport.. former champions.. some of the best known names to casual fans.. and they both had their share of issues that caused their release. Tito markets the hell out of himsel, puts asses in seats, he's got a long history with the company, and despite his losing streak he's been competitive with top level competition. Tie with Rashad, close fight with Forrest, put Machida in danger at least for a moment.. he's not getting ko'd by fat slobs or showing up overweight to get dominated. I don't think those are good comparisons.

Besides.. you ever tried to fight with a cracked freakin skull!? lol
ArmFarmer- October 8, 2010 at 5:32 am

I beg to differ...
Bob Reilly- October 8, 2010 at 4:43 am
I clicked on a few of the youtube links after that last video was done and man, Joe really hates Carlos Menstelia.
DazedNConfused- October 8, 2010 at 1:12 am
Agh, I don't know about that lol.

Nate may have an IQ a little lower than average, but he's always honest and straight to the point. No fucking around with that guy. I respect his evolving MMA skills, and for that he is still relevant to MMA and the UFC. I will cheer for the Diaz brothers anytime.

Tito on the other hand is a fighter whose ground and pound style has fallen off the wagon. It won't work when he isn't the "large" 205'r anymore. The guy personally grinds my gears to the point that I wish I could take a shovel to that noggin. He's so full of himself these days, and most of all I don't trust a thing he says. Everything about him screams egotistical liar. How he's still getting fights and people like Duffee and Efran are being cut shows me how much the UFC is still about the Monezz and not the talent. Thankfully, competitors like Jones, Evans, Machida and even Evans will always hold Tito "Huge Fuckin' Alien head" Ortiz from a World Championship again. For that I smile, smile hard! haha.

As for THC-induced fantasies, I don't know where you're getting your Cheeba, but I need to get me some of that! I usually need some mush or acid to get that far:P
Hank Mardukis- October 8, 2010 at 1:11 am
@ Char-Char

Smoking weed actually fucks up your REM sleep and it's pretty common to not have dreams after smoking recently. Considering how much bud Nick smokes, I think it's safe to say that mufucka literally has no dreams.
Charming Charlie- October 8, 2010 at 12:41 am
Tito Ortiz is who Nate Diaz would be if he had dreams. I mean like, ambitions, not THC-induced fantasies.
DazedNConfused- October 8, 2010 at 12:00 am
Joe Rogan is awesome. Always had respect for the dude. He trains, is funny and has extensive knowledge of MMA. How can you not like the guy? The thing about MMA is, you may not agree with what the person always says, but you have to respect their opinions if they can back it up with good knowledge and viewpoints.

Plus he smokes like a Chimney! and uses a Volcano to do so. Woo hoo.
Goat- October 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm
Joe Rogan is like a really cool version of Nick Diaz.
BryanF- October 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Great post, really good interviews.

Did anyone notice how huge Anderson Silva's upper body is and how thick Jon Jones legs are in comparison to the rest of their bodies?
easy21- October 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm
Wow, pre-marijuana Joe Rogan was lame
Gardeninja- October 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm
I look forward to Rogans Podcast every week... the people at the gym who see me laughing like a mad man while I listen...not so much.
bruce leroys lice- October 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Rogan is a funny dewd
NinjaNerd8- October 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm
I really don't think there have been enough of these for there to be a "best of."
steampunk22- October 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm
For the newer members of Potato Nation, this was a good interview as well, from awhile back. I think this was Ben? Maybe it was Fowlkes?

Seoul Brother- October 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm
"Shiny Happy Jihad" is probably one of my favorite comedy albums. He strikes me like a salt-of-the-earth guy, yet you probably wouldn't want to pass out drunk while he was holding a sharpie.
steampunk22- October 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm
Good post! I've often felt that Joe Rogan gets sort of a bum wrap from a lot of people, but the guy deserves credit, he's pretty fuckin' decent. Plus he know his shit.