The UFC as an organization has built itself in such a way that no matter how strong the competition they will always stand out. People are gaining awareness about MMA as a sport mainly because of the UFC; the publicity that has been captivated is unmatchable – while there are other MMA organizations organizing and streaming matches, a large portion of the fan base belongs to the UFC.
Joe Rogan recognizes this, and he believes fighters competing in different organizations don’t have a strong future and are wasting their careers.
Joe Rogan on fighters outside the UFC
Joe Rogan said the following about MMA fighters outside the UFC, explaining why they are wasting their careers: “No disrespect to the other organizations, there’s very good fighters in the other organizations, but I often feel like they’re wasting their career,” Rogan said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.
“Because I see these elite fighters that are fighting in Bellator and PFL and I’m like, ‘Hey guys, no one’s watching.’ I mean, some people are watching, you’re getting a little bit of a fan base, I don’t want to disrespect, but there’s a reality.
“There’s the XFL, there’s the CFL, and then there’s the NFL. If you’re not in the NFL, are you really playing football? That’s just how it is.If you’re the UFC champ, you’re the man,” If you’re the Bellator champ, I respect the * out of those guys.
I love them. Guys like Johnny Eblen, same thing. He’s a freaking animal. I really wish that guy would come to the UFC. If you’re a UFC champion, the promotion is just unparalleled. There’s nothing like it. I mean everybody knows who you are when you’re the UFC champion.
There’s this feeling of being in the UFC that everybody who wants to be a fighter dreams of, You want to be there when Bruce Buffer is right in front of you going, ‘It’s time!’.