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New York Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/01-28-2007/sports/col/story/492503p-414844c.html):
"HBO's 'Ultimate' dilemma

Talks are heating up between HBO Sports execs and representatives of Ultimate Fighting Championship that could soon end in a deal bringing the caged warriors to the pay-cable network.

If a contract gets done there are all kinds of ramifications. HBO does serious sports journalism with shows such as 'Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel' and Bob Costas' 'Costas Now.' Where would the controversial UFC fit in? Yes, boxing, HBO's marquee sports franchise, ain't exactly without its share of whacked actors, but compared to UFC it is a mainstream sport.

Also, how would HBO handle the production? Considering its history, both HBO Sports boss Ross Greenburg and executive producer Rick Bernstein would probably seek new and independent voices with no ties to UFC.

Would they do some crossover with their boxing yackers? Word is both Lennox Lewis and MeMax Kellerman, who work on HBO's 'Boxing After Dark' series, are UFC aficionados."

This wouldn't be be very good. Mike Goldberg is the voice of the UFC; he's been around since 1997. Joe Rogan adds a bit of credibility to the show and his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows him to provide very good fight analysis. Randy Couture as a third man recently has also added since he's a veteran of many MMA fights and provides good insight into fighters' strategies and mindset. If the HBO wants to keep some sort of HBO influence on the show, I could understand bumping either Rogan or Couture and replacing him with Max Kellerman, who is a very big MMA fan (he got ESPN to show the weigh-ins for Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz' first fight at UFC 40 back in 2002).






Joe Rogan is one of my favorite parts of the UFC - he used to be a lot better (with his crazy nicknames and overexaggerations of fighters) - but he's still got a lot of good moments left in him - Joe not broadcasting the UFC would be like when Frank Trigg took over for Bas at Pride - what a flippin downgrade - if there is any merit to this story I will start a petition to the UFC/HBO to keep Joe Rogan on the air!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite Joe Rogan line: "This guy has balls like steel grapefuits" - hahaha

Post #1   1/31/07 8:01:13PM   

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I like Kellerman personally, but I agree Rogan is an integral part of the UFC.

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Alot of Joe banter recently, I hope he stays put.

Post #3   1/31/07 8:06:53PM   

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Yea Joe has gotten a lot of crap during the years but he's great.

Sick humour and a worthless stand-up comedian but one heck of a UFC commentator.

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The only person I would want to see replace Joe if it were to happen would be Bas.

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Posted by OchoCinco

The only person I would want to see replace Joe if it were to happen would be Bas.



I'll second that... Bas is the best in the business

Post #6   1/31/07 8:28:44PM   

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he better not leave the ufc it would be stupid

Post #7   1/31/07 8:31:04PM   

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i'd actually prefer kellerman of goldbloom or goldberg w/e his name is

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I like Goldbergs enthusiasm.
I guess he's just really good at what he does because it sounds like he really tries to pick up and learn as much as he can during every fight.

Then he comes and fucks everything up with some commercial comment but that's not his fault.

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Im failing to understand where the hell in that article it says anything about Joe Rogan leaving.

Post #10   1/31/07 10:12:10PM   

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Goldberg pisses me off but i really enjoy Rogans commentating. People who say he knows nothing about MMA obviously dont listen to him when he speaks. He practically calls every move before it happens.

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I guess my Directv bill is going to go up since I don't have HBO currently. HBO has to have someone other than Lewis or Kellerman, I mean, come on, can they really explain what the hell is really going on and what may come. Just being an enthuisist doesn't mean you know the intriquisies. All in all though, more exposure is good for the sport.

I too do enjoy Rogan. He is always good for an off the wall, not so appropriate for a traditional broadcaster, comment.

sorry about the spelling, too much beer/laziness to look them up.

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Posted by Reignofterror

Im failing to understand where the hell in that article it says anything about Joe Rogan leaving.



I believe this is the OP's reasoning:


Posted by Kazmierz21
Also, how would HBO handle the production? Considering its history, both HBO Sports boss Ross Greenburg and executive producer Rick Bernstein would probably seek new and independent voices with no ties to UFC.

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Post #13   2/2/07 1:43:13AM   

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I've made the personal migration from thinking Joe is just the schmuck from News Radio trying to make a dime while commentating, to my current status of being a confessed Joe nut-hugger. I'd would really hate to see Joe go... hell, I even thought of adding an option to the site where people could score points for correctly guessing the number of times Joe says "he got rocked!" during one PPV event. (Ok, not really, but I do like Joe.)

I did gain a bit more respect for Goldie after he turned down the offer on the "pro" wrestling deal to stay with the UFC.

No complaints about Bas or Randy either, I like the both of them and get a kick out of the Rutten accent lol

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I think it would be randy they would replace because hes fighting again now and probably wwont be commenting again until he retires again

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