UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has responded to some reckless and irresponsible reporting that claimed he was on the verge of leaving the UFC. Via his blog, Rogan issued the following statement:

There’s been a lot of goofy articles written on the internet lately about me missing the UFC card in Montreal this weekend, speculating all sorts of silly reasons why I’m not going to be there, so I figured it would be a good idea if I cleared it up here.

The only reason I’m not going to be there is because of a family obligation.

I’m certainly not upset at the UFC, and I’m not quitting to start doing commentary for a rival organization.

I’ve also heard some ridiculous shit about me having massive fallout with the UFC president Dana White, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Dana is a very good friend of mine, and in the seven years I’ve known him we’ve never even had a single disagreement.

He’s a controversial dude, and a wild motherfucker, but that’s why he’s the perfect president for the wildest sport in the world.

We met back in 2001 when Zuffa purchased the UFC, and he’s the one that convinced me to do commentary after seeing how big a fan I am of the sport. I’ve seen this sport explode from relative obscurity to one of the most popular sports in the world, and if it weren’t for Dana White, and massive balls of Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta this sport wouldn’t be anywhere near as popular as it is now.

Lorenzo and Frank, the owners of the UFC risked an incredible amount of money, and were DEEP into the red on this investment when the success of the Ultimate Fighter TV show finally launched this sport into the public’s awareness, and every fan on the planet owes them a debt of gratitude.

They were literally everything this sport needed; they were true fans of the sport with the brains, money and balls to make it popular.

On top of that, they’re cool as fuck.

The UFC has been the greatest job outside of stand up that I’ve ever had by a long shot, and I look forward to every single event. The entire production crew and everyone associated with the organization are a pleasure to work with, and I love them all.

So in closing, I’m not going anywhere, bitches!

See you guys in may!

There you have it, folks. Rumor killed. I intentionally neglected to credit the original source because why should anyone get credit for reckless reporting? Now the UFC has yet another reason to continue to shut bloggers out.

(HT: Michael Rome of BloodyElbow.com)