Comedian Joe Rogan provides color commentary for the UFC, so he has befriended many fighters. He says the best fighters are the nicest guys. And they attract groupies as much as rock stars do.
“Oh hell yeah, that’s a big problem with these guys — the distractions from girls. Big problem!” Rogan says.
“There are all these girls trying to bang a fighter,” he says and laughs. “Look, Vegas is filled with lost souls. We both know that. And lost souls certainly want to gravitate quickly to the alpha male: ‘Who’s the most dominant man who’s gonna protect me, and be there for me, and look at my back tattoo?’ “
Rogan does commentary again when Spike TV covers “The Ultimate Fighter” finale at the Palms on Saturday night. After the fight, Rogan hosts an after-fight party at Tao at The Venetian. Also immediately after the fight, his new comedy special, “Talking Monkeys in Space,” premieres on Spike.
Rogan still trains in jujitsu, but he doesn’t “strike” anymore. It hurts to take a strike.
“Yeah, it’s painful, man. It sucks. That’s why it knocks people unconscious,” he says. “I’m not into getting hit.”
He does jujitsu to stay in shape, to blow off steam — and to fulfill his “human potential” by stressing his boundaries.
“When you’re doing jujitsu, you learn a lot about yourself,” he says. “You understand what things in you make you want to quit, how you deal with adversity, your desire to avoid pain, your desire to seek comfort and to avoid hard work.
“The only way to truly understand what work is like, in my opinion, is to work at something in a competition, where you think about quitting, to test your resolve.
“It makes you clearer about who you are, and what you’re capable of. It expands your boundaries. It just strengthens you as a human being.”
UFC bouts start at 3 p.m. Saturday. Main event: Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida ($154-$354; 944-3200). At Tao, Rogan’s red carpet is at 10:30 p.m. Saturday ($30 for guys, $20 for the ladies).
Check out my interview with MC Hammer in today’s Neon section, in which he talks about the last time he saw his friend Tupac Shakur, moments before Shakur was gunned down on the Strip.
Hammer — who plays Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday ($28; 739-3267) — went to Kit Carson Elementary here in Vegas. He still has “over 100 cousins” living here, plus his dad, he says. An episode of his new A&E reality show, “Hammertime,” will be set here.
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