UFC president Dana White told the media following Saturday's UFC 271 that color commentator Joe Rogan could have worked the show and that there was no scheduling conflict that prevented him from being there.
As recently as Wednesday, Rogan was still slated to work Saturday's pay-per-view alongside Jon Anik and Daniel Cormier.
White refuted the company's statement that the popular podcaster and longtime UFC broadcaster had a scheduling conflict.
"I don’t know what Joe Rogan had to do. You guys will have to ask Joe Rogan, but there was no ‘Joe couldn’t work’ or anything like that. I know that came out. It’s total bullsh*t," he said.
Rogan has recently come under fire for old video footage of him using racial slurs in addition to giving a platform for anti-vaccine supporters on his podcast.
White didn't know when Rogan would return to the booth, but "whenever he's gonna work again, he'll be working." The UFC's next pay-per-view is set for Saturday, March 5th in Las Vegas.
At several points during the show in Houston Saturday, a "Free Joe Rogan" chant broke out.