Joe Rogan recently shared his thoughts on the potential popularity of different sports worldwide. He was particularly influenced by American MMA fighter Matt Brown’s opinions. Brown took to Instagram to highlight an exciting Muay Thai showdown in ONE Championship.
He questioned why Muay Thai isn’t the biggest sport globally and expressed his respect for the fighters. Joe Rogan fully supported Brown’s sentiments and reposted the video, agreeing with him entirely. Rogan believes that Muay Thai needs the backing of a well-funded organization to reach its deserved popularity in the Western world.
He praised the incredible fight between two skilled masters at ONE Championship. Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is a combat sport that involves the use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins, earning it the nickname “Art of Eight Limbs.
While Muay Thai has gained popularity in Asia, it has yet to establish a strong presence in the West. Joe Rogan, a respected UFC commentator, remains hopeful that Muay Thai will become a global phenomenon. However, he acknowledges the need for financial support to facilitate its growth.
“I completely agree with Matt Brown.
Out of all the combat sports out there Muay Thai has the biggest untapped potential in the western world. The talent is there, the excitement is off the charts. I think it’s just going to take the right organization with deep pockets to make it as huge as it deserves to be over here. Absolutely amazing fight between two masters of the art at @onechampionship!
Repost from @iamtheimmortal
HOW is Muay Thai not the biggest sport in the world?!?! You rather watch football? Or soccer? I don’t get it. Respect to these killers @rodtang_jimungnon and @superlek789 thanks for an amazing fight!
In contrast, soccer stands as a sporting giant with a massive global following and significant financial resources. The sport has attracted substantial investments from various sources, including Saudi Arabia. The country aims to create a league of superstar players and has already secured lucrative contracts with European stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar for the Saudi Professional League. There were even reports of an astounding $1 billion offer on the table for Kylian Mbappe, which surprised Joe Rogan during JRE #2012 when he exclaimed, “What? A billion dollars for a year?”
In addition, Lionel Messi received a substantial offer to join Inter Miami CF this summer.
The UFC president, Dana White. also doesn’t like soccer.
For instance, in an old interview for the Calgary Sun, White explained how he despises the sport altogether:
Soccer? Whole other ball game. Can’t stand soccer, I think that it’s the least talented sport on earth.
There’s a reason three-year-olds can play soccer, okay; you run around and kick a ball.
USA Wrestling Olympian and Former UFC welterweight/former One FC champion Ben Askren commented on the football/soccer World Cup and he was not impressed by the attitude of some soccer players:
“It was really the first time I watched soccer all year. I was really appalled when I am seeing all these guys falling on the ground, rolling around, crying. And then you know the worst part about it is, they show the instant replay and you can tell – most of these guys, they don’t even get hit, they’re faking it.”
“When I’m thinking of sports, when I’m thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I’m thinking of three things – honor, integrity, and toughness. And a grown man, faking an injury, rolling around on the field fails all three of those tests.
“There’s no honor in faking an injury. There is no integrity because you are lying about it. And there’s no toughness because you are in front of millions of people, and you’re rolling around on the field, crying – CRYING – about a fake injury that never happened.”
“Listen folks, if you want your son to grow up to be a man, don’t have him run around on a field kicking a ball, get him wrestling.”
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