You can expect to see — and better yet hear — Joe Rogan back with the UFC under the new ownership group WME-IMG, but you won’t be seeing as much of him. Rogan stated on his podcast Tuesday that he had signed on for “at least” one more year, but at a reduced schedule that would include only Pay Per Views, and no international travel. UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens asked Rogan about his status point blank on the show, forcing Rogan to announce the deal.

Rogan, 48, has been with the UFC since 1997, years before Zuffa (featuring Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, along with Dana White) purchased the struggling mixed martial arts promotion. He became the most recognizable voice of the company in his position as color commentator and over the years has managed to remain at the top of his field, despite numerous former fighters like Brian Stann, Dan Hardy, and Kenny Florian taking a stab at the role. It’s likely one of all of those will see an increased schedule in Rogan’s absence.

Said Rogan of the decision to return,

I was on the fence, man. I just do too much s—. I’m too f—ing busy. After a while I’m like, I don’t know if I’m doing myself or all the different things I do a disservice. I was real close. It was like, either I’m just gonna completely bail off of this or I’m gonna figure it out.

However, in the end, he opted to re-up with the promotion, with a reduced workload that would give more time for his other endeavors. Rogan cited the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz fight at UFC 196, as well as Miesha Tate’s upset of Holly Holm, as part of the reason he decided to stick around. “That night was so crazy and so chaotic. I walked out of there going, ‘How could I not do this?'” Rogan stated.

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Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.