Everyone within the BJJ or MMA community knows that Joe Rogan is more then capable of locking up a choke against an untrained guy that chooses to get physical with him, but this wasn’t always as well-known as it is today. Back in 2004, Rogan had only just started working as a colour-commentator for the UFC in the last few years and the sport of MMA was still very much in it’s infancy. For reference, Frank Mir was the latest UFC Heavyweight world champion, Jon Jones had not yet had a professional MMA fight, and Khamzat Chimaev was just a ten year-old child still living in Chechnya.
Rogan was already a famous face as he had finished his tenure as one of the stars of News Radio and he was about halfway through the first run of Fear Factor, where he served as host. He was still a practicing comedian at the time and the footage of him locking up a guillotine choke against an angry guy actually comes from outside a comedy club. The incident took place in that year and was outside the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, California, where Rogan got in to a heated argument with an angry guy that eventually turned physical.
Rogan has been called out by several celebrities in the past and despite the fact that he’s older now than he was at the time this footage was recorded, it’s hard to imagine many people actually standing much of a chance against him.
The footage of Joe Rogan locking up a guillotine choke against an angry guy in the street was uploaded to the official YouTube channel of Jiu Jitsu World:
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