UFC 271 live updates, Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker start time: Bizarre reason for Joe Rogan commentary snub

Israel Adesanya will defending his UFC middleweight title this weekend – but Joe Rogan won’t be there to witness it.

New Zealand superstar Israel Adesanya will defending his UFC middleweight title this weekend – but commentator Joe Rogan won’t be there to witness it.

The 32-year-old Adesanya will take on Robert Whittaker at UFC 271, but controversial figure Rogan will not be in attendance due to a “scheduling conflict”.

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According to TSN Sports, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping will commentate the highly-anticipated bout alongside John Anik and Daniel Cormier.

Anik also served as MC at the ceremonial weigh-in on Saturday, a role Rogan usually fulfils.

Rogan has copped intense backlash over the past few weeks for spreading “misinformation” about the Covid-19 pandemic on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.

UFC boss Dana White was asked about Rogan at a press conference on Friday, but Adesanya quickly intervened.

“I’m black, I can take this one,” he said.

“There’s a lot of c***s in this game, there’s a lot of snakes in this game.

“I’ve been in this fight game since 2008 and Joe Rogan is one of the nicest, coolest, humble motherf***ers I’ve had the pleasure of working with, understand that.

“F*** the noise, you know what they’re trying to do, you can’t control them, man, and he’s got the biggest platform in the world right now so that’s my n***** Joe Rogan, f*** the noise, just keep doing you Joe, have some mushrooms.”

The last time Adesanya and Whittaker faced off in the Octagon, he claimed a second-round KO victory at Marvel Stadium in October 2019.

The action at Houston’s Toyota Centre kicks off at 10am AEDT, but the main card doesn’t get underway until at least 2pm. Don’t expect to see Adesanya and Whittaker in the Octagon until around 3.30pm.

You can watch UFC 271 on Main Event, while the prelims will be streamed on Kayo.

UFC 271 card

Main card

Israel Adesanya (c) vs Robert Whittaker – middleweight title

Derrick Lewis vs Tai Tuivasa – heavyweight

Jared Cannonier vs Derek Brunson – middleweight

Bobby Green vs Nasrat Haqparast – lightweight

Kyler Phillips vs Marcelo Rojo – lightweight

Preliminary card

Andrei Arlovski vs Jared Vanderaa – heavyweight

Roxanne Modafferi vs Casey O’Neill – women’s flyweight

William Knight vs Maxim Grishin – heavyweight

Carlos Ulberg vs Fabio Cherant – light heavyweight

Early preliminary card

Leomana Martinez vs Ronnie Lawrence – bantamweight

Alexander Hernandez vs Renato Moicano – lightweight

AJ Dobson vs Jacob Malkoun – middleweight

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Sergey Morozov – bantamweight

Jeremiah Wells vs Mike Mathetha – welterweight

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