Joe Rogan responds to Sage Steele's podcast mix-up with Dana White


Joe Rogan laughed a lot about Sage Steele's recent podcast argument with UFC CEO Dana White.

Why does Rogan, one of the most popular podcasters in the world, have compassion for podcast newbie Steele? He's been there – he's made mistakes and been mistaken for bald UFC employees.

“People call me Dana,” Rogan said Thursday on the JRE MMA podcast with co-hosts (and regular UFC contributors) Din Thomas and Matt Serra. “I’ve been called Dana before. One guy says, 'Yo, Dana!' I say, 'No, I'm the other guy.' I'm Joe.'

“It happens all the time. I think she just made a mental blunder. … If you're doing a podcast and interviewing someone, especially if you haven't done a lot of them, and it's like a high-profile thing, then go for it Dana White, you're always thinking about what to say. Even asking, “What's your dream?” That's a crazy question. That means I don't know what to ask you, so I'll just ask, ” What is your dream?”

“So she was probably stumbling a little bit there and doesn’t know what to say. It’s fucking weird having a live conversation with someone.”

Steele was finishing her interview with White when she asked the UFC manager, “What is Joe Rogan's dream?”

A confused white guy replied, “Joe Rogan’s dream?”

“Joe Rogan…Dana White,” Steele replied. “What is Dana White’s dream?”

“Did you just think I was Joe Rogan?” White said. “She just called me fucking Joe Rogan! You thought I was fucking Joe Rogan! I was bald before Joe Rogan was ever bald! I just did a two-hour podcast, flew here from Vegas and she thought she was interviewing Joe Rogan!”

White later released the clip of the mix-up, showing he was taking the whole thing in stride. Rogan was impressed that Steele, a former ESPN anchor, didn't try to cover up her mistake in post-production.

“She handled it right too,” he said. “She kept it in there. She didn't edit it out. It's funny. It's just a mistake. I did it all the time. It happens. People shit.”

Serra, a former UFC welterweight champion and a bald man, might also identify with the mix-up.

“At UFC events or event weeks when I do Looking for a Fight, you were there – [Someone will say], 'Hey! Can I have a photo?'” Serra told Thomas. “I think, 'All right, all right.' And then [they’ll say]“Thank you very much, Mr. White” or “Thank you very much, Joe Rogan.”

“They always think he’s either Joe or Dana,” Thomas said with a smile.