Joe Rogan’s stunned reaction to Leon Edwards’ knockout punch of Kamaru Usman to win the welterweight championship at UFC 278 has gone viral on social media.
Usman appeared seconds away from a 16th straight win Saturday night at Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena when Edwards dropped him with a kick to the head and neck in the last minute of the fifth round.
Rogan, a longtime UFC commentator and podcaster, was among those impressed by the finish. He was seen grabbing commentators on either side with a wide-eyed shocked expression on his face.
Videos of Rogan’s reaction were shared widely on Twitter, leading to his name being trending on the platform.
“The response is priceless,” read a tweet alongside a clip of the moment which has accumulated more than 1.9 million views so far.
Some weren’t surprised by Rogan’s reaction, with Barstool Sports tweeting, “Joe Rogan is everyone right now.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “This reaction from @joerogan sums up the end of the fight. Wow!”
Rogan later praised Edwards’ “perfect headbutt” and “impeccable technique”.
“Nothing compares, nothing compares,” Rogan said on the show after the fight. “It’s the biggest headbutt knockout in the history of the sport with the most repercussions, the most stakes, the most doubts, the most people counting, including us.”
Some weren’t particularly impressed with Rogan’s recordings.
“Joe Rogan has had the same reaction to every finish in the UFC for the last 10 years… he’s terrible at his job,” said one Twitter user.
“The Joe Rogan reaction shot replay was once great and pure, but now it’s played out,” wrote Vince Mancini. “It’s time to let go.”
Some joked about Rogan’s reaction, with author Chris Palmer writing that Rogan “literally turned into an emoji,” and Daena Kramer comparing him to the title character from the animated film The Boss Baby.
Many also noted that Rogan’s reaction clip could be meme fodder for years to come.
“First time you and the boys saw boobs in a movie back then,” Barstool Sports wrote in another tweet alongside the clip.
“Joe Rogan when he found out saunas and ivermectin didn’t cure Covid,” another Twitter user wrote, referencing Rogan’s comments about the drug.
Others joked about Rogan’s outfit for the fight: a white shirt with a loose black tie.
“Good lord! Joe Rogan looks like he just had a brutal seven hour negotiation with a customer over a 2002 Saturn SC2 at the local truck stop,” wrote Troy Hughes.
Rogan “looks like he just finished a long shift at his depressing office job,” wrote another user.
Rogan has been contacted for further comments.
https://www.newsweek.com/joe-rogan-goes-viral-after-edwards-perfect-head-kick-ufc-278-knockout-1735447 Joe Rogan goes viral after Edwards’ “Perfect Head Kick” UFC 278 knockout