UFC news: Joe Rogan signs lucrative podcast deal with Spotify

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Life must be pretty good if you are Joe Rogan.

You are commentating on UFC events from cageside, and then you are interviewing top fighters inside the Octagon once the fight has finished.

However, that's not all the American is doing... and no, we're not talking about a new series of Fear Factor for him to get involved with.

If you didn't know, Rogan has one of the biggest and best podcasts in the world, with his videos on YouTube raking up millions if views and listens.

But, all of that is about to change as he's decided to ditch YouTube and sign a lucrative podcast deal worth 'more than $100 million' with Spotify, according to the Wall Street Journal, meaning he will no longer be uploading his interviews and discussions onto the video-playing platform.

'The Joe Rogan Experience' as it is called, will move all its content over to Spotify later in the year, and then new episodes will then be strictly available only on that platform.

Sharing the news on his official Instagram account, he said: "Announcement: the podcast is moving to @spotify! Starting on September 1 the podcast will be available on Spotify as well as all platforms, and then at the end of the year it will move exclusively to Spotify, including the video version.

"It will remain FREE, and it will be the exact same show. It's just a licensing deal, so Spotify won't have any creative control over the show. They want me to just continue doing it the way I'm doing it right now.

"We will still have clips up on YouTube, but full versions of the show will only be on Spotify after the end of the year.

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"I'm excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!"

In a statement themselves, Spotify said: "Bringing the JRE to Spotify will mean that the platform's more than 286 million active users will have access to one of culture's leading voices. By partnering with Spotify, Rogan and his team will enjoy the support of the world's leading audio platform.

"From his earliest days behind the mic, Joe has been a commentator, fixture, and driving force in culture helping to lay the foundation for the podcasting renaissance we are experiencing today. While Spotify will become the exclusive distributor of JRE, Rogan will maintain full creative control over the show.

"This partnership represents a major addition to the already unrivalled slate of exclusive audio content available to audiences on Spotify."

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