For those of you that have accused Joe Rogan of being American Kickboxing Academy’s biggest fanboy, the UFC’s color commentator recently helped welterweight king Georges St-Pierre refine his spinning back kick.
Rogan is one of the more friendly figures in the MMA community, so his willingness to help St-Pierre shouldn’t be a complete shock. However, his tutelage comes just before GSP’s UFC 124 showdown with Rogan’s longtime buddy and AKA stud Josh Koscheck.
“He said to me, ‘People don’t think so because [I’m] a comedian, but I used to be a Tae Kwon Do champion. I can tell you with your spinning back kick what you’re doing wrong. Let’s meet,'” St-Pierre told UFC president Dana White of Rogan’s recruitment. “So I met him in Los Angeles. I wanted to learn something about the spinning back kick and what I was doing wrong because I [lost] it a little bit.
“Tae Kwon Do has the best spinning back kick in the whole martial arts. The most powerful of all, it comes from Tae Kwon Do. I wanted to get it back, now he gave it to me. He’s very good.”
Koscheck kick-started the champion’s seven-fight winning streak at UFC 74 back in August 2007. It was one of the most significant night’s in St-Pierre career, as he was not only rebounding from a humbling title loss to Matt Serra, but it marked the debut of GSP 2.0 as well. The latest version of the French-Canadian executes a more conservative – yet detailed and dominant – attack.
Although he’s taken some criticism for his recent reluctance to exchange, the planet’s baddest 170-pounder is humble enough to seek out the help of others to right the ship. Regardless if it’s famed boxing coach Freddie Roach or an MMA fighter disguised as a comedian.
“Rogan’s the real deal, man. He’s good at jiu jitsu too,” White said of the modern day Renaissance man.
Please click the media player below to watch White’s latest video blog (Rogan executes the spinning back kick around the 3:46 mark):