Ukrainian flyweight fighter Marina Moroz just defeated her opponent Mariya Agapova in a one-sided beatdown. Considering she was fighting a fighter of Russian origin – everyone was eagerly anticipating her post fight speech. But once she got the mic – and in spur of the moment took the mic from Rogan – she thanked Marshall Rogan Inu?!
For those unaware Marshall Mae Rogan is Joe Rogan’s beloved golden retriever. While Rogan is often criticized for various aspects of his podcast and commentating – everyone loves how wholesome Rogan is with his family dog.
Does Joe Rogan have a Crypto currency?
But Marshall Rogan Inu – is decidedly not Rogan’s dog. It is a cryptocurrency trying to break out by sponsoring professional fighters.
According to the social media for the coin, it is a crypto project that is re-defining support for UFC fighters with compensation for doing what they do best- FIGHT.
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Marshall Rogan Inu coin also sponsored Tim Elliot during his cheat fest against Ulanbekov.
He also thanked the crypto company for their support. Joe Rogan is likely not associated with the project.
Marshall Rogan Inu is listed on Coinmarketcap. It has been steadily climbing from its launch in February – but it had also crashed on day of the fight. Currently CMC has it listed as having lost 25% of its value over the last 24 hours. Marshall Rogan Inu token peaked at a price of $0.188. It is currently hovering around $0.133.
Marshall Rogan Inu does not seem to have ties to Joe Rogan personally – beyond naming itself as a homage to Marshall Mae Rogan.
Earlier this week the coin made its way to one of Chael Sonnen’s youtube rants. Sonnen told his eager viewers:
“Marshall Rogan is apparently the name of Joe Rogan’s dog. So you get these guys that are experts in crypto in software in writing these kinds of scripts, and they go after Joe Rogan’s dog to get attention but they had a deeper meaning.”
“And the deeper meaning behind this project was specifically around helping people in the MMA community. Now I’m going to throw you some some UFC fighters names, but this goes over to Bellator, this goes over to Brave this goes over to One FC. It’s just a community as a whole. Not specifically a brand, but they’re helping athletes now. The guy I’ve known for a period of time named Ian Heinisch. I know Ian at a distance. I’ve never met him or worked out or hung out together. But our community is small. I’ve been within 10 feet of him for a number of years.”
“I’ve watched him do his work, and my own teammate Kelvin Gastelum getting ready for him. So I’m studying Heinisch, I feel like it’s I feel like he’s a friend. He and Heinisch had a medical issue. He made this public. I’m not speaking out of school. He had a medical issue. He had to leave the country. I believe it went to Mexico to get this procedure done. And then he’s got to fund the whole thing. So this group at Marshall Rogen a new finds out about this. Contact him simple voice over the phone, they’re never going to be thanked. They’re never going to get credit they’re not looking for. They have a fund set up and they’re gonna cover the expense for Ian Heinisch now.”
Sonnen later continued: “I mean, imagine what it meant to me, it meant a lot to me, meant a lot to me to know that they looked after him and they got him a medical procedure, okay. Then there was some fighter that’s telling a story. And he just can’t get from A to Z. He just simply doesn’t have reliable transportation. Got a house over here. He’s got a gym over here. He’s got a job over here. He just simply can’t get to the three and he’s doing the best that he can. And he’s hitchhiking and he’s running. He’s pedaling a bicycle, they find out about it. They bought him a car. I realized that’s gonna create some levels of jealousy. You’re gonna Why didn’t I get my car, but it was exclusive to the MMA community. And every time these guys hear about some kind of a problem that can be solved through funding. They keep on stepping up and I just want to bring it to you because I want to give them credit. Somebody here deserves a thank you. ”
The coin was launched on February 11th. At that point the team started buying cameos from prominent MMA personalities including Colby Covington, Chael Sonnen and (McGregor’s coach) John Kavanagh. The team went on a sponsoring spree having sponsored a number of smaller fighters from UFC, Bellator and other promotions.
While it’s natural to have skepticism for a crypto project – especially one that loans a name from another namesake it’s hard to determine with certainty if this is a ‘rug pull’. Rug pull in crypto terminology refers to a malicious maneuver in the cryptocurrency industry where crypto developers abandon a project and run away with investors’ funds.