The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 937 with Justin Wren

Episode Number: 937
Episode Guest: Justin Wren
Original Airdate: March 24, 2017
Episode Sponsors: LegalZoom, The Black Tux, Lyft, Onnit, Caveman Coffee

Guest Bio: Justin Wren is an American MMA fighter. Justin is currently fighting in the heavyweight division of Bellator to help raise more awareness for helping the Pygmy people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Topics Discussed: Talk about his MMA training in Oklahoma; Rafael Lovato, Jr.; Bellator has some great fighters now; Bellator’s upcoming Pay-Per-View; Fedor vs. Matt Mitrione fight was cancelled; passing kidney stones; kidney stones are a side effect of weight cutting; Justin weighs 248 lbs.; Justin talks about his diet, nutrition, and cardio; Justin has celiac disease; Justin had malaria two times; Justin wrecked his body with malaria and drug addiction; what Justin eats; training with Rafael; Saulo Ribeiro; heavyweight submission artists; training to hear his coaches in his corner; how he balances building wells for the Pygmies and training for his MMA career; Justin got to talk about the Pygmies on TV after his Bellator fight; talk about Bellator; Bellator’s heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov was stripped of his belt; Justin thinks he’s a few fights away from getting the belt; Eco Survivor LED lanterns; 50% of sales from the lanterns go towards helping the Pygmies; a billion work days are lost from people having to walk to get water in the Congo; 800 kids in the Congo died from diarrhea; talk about drilling wells in the Congo; how Bellator is helping with Justin’s cause; Fight for the Forgotten book; balancing his trips to the Congo with training; he will only go to the Congo once per year now; he’s partnering with Pacha Soap to build a soap company in the Congo and teach the importance of cleanliness; Poverty Inc. documentary; When Helping Hurts book; giving something for nothing hurts; the answer to poverty is opportunity not charity; how charity hurts; there is no cookie-cutter solution; Justin tells a story about how giving food away causes problems in impoverished areas; Justin believes the water crisis will be solved through empowerment and opportunity; (they watch a video); (1:00:00) Justin is living a life of purpose; Justin gave Joe a knife made out of a nail; (they watch another video); Justin considers himself the spark plug in the engine that is helping the Congo; working towards getting the Congo self-sufficient to help themselves; why he doesn’t take more volunteers to the Congo; talk about conflict in that region of the world; their supplies were mistaken for a bomb; he’s doing a documentary; he wants to fight for 5-7 more years; charging for water to help build more wells and for planting trees; Justin’s last appearance on the podcast helped fund a new well; Justin gives Joe another gift; there’s no adoption in the Congo, the community helps to raise the children; we don’t have a sense of community here; Dunbar’s number; Justin talks about being suicidal and the Pygmies not understanding wanting to do something like that; funerals in the Congo and how they process death; losing a child unites the parents in the Congo; life is more precious because life is such a struggle; being alone with your thoughts; the attractiveness of living a simple life; life is a temporary ride; the Pygmies are generous and share; talk about the Pygmies he knows; the Pygmies have no representation or rights; Pygmies were once put in the Bronx Zoo and fed bananas; illegal deforestation in the Congo; King Leopold’s Ghost book; Joe has helped people learn about isolation tanks; Float Nation documentary; floating can help with anxiety and depression; more talk about floating; (2:00:00) you can think clearer when you’re not focused on your body; physical tension is relieved by floating; floating helped Justin prepare for his fight; visualizing a goal; Water4 is trying to raise $50k.

My Thoughts: They watch a couple videos but don’t say what they are, so I just linked to the Water4 YouTube page. Maybe they’re up there. Talk about his Bellator MMA career and helping to build wells in the Congo. Talk about floating towards the end.

Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #937 available for streaming via YouTube.

Podcast Audio: Audio for this episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher, or you can download the MP3 directly to add it to the audio player of your choice.

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 826 with Justin Wren

Episode Number: 826
Episode Guest: Justin Wren
Original Airdate: July 27, 2016
Episode Sponsors: LegalZoom, Stamps.com, Onnit, Caveman Coffee

Guest Bio: Justin Wren is an American MMA fighter. Justin is currently fighting in the heavyweight division of Bellator to help raise more awareness for helping the Pygmy people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Topics Discussed: Fighting in Bellator and returning to MMA; getting Malaria again; jigger sand fleas; talk about dealing with corruption in the Congo; more talk about Malaria in the Congo; Justin was told to get Malaria; he lost 33 lbs. in five days; dealing with bullying and suicidal thoughts as a child; Texas homecoming mums; Justin tells a story about being bullied in high school; he tells a story about a nine-year-old who committed suicide; more talk about wanting to commit suicide at 13 due to bullying; people in the Congo don’t consider suicide despite their poor living conditions; finding camaraderie through training MMA with a team; seeing the people who bullied him as an adult; Carrie movie; where does the desire to bully come from; hanging out with the wrong people as a teenager; talk about blowing up frogs with fireworks; seeing bullying in the Congo; why do people want to bully others; battle at Kruger video; poachers in Africa; 3D-printed cloned rhino horns; why are rhino horns desirable; rhino horns fact vs. fiction; deforestation; the horrible experiences in his past have made him an incredible adult; how the Pygmies talk; Camelbak water packs; getting clean drinking water in the Congo; Justin has helped build 45 water wells; his goals for building wells in the Congo; what people in America are chasing really doesn’t matter; people share in the Congo; educating others in the Congo; how they go to the bathroom in the Congo; unsafe drinking water wells; half the hospital beds in the world are filled because of poor drinking water; Malaria isn’t transferable from person-to-person; leaving a legacy; money and possessions don’t bring happiness; comparing yourself to others robs you of joy; Jeremy talks about a sick friend in the Congo; was Tuberculosis born out of fire; watching UFC VHS tapes when he was younger; Dan Henderson; Roy Nelson; Elite XC talk; Kimbo Slice needed a heart transplant; Pygmy housing; Cal-Earth Eco-Domes; Helping Without Hurting books; more talk about wells and Pygmies; mob justice in the Congo; training other people to help; violence he’s seen in the Congo; What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School book; talk about making goals and writing them down; why 3% of Harvard MBAs make more than the other 97%; Justin talks about writing down and achieving his goals; gardening and farming in the Congo; Bellator MMA “Foundations” video about Justin; Justin talks about ring rust and seeing his wife while fighting; Justin talks about what’s next for him; Team Takedown breaking up; talk about fighting for Bellator and possibly returning to the UFC; balancing fighting and helping the Pygmies; getting shingles; more talk about his fighting future; Adam Wheeler “I am Pure” video; training with Adam Wheeler; more talk about balancing his life.

My Thoughts: The first hour is talk about his experiences with bullying, depression, and suicidal thoughts when he was younger. The rest is talk about what he’s doing in the Congo to help the Pygmies with a bit of talk about his MMA career.

Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #826 available for streaming via YouTube.

Podcast Audio: Audio for this episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher, or you can download the MP3 directly to add it to the audio player of your choice.