Rogan: McGregor will box again
On his podcast, Rogan says that, despite being beaten by Floyd Mayweather, McGregor will continue to box professionally.
I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight – say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it…It wouldn’t be a smart move. The difference between Canelo and Floyd – Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll f**k you up. He’ll hurt you. [Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. They’re terrible fights for him. Those guys are different.
Rogan apologises for Cormier interview
After coming under criticism for interviewing Cormier after he lost to Jon Jones, Rogan apologises. Normally, the losing fighter is not interviewed because they may be concussed, or not in a fit state to take questions.
My apologies to DC and to everyone else upset at me for interviewing him after the fight. In all honesty, I was kind of in shock and I don’t think I realised what I was doing until I had a mic in my hand and I was talking to him. I’ve said that I don’t want to interview fighters after they’ve been KO’d and then I did it to someone that I care a great deal about. It was 100% my f**k up and no one pressured me to do it. I was beating myself up about it all night, and whenever something like that happens it’s always my sincere intention to apologise and express my honest feelings. It’ll never happen again.
Rogan: If Conor McGregor headkicked Floyd ‘he would be a god damn folk hero’
On his podcast, Rogan ponders the consequences of McGregor kicking Mayweather in the head.
[Kicking him in the head] would be f-cked up. There’s probably some stipulations in the contract that say, ‘you can’t get him in an armbar or choke him.’.. Could you imagine? He would be a god damn folk hero. If they got in close and Floyd was shucking and juking on the outside and he threw a jab to cover up a left high kick and that left high kick necks him? Just clang, and you see Floyd go limp – and he would go limp. He’s never been high kicked like that. Jesus, that would be crazy. Would it be worth it? It would but it would f-ck everything up because no one would ever trust another fighter from MMA to ever fight a boxer in a boxing match again.
Rogan: Conor McGregor is the greatest featherweight of all time
During his UFC 212 podcast, Rogan says McGregor is the best UFC featherweight of all time.
I’ve got say Conor [McGregor] is the greatest 145-pounder of all time cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest. But in terms of who’s got more victories of course it’s Aldo. The problem is — we’re not doing MMA math here — you’re having two guys actually fight each other. So if you said who is the greatest of all time? Well it would have to be Aldo because he beat all these guys — no, no no, because the two of them fought and Conor merked him. So you’ve to give it to him. Otherwise there’s no other metric. There’s no other metric other than a knockout…He’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever. The reality is Aldo’s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever. But once they actually fight, that’s it. That’s all that matters. It’s not MMA math. So you’ve got to give it to him.
Rogan: ‘It’s a good fight, in terms of seeing what the f-ck happens’
Rogan says he’s not sure how a McGregor-Mayweather fight will turn out.
[McGregor’s] signed. It happened yesterday. He has signed, Floyd Mayweather has not signed, they’re negotiating the Floyd Mayweather deal. It’s a good fight, in terms of seeing what the f-ck happens. … First of all, Floyd’s 40, nearly 41 and he’s one of the best defensive boxers in the history of the planet. … Conor might get his ass handed to him — but he might not. Conor might tag Floyd. Conor is very good at closing distance and snapping off lead shots. That’s what he did against Nate [Diaz]. And he’s a southpaw. If he can just snap off one or two clean shots and make it interesting, it’ll be fun.
Rogan: McGregor could be the ‘touch of death’ for Mayweather
Rogan says McGregor is dangerous to Mayweather.
Mayweather is a way better boxer. There’s just no doubt about it. He’s one of the greatest boxers, if not the greatest boxer that has ever lived…But that said, Conor McGregor is not incompetent. He’s very dangerous. Floyd Mayweather’s a way better boxer, but Conor McGregor is dangerous as f-ck and he has a really deceptive ability to move in and move out. He can cover distance very quickly and he can do so in a weird way. But if Floyd can figure him out and start using his jab and using his movement – see, Floyd has traditionally had problems with southpaws but he’s never lost to one…That’s a freak athlete and those come along and when those come along, if they’re smart too, and then they’re really good at learning the sport too, a lot of people are f-cked. And that’s where Conor McGregor is. He’s a freak athlete in the sense that he has what Firas Zahabi [calls] it the ‘touch of death.’ That’s the best way to describe it. He just zaps people.
He alsolikens McGregor’s punch power to heavyweight great George Foreman.
McGregor is a freak athlete with a touch of death who just zaps people. Look at the way Foreman hit [people]… his single-shot power-punch was so extraordinary that hardly anyone could stand in front of him.Foreman was so scary. So these freak athletes come along and when they’re smart and learn the sport, a lot of [opponents] get f-cked. That’s where Conor McGregor is.
Rogan explains how McGregor can beat Mayweather
Rogan says McGregor may have something up his sleeve.
There’s something about [Conor McGregor]. I’m telling you, there’s something about that dude. He’s got something going on. He’s got a little something extra special but he would need everything to line up. Mayweather would have to dismiss him as a threat. He’d have to not train hard enough, he’d have to not seriously consider the possibility that Conor connects on him and knocks him out. And then Conor would have to do some roughhousing. He’d have to hold him in the clinch. He’d have to hold him and hit him. He’d have to try and get off as many shots and bully him around and wear him out. It’s a possibility. He’s a much bigger man. He’s a much bigger man. If you compare the two of them frame-wise, if they ever do do it, and they’re standing right at each other, looking down at each other doing eye-to-eye, you’re gonna go ‘oh, shit.’ [Conor]’s a big f-ck. He can make that 145-pound cut when he’s on death’s door, but Mayweather makes it easy.
Rogan: 70-80% chance of McGregor-Mayweather fight
Rogan says that there is a strong chance of a McGregor-Mayweather fight happening.
Well I would say, if you looked at it in terms of a zero percent chance to a hundred percent chance, I think we’re in the 70’s. I think we’re in the 70’s or 80’s. I think there’s a significant legal hurdle to overcome with the UFC and they might not overcome that depending how they play that card. Now, McGregor has publicly stated that he believes, because of the Ali Act, he can compete in boxing and not do it with the UFC but, he wants everything to be smooth so he would rather have the UFC involved. But, he also wants the UFC to recognise, what he says, is ‘their place’. So there’s Mayweather Promotions, McGregor Promotions and the UFC. So this is what he is stating now, he is going to be a partner in the promotion. And so, there’s going to be some sort of negotiation for how things are split up in three ways.
Rogan: McGregor Promotions means UFC will be ‘star driven’
After McGregor announced that he has formed McGregor Promotions, Rogan says that the fighter will have more leverage.
It’s going to become what boxing is. It’s going to become that. It’s star driven…And when it’s star driven like that, guys like Conor who are legitimate stars, they have the leverage. And they’re going to manipulate that leverage. They’re going to utilise that leverage and we’re going to see what happens.
Rogan: McGregor-Diaz trilogy fight will happen
Rogan says that if McGregor stays at lightweight, he will be challenged to a third fight by Diaz.
They’re already saying that Conor shouldn’t have fought Nate because Nate was too big for him. But Nate is a 155er. That’s a fight that’s going to happen again if Conor stays the 155lb champion. It’s going to happen again, it has to.
Rogan: Mayweather can’t pull as many PPVs as McGregor
Rogan says Mayweather doesn’t have as much power in negotiations as he thinks.
Hey dude, it’s a lot of f-cking money. Here’s the deal; Floyd Mayweather’s last pay-per-view had 300 thousand pay-per-view buys. Conor’s last two pay-per-views were 1.3 million and 1.5 million.
Rogan: McGregor can beat Mayweather using MMA gloves
Rogan says McGregor can beat Mayweather if he uses MMA gloves:
Let me tell ya, here’s where Conor McGregor can win… MMA gloves. Let’s have a boxing match, with MMA gloves. Floyd’s had some serious problems in the past with his hands. And he uses those big ass pillow gloves because of it, and he’s been known to not really sit down with his punches. He just picks guys apart. There’s no doubt about it, Floyd is a masterful boxer but that’s a big transition for him, to fighting with smaller gloves.
Rogan: Rousey likely won’t return to fighting
Rogan says Rousey will most likely not return to fighting,
I don’t think she is [going to fight again]. Amanda Nunes is a very, very dangerous puncher. She kicks and punches so f-cking hard, and she has long arms. She puts you on the end of those long punches, and she dinged Ronda very early in the fight, and you could tell she was rocked…If she does, she should come back in a calculated manner. Don’t just rush in and fight for the title like she did. I think that’s crazy. Taking a year off taking a head kick getting knocked out – where’s your head at? Was she 100 percent committed to this as far as training for the entire time off, or did she just get in really good shape over the last few months and had she been training at all before then? You’d have to ask her and answer all those questions, but if she doesn’t want to be fighting, she shouldn’t be fighting.
Rogan: McGregor ‘best shit-talker in history of combat sports’
Rogan says McGregor is the best trash-talker in combat sports.
He’s the best shit-talker in the history of combat sports. Before him it was Chael Sonnen and Muhammad Ali and now it’s Conor McGregor. He just knows how to say it. When Jeremy Stephens started talking [at the UFC 205 press conference] and Conor just destroyed him with one sentence. I mean, he finds the perfect shit to say.
Rogan: McGregor, UFC missed out on a huge payday
Rogan says both McGregor and the UFC have missed out on a huge payday by not selecting Nate Diaz’s brother Nick as McGregor’s next opponent.
I think they missed the boat if they want to make the f-cking biiiiig money. I think it’s Nick Diaz versus Conor McGregor. They fight at 170 [pounds]. It’s a great story. I love a great story. Big brother steps in. Come on, son.
Rogan: ‘There’s Conor McGregor and there’s everyone else’
Rogan says only McGregor can draw big numbers of fans to the sport.
The next pay-per-view is Holly Holm vs Germaine De Randamie, which is a tough sell. I would buy it, as a hardcore fan [but] it ain’t going to be Conor McGregor numbers…Honestly, there’s Conor McGregor and there’s everyone else. There was a thing the other day that showed that Conor, in three fights, drew more pay-per-view than the entire UFC roster in 2014.
Rogan: McGregor will fight Nurmagomedov next
Rogan says McGregor will fight Nurmagomedov next.
The UFC is about to go to Russia. They want to get in there. Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov, that’s what I think is up. Giant!
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McGregor had staph infection weeks before first Diaz fight
Rogan says a possible reason McGregor lost the first fight against Diaz was that he had a staph infection weeks before the fight.
The guy steps in, loses to Diaz, takes the Diaz fight on short notice-by the way, after a staph infection. Here’s something not a lot of people know, he had a pretty significant staph infection and was on antibiotics until like, I think two weeks before the fight. If you don’t think that drains your gas tank you’ve never had a staph infection, and you’ve never taken antibiotics. They’re brutal on your whole body. Your body is made up of all this shit you don’t consider to be you, but it is you, stomach flora is a real part of you. Your body is essentially an ecosystem, and when you have a staph infection, staph infections are dangerous as f-ck and people die from them. So they hit you with some heavy duty antibiotics, I’ve had staph twice and it’s not fun. The first time I had it, I took the medication and I couldn’t believe how I felt. So weird, I felt lightheaded, I felt weak, I was like ‘woah’. It’s super strong stuff. I was like ‘Wow, imagine this guy 2 weeks after that.
Directly after being declared the winner McGregor asks about his belts.
Where the f-ck is my second belt? I’ve already got this one. Where’s the second one at? Cheap motherf-ckers. $4.2 billion this company was sold for. Where’s that second belt. Go backstage and grab that f-cking belt somewhere.
He then talks to Rogan about his win over Alvarez.
They’re not on my level. You’ve got to have size, reach, length. If you come in any way equal to me I’m going to rip your whole head off. Eddie’s a warrior, but he shouldn’t have been in here with me and that’s just the truth of it.
Alvarez vs McGregor – Champion vs Champion
UFC releases a promo video for UFC 205, called Champion vs Champion, featuring McGregor and Alvarez. Rogan narrates:
Eddie Alvarez is an incredibly dangerous fighter. He is a blood and guts warrior…Eddie’s bigger, he’s as fast, and he’s a better wrestler than Conor McGregor. Conor McGregor is coming off the most important victory of his UFC career. The Nate Diaz fight showed that he can be one of the best 155 pound fighters in the world.