Joe Rogan has seen a lot of fights as well as fighters throughout their career as a UFC commentator and enthusiastic follower of the sport of mixed martial arts.
So, who does Rogan consider the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time?
Recently, on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast talking with writer and stand-up comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, Rogan stated his opinion on who he considers MMA’s GOAT.
“He’s a very nice guy,” Rogan told Fitzsimmons after explaining the level of skill possessed by Anderson Silva at the peak of his career (at 7:13 of the video). “And, again, he’s the greatest of all time. If you’re a fan of the sport, in my opinion, that guy when he was in his, there’s like a few year period where someone can exist at the highest of RPMs.”
Rogan then opened up the debate on the greatest of all time and brought up a name familiar to fans who have been following the sport since the days of PRIDE.
“The argument is really between him and maybe Fedor Emelianenko, who fought in PRIDE. I think Fedor is a real possibility. I definitely could see the argument that he was number one instead of Anderson. But it’s really, who the f**k knows. They fought in different organizations, they fought different people. You know, I think the talent level was probably a little bit better in the UFC but it’s arguable that it wasn’t because he was fighting Cro Cop in his prime and Nogueira in his prime. I mean, Fedor fought some of the all time greats at their best and beat them. So it’s arguable that he fought a tougher range of opponents, so maybe it’s arguable that Fedor’s accomplishments are more impressive because the opposition he fought was bigger, more dangerous. He fought Cro Cop when Cro Cop was just an assassin, smashing people, knocking everybody dead. And, he walked him down and out-kickboxed him, mostly. That’s mostly what the fight was about.”
Who gets your vote for MMA’s greatest of all time? Let’s take this one to the comments!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on January 11, 2017.