UFC commentator Joe Rogan loves to discuss potential fights between boxers and mixed martial artists.
He did it mere weeks ago, when he drooled over a matchup between WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder and UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou. And now, he’s done it again, this time riffing on a fight between Ngannou and new unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr.
Rogan delved into this matchup on the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience:
“I know he could box,” Rogan stated when his guest Eddie Bravo asked if Francis Ngannou could box at a high level. “He could with training.
“He’s so big and so powerful,” Rogan added. “He, in my opinion, the most dangerous one-punch guy I’ve ever seen. If you make any mistake with that guy… heavyweights just go flying across the room.”
Eddie Bravo then asked Joe Rogan what he thought of a fight between Ngannou and Ruiz:
“Andy Ruiz is a way better boxer,” Rogan answered. “He’s a way, way, way better boxer. It’s a big difference. Andy Ruiz has 100 amateur fights. People would [want to] see it, just like people wanted to see Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. It’s kind of the same way, you know, Conor McGregor knocks people dead in the UFC, and Floyd Mayweather is the greatest boxer of all time — of all time. He’s probably the most skillful defensive artist we’ve ever seen. Floyd got hit a couple of times [in that fight]…
“The thing about Francis Ngannou is, I think even with big gloves, you can’t let him hit you with that,” Joe Rogan continued. “The way Floyd got hit with that uppercut by Conor, Conor just kind of placed it there. He popped him, it was a good shot, but Floyd didn’t get wobbled. He didn’t get dropped. If Francis hit somebody like that? I don’t give a f**k who you are. If he hits you with that left hook that he hit Alistair [Overeem] with? Get the f**k out of here. No one survives that. The way he knocked out Cain [Velasquez], the way he clipped him with that little short uppercut and Cain seemed like he didn’t even know he got hit? He hits stupid hard. Like crazy, ridiculous, off the charts hard.
“If he just went into boxing straight, who the f**k knows, man,” Rogan concluded. “He could be the heavyweight champion of the world. Like legitimately.”
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/5/2019.