There is already significant buzz about a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the man he just beat, former two-division champion Conor McGregor. While this rematch would generate massive amounts of money, however, its hardly the most sensible fight to make next from a rankings standpoint. That’s why UFC color commentator Joe Rogan is hoping it isn’t next.
“There’s all this talk about a Conor rematch, because financially that would be a fantastic fight,” Joe Rogan said on the Joe Rogan Experience recently (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Financially. But if you look at what happened, that was a dominant victory. There was one round where Conor did pretty good, the third round. Other than that, Khabib just sort of dominated him. I mean, he dropped him in the second, beat the f*cking shit out of him in the fourth. The third was a round where Conor did pretty good, because most of it was standing up.”
“I guess you could say that’s the same thing that sort of happened in the Nate Diaz fight [with McGregor] and then Conor came back and won the rematch,” Rogan continued. “So, this is the argument. The argument is Conor was rusty, he’s out of the cage for two years, he gets back in, let’s do a rematch. Then, financially — Jesus Christ. It was the biggest [UFC] fight of all time. They’re saying it was above 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, which is f*cking bananas. That’s huge.”
“If they could talk people into a rematch, I get it,” Rogan concluded. “But I don’t want to see that. I want to see Tony [Ferguson]. I want to see Tony and Khabib.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 10/16/2018.