Conor McGregor hasn’t fought since he was walloped by UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in early October. UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes he knows why the Irishman has been lingering on the sidelines.
Rogan gave his take on McGregor’s lengthy absence on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience. The commentator thinks the obscenely wealthy former two-division champ is just waiting for something he finds “fun.”
“What do you think Conor’s going to do?” Will Harris, producer of the popular documentary series Anatomy of a Fighter, asked Rogan.
“Whatever he want… probably do a lot of coke [laughs],” Rogan joked. “I’m just kidding. I think he’s going to have some fun. I think if he finds a fight that’s fun — he’s got $100M in the bank — if he finds a fight that’s fun, he’s going to do it.
“They wanted him to do [a fight with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone]” Joe Rogan continued. “There was talk of him doing a Cowboy fight, but he wanted to be a main event, but the UFC wants main events to all be big-time championship fights.
“They think somehow that having no championship title on the line, it wouldn’t be that valuable.”
Conor McGregor has recently expressed interest in a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, yet the champ is currently booked for a September title fight with interim titleholder Dustin Poirier. The “Cowboy” fight that Joe Rogan mentions, however, will seemingly be available again once the fan favorite heals up from his recent war with Tony Ferguson.
Aside from Cowboy, McGregor could also be paired with Ferguson or Justin Gaethje, neither of whom currently have a fight booked.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/28/2019.