Joe Rogan believes Conor McGregor needs to re-evaluate calling out UFC Pound-for-pound King Kamaru Usman.
The Irish sensation is currently plotting his return to the octagon after sustaining a broken tibia in his UFC 264 defeat to Dustin Poirier.
Kept away from the octagon for seven months, McGregor is working hard on his recovery and targets a summer comeback fight.
But after focusing primarily on powerlifting, the Dubliner has undergone a drastic physique change. McGregor looks substantially bigger and incredibly muscular, making a return to 155-pounds difficult. But that may not matter because the fight he desires the most is a collision with the welterweight champion.
Conor McGregor wants Kamaru Usman
In an interview with The Mac Life, ‘The Notorious’ discussed his path to greatness and why he believes ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’s’ style is made for him.
The 33-year-old said: “I believe vs Usman for the 170-pound title for my comeback is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute.
“I haven’t really said that to no one. To be honest, I’ve only been thinking that for the last couple of days because for what cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title, I got myself down to a lightweight frame, but I’m big now.
“I feel big, and I feel strong, I feel healthy; I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back after a gruesome injury. I do not want to deplete myself. There should be no need to deplete myself.”
He added: “I feel confident against Usman. A jab-happy, sloppy, orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he going to do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see a danger with him.
“His ground-and-pound isn’t strong, plus he’s on the older side. And then plus the world is to be took again. The triple crown. No one’s ever obtained three knockouts in three weight divisions moving up like I have already, but no one’s ever obtained three UFC world titles across three divisions like I will do also if we make this fight.”
The Irishman is very confident in dethroning the explosive champion, but the UFC’s most beloved colour commentator thinks it’s a big ask.
Joe Rogan believes that Conor McGregor should rethink fighting Kamaru Usman
During a recent edition of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, the American analyst gave his unfiltered opinion on the potential fight—and he only sees one winner.
“Now he’s talking about fighting Kamaru Usman. Be careful what you ask for. Be careful what you ask for. Usman is a big man, and he’s top of the food chain right now.
“That’s the best pound-for-pound fighter alive, Kamaru Usman, and he’s a natural 170. You’ve got to remember: Conor McGregor won the title at 145, and then he went up to 155 and knocked out Eddie Alvarez and became the champ-champ. Then he fought at 170.”
Rogan continued, “He fought ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, who is a natural 155 pounder. No knock on ‘Cowboy.’ ‘Cowboy’s’ beat a lot of good 170 pounders. He’s an elite fighter, but Usman’s a different thing. That’s a different peak. There’s no oxygen at the top of that mountain. That’s as good as it gets ever at 170.
“I would put Kamaru Usman up against any 170-pound fighter that’s ever lived. I’m not saying that he would beat Georges St-Pierre, I’m not saying he would beat all of them, but he might beat all of them. He might be the best that’s ever been at 170. He’s as good as they get. He’s got ferocious knockout power, he’s elite at wrestling, nobody puts him on his back.”
McGregor is undeniably the biggest star in the history of the sport. He captivated fans with his incredible performances in the cage and his entertaining charisma on the mic. But his glory days are long gone. He’s older, slower and probably past his best. Although a fight with Usman would sell a huge number of PPVs, it could potentially spell disaster for the legacy of Ireland’s finest fighter.
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