Joe Rogan Says Frankie Edgar vs Conor McGregor Is The Fight To Make
Long-time UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, Did a podcast last night with former UFC fighter, Brendan Schaub, and Bryan Callen. As usual, the topic of MMA came up, during that discussion, they debated what fight should be next for UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Joe Rogan made a valid argument that former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, should be the man that steps into the Octagon next with McGregor. Not only that, he explained why former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, should have to get a win first, before being granted another shot at the title.
Here’s what he said:
“Frankie Edgar is a way easier sell. Maybe if Aldo comes back and wins in spectacular fashion, like if he and Cub Swanson have a rematch. Because Swanson-Aldo went the same way Aldo and McGregor went. Aldo hits him with a flying knee two seconds into the fight cracks him. Aldo has to win again. You could sell [Aldo-McGregor II], but you wouldn’t sell it for as much as if Aldo won.
“When Manny Pacquiao got knocked dead, the Floyd Mayweather fight was off. But then he beats Chris Algieri, looks like a f**king demon again and you go, ‘OK, we can see it again’ and they sold the fight. But if they tried to go right from the Juan Manuel Marquez knockout right into the Floyd Mayweather fight? They would have lost a s**tload of money. A fighter has to win.”
UFC president, Dana White, has revealed that Conor McGregor will fight at UFC 200. There’s been conflicting reports that McGregor was offered a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200, but he as he said at the UFC 196 post-fight press conference, he’s focused on defending his featherweight title next.
Frankie Edgar has won five-fights in a row. In his last fight, he finished Chad Mendes via TKO in the first round. He really should be the clear-cut #1 contender to McGregor’s belt. However, UFC have been granting a lot of immediate rematches to champions who’ve lost their title. So there’s no telling which direction the UFC will go.
Joe Rogan makes the comments at the 1:03:20 mark of the podcast below.