The Irish star put his big left hand to use against Diaz earlier this month, and bloodied up the veteran fighter. Diaz, however, kept coming, and put an end to McGregor’s undefeated UFC run in round two with a rear-naked-choke,
Well, the two are expected to rematch on July 9th at UFC 200, and recently Joe Rogan weighed-in on the match-up during his podcast. While doing so, Rogan, who is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“A guy like Conor, if you’ve been tapped before by Joe Duffy just a few years ago with an arm triangle … to get caught like that, you’ve got a lot to learn and I don’t know if you’ve learned it all in time. You’ve got to be obsessed with jiu jitsu. You’ve got to be in there every day training and I didn’t think he did [for UFC 196]. I thought it was more about movement and striking and all that stuff. I know he was doing some jiu jitsu but it’s not like the primary focus. So I felt like, ‘That’s a big f**king deep end jump.'”
“He might knock [Diaz] out,” Rogan added. “Conor can knock out anybody. But he didn’t. So now that he didn’t and now that Nate knows he didn’t, now they’re going to go into the second fight and Nate’s going to have a full training camp. Good luck.”
Now you know McGregor boosters and others will argue that the featherweight champ was tired and or rocked when Diaz submitted him. Further, McGregor did hit a nice roll out earlier in the fight when the action hit the mat.
But, against Chad Mendes last July, McGregor didn’t appear to have many answers against “Money’s” top game. So, now that he was quickly subbed by Diaz at UFC 196, Rogan isn’t the only person who’s questioning whether McGregor can hang with top tier grapplers on the floor. If you can’t, staying at the top of one division, much less two, is pretty, pretty difficult.
UFC 200 will take place on July 9th in Las Vegas.