Joe Rogan is going to need a cigarette after fanboying so hard over Conor McGregor.
“It’s an extraordinary human being,” Rogan exclaimed on a recent episode of his podcast. “That’s a one in x amount of million kind of people that can do what he does and talk the kind of sh*t he does then get into an Octagon and f*ck people up.”
The longtime UFC commentator spent a significant amount of time marveling at the Irishman’s 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo that occurred seven years ago this month. Joined by Mark Boal, an American journalist and screenwriter best known for the Academy Award winning films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Rogan replayed the UFC 194 main event for his guest, all the while marveling at McGregor’s performance that evening.
“To be a person that can do that under that kind of pressure, that’s an extraordinary human being. There’s very very very few of them that have ever walked the face of the earth that can do that in front of that many people and in that moment which is built up over months and months and months. Really years of taunting him, but months and months and months.
“And to get to that one moment where you look at each other in the Octagon and he looks at him and he goes, ‘Let’s go boy, let’s go boy,’ and you see Aldo’s like, ‘Holy sh*t, this is really happening,’ but Conor couldn’t be more relaxed. That’s mind management. That’s confidence, preparation, intelligence. Emotional intelligence. There’s so many factors.”
Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo Were Never the Same After UFC 194
The walk-off knockout of Jose Aldo is undeniably the highlight of Conor McGregor’s combat sports career. Going into the bout, Aldo had not lost a fight in nearly a decade and defended the UFC featherweight title a record-setting seven times. Though Aldo would recapture the 145-pound title after McGregor never once defended it, ‘Junior’ was never quite the same fighter again.
The same could be said about ‘The Notorious’ even though he did find some success following his quick KO of Aldo. McGregor followed up the win with his first loss inside the Octagon at UFC 196, being submitted by Nate Diaz. McGregor bounced back winning two in a row including a victory over Eddie Alvarez to capture the lightweight title to become a two-division UFC champion.
Since then, McGregor has lost four of his last five outings in combat sports, including a boxing match with undefeated icon Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
“People don’t understand what it is because they look at it from the outside,” Rogan added. ‘It’s violence, it’s horrible.’ It’s high-level problem-solving with dire physical consequences and it’s the craziest game you can play.”