‘Conor Needed Khabib’- Joe Rogan on the Heated Rivalry Between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov

Published 07/30/2021, 11:05 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is probably one of the biggest that the UFC has ever had. Both fighters have a superstar status of their own. UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan took a trip down memory lane to revisit the epic rivalry.

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Those guys all need each other. The sport needs a Khabib. You need a guy who is so ultra super dominant, that he makes everybody else rise up. They are all better because of Khabib,” said Rogan.

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Conor needed Khabib. He needed someone who is a no-nonsense guy. Because he’s all about all the style, all the f*cking expensive watches and drive around on a Roles,” he added.

McGregor was the superstar that brought the UFC to the limelight along with other mainstream sports. His unique persona added with his amazing fighting skills at that time made fans all over the world tune in whenever the Irish fighter was in action.

However, Nurmagomedov’s dominance inside the Octagon was something unmatched to date. The Russian retired from the sport with an undefeated professional record of 29-0.

Joe Rogan looks back at the UFC 229 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor

‘The Eagle’ managed a fourth-round submission win over his arch-rival when the duo eventually met inside the UFC Octagon at UFC 229. There had been some bad blood between both camps leading up to the fight. And it all spilled out after the fight as Nurmagomedov jumped the cage to attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia reacts after Conor McGregor of Ireland submitted in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

It was a wild fight to call man. Because the melee broke out after the fight because Khabib wasn’t done. People are talking sh*t on the side of the rope, oh the side of the cage rather, Khabib jumped over the cage, went after them,” said Rogan.

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Having a fight for 4 rounds with Conor McGregor, then jumping the cage and f*cking up people in the crowd. He is not playing, this isn’t a game, he is ready to fight to the death,” he further added.

It’s true the magnitude of the rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov will be unmatched for the years to come. Fans wanted to see the duo fight once again. But with ‘The Eagle‘ retired and McGregor‘s fall from grace, the possibilities are slim to none.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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