‘He Didn’t Want to Stop After Conor had Tapped’- Joe Rogan Reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Comments on Conor Mcgregor

Published 08/14/2021, 9:02 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Joe Rogan recently took a trip down memory lane to revisit one of the biggest fights in the UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor at UFC 229. 

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Joe Rogan on Khabib vs Conor

McGregor crossed all boundaries in the lead-up to their clash, questioning Khabib’s religious values, insulting his way of life, referring to the fighters from Dagestan as ‘rats’. Also, let’s not forget McGregor, throwing a dolly at a bus, with Khabib Nurmagomedov and many other UFC fighters sitting inside before UFC 223.    

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Nevertheless, Khabib kept his head down and stoically waited with bated breath for the showdown. Come fight night, Khabib Nurmagomedov famously submitted McGregor with a neck crank in the fourth round. Khabib had a truly dominant performance against the Irishman. One could hear him insulting and mocking McGregor while dishing out concussive blows to the Irishman’s head.   

Discussing the fine line between trash-talking for entertainment and getting personal, Joe Rogan had the following to say, 

‘Mental warfare is a real thing. It just didn’t work with Khabib. It had the opposite effect. With Khabib he’s like, I can’t wait to get my fucking hands on you. It wasn’t, ‘I can’t believe he’s saying these things to me.’ But it ramped up the violence to the point where he was letting you know like, ‘Hey this is real to me, if you want to act thuggish let’s just keep going, I’ll keep taking this.’ Like he didn’t want to stop after Conor had tapped like he was holding onto him, and he’s letting him know, ‘hey m**********r, this is real, this is not just shit-talking”  

Even after getting the victory, Khabib didn’t seem at peace, pacing around the octagon until he climbed over the fence and went after Dillon Danis. The entire event will always have an asterisk next to it, thanks to the aftermath.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov in retirement

Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from the sport of MMA after his fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Ever since, the former lightweight champion has begun a new chapter in his life, focusing on many other endeavors related to business, philanthropy, and MMA.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Khabib Nurmagomedov interacts with media during the UFC 249 press conference at T-Mobile Arena on March 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

An ambassador of the sport, Khabib has his own training schools back in Dagestan. Here, children take part in different martial arts from a young age. Furthermore, the 32-year-old has taken to coaching his former teammates and the results so far have been commendable.

Khabib also bought the Russian mixed martial arts promotion Gorilla fighting for $1 million. It’s safe to say that the former champion is enjoying this new chapter in his life.

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What do you think? Will Khabib Nurmagomedov ever return to the octagon? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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