Joe Rogan sat down with combat sports analyst Luke Thomas on a recent ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast episode. Both men are heavily entrenched in the world of MMA, and their conversation of the same spanned over three hours. They dived into several trending topics in the sports world currently and provided some interesting behind-the-scenes information.
Chiefly, the aforementioned personalities spoke out on one of the biggest active stars on the UFC roster today in Jorge Masvidal. ‘Gamebred’ has become a bonafide draw in the company after spending several years as a ‘journeymen’ fighter. His ascent came in the form of three KO/TKO finishes in a calendar year that earned him 2019’s ‘Fight of the Year’.
Luke Thomas shared an interesting observation about the way fans and media members viewed Jorge Masvidal before his rise to stardom. He spoke to Rogan about Jorge’s fight week heading into a lightweight bout with former title challenger Al Iaquinta. The scrap took place back in April 2015 and Thomas was blown away to see the difference four years made in Masvidal’s career.
“Do you remember when he [Masvidal] fought Al Iaquinta at 155. So I was at that fight. It was in Fairfax, Virginia and I’ll never forget fight week was in one of those UFC gyms…It was decently attended…Al got a huge whatever [applause], it was Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas in the main event. Chad was a big Alpha male guy at the time, and he got a huge applause.”
“Jorge came out and maybe 10 people knew who he was. The Latin media that was there wanted to talk to him but like most of the media was kinda like give or take on it. I remember thinking to myself do y’all not know how fu**ing good this guy is…It’s amazing to see, you are nothing, you are nothing, you are nothing and then all of a sudden you are something.”
Additionally, Rogan chimed in and supported Luke’s claim that ‘Gamebred’ was underappreciated before his KO of Ben Askren. Rogan turned back the clock and doubled down on the fact that Jorge’s skill set was always present.
“I remember when he knocked out Yves Edwards with a head kick, when Yves Edwards was one of the best 155-pounders in the world. [This] was after Yves Edwards had beaten Josh Thompson, who’s another guy who doesn’t get nearly the respect he deserves. This first guy to ever knockout Nate Diaz. Josh Thompson at one point was the fu**king man. He knocks out Yves Edwards in Bodog.”
A glance at Masvidal’s near 50-fight career record will reaffirm the fact that he’s been a dangerous threat for years. The moment he brushed up on his skills on the mic and began chasing the KO, he was recognized by fans as a huge star. His story is a good reminder that MMA oftentimes plays into a ‘What have you done for me lately?’ narrative.
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