MMA World Divided As Joe Rogan’s Comments on Conor McGregor’s 8 Years Old Surreal Moment Goes Viral – “A Shame He Couldn’t Predict the A** Whooping”

Published 10/30/2023, 9:41 AM EDT

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Joe Rogan loves the fight game. The podcast host’s passion and childlike sense of wonder is nowhere more apparent than when he is talking about fighters he likes. Fans will remember him emotionally declaring Ronda Rousey would beat fifty percent of the fighters in the UFC’s bantamweight division.

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And it is no secret that he is a big fan of former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor. Let us look back at the knockout that gave birth to the legend of ‘Mystic Mac’ and made the UFC commentator call him a genius.

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In a clip doing the rounds, Joe Rogan heaps praise on Conor McGregor and calls the Irishman a genius when talking about his 13-second KO victory over former featherweight champion Jose AldoRogan pointed out that ‘Mac’ had planned to imitate Aldo’s movements and set him up for the knockout before the fight.

A video had emerged showing McGregor practicing that exact combination, which led to Aldo’s knockout. Aldo was one of the greatest featherweights in UFC history, who had defended his title seven times before facing ‘Mystic Mac’. This spectacular knockout boosted McGregor’s popularity in the MMA world and is considered one of the greatest moments in his fighting career.


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“You know what’s even more genius? He worked on the exact same thing and he mimicked what he was going to do, in the green room. There’s video of him, of Conor pretending to be Aldo, then him showing what he’s gonna do,” Rogan said.

Fans react to Rogan’s comments

Fans took to the comments section of the Instagram post and let their thoughts on the matter known. This is what they had to say.

One fan felt that it was very surprising a champion of Aldo’s caliber lost in 13 seconds:

“It’s still so insane to think about how such a dominant champ like Aldo went out in 13 seconds”

Another thought it was unfortunate he couldn’t predict Khabib Nurmagomedov’s movements:

“Shame he couldn’t predict the khabib fight”

Another seconded this sentiment:

“Dam he couldnt predict the smash khabib gave to him”

A similar comment read, “It’s a shame he couldn’t predict the a** whooping Khabib and Poirier gave him.”

One user pointed out this was the law of attraction whereby one can manifest one’s beliefs:

“Law of attraction….imagine and belief and it might happen!”

Another praised his fight intelligence:

“Hes Striking IQ is really High”

One fan thought it would have been better if he had worked on his shin kicks before the third fight against Poirier where he broke his leg:


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“Meanwhile he worked on calf kicks before the third poirer fight and broke his shin”

Another felt that this was not the same young, hungry McGregor that fans had fallen in love with.

“When Conor was a youngin coming into the UFC; he was a BEAST!! He is just a shell of his former self now..”


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Fans clearly, are divided on the topic of Conor McGregor’s genius. But, the UFC megastar has an opportunity to prove his critics wrong again as he gears up to make his comeback to the octagon after two years of inactivity. But will he be able to pull it off? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Kanishk Thakur


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Kanishk Thakur is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Kanishk owes his love for MMA to the fan-favorite UFC commentator Joe Rogan, whose discussions of the sport on his podcast nudged him into following MMA. An experienced senior content writer, Kanishk’s passion for the sport was solidified after exploring the infamous Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov rivalry and its eventual culmination at UFC 229.
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Yeswanth Praveen




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