“That Sh*t’s Way Out of Line!” – Joe Rogan Was Furious at Conor McGregor After the 2018 Fiasco Involving Khabib

Published 08/28/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – MAY 07: Joe Rogan anchors the broadcast during the UFC 274 event at Footprint Center on May 07, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor, the former two-division UFC champion has had some of the most historic moments inside the UFC cage that made him a star in the sport. However, along with that, the Irishman also had some moments the fans will not remember fondly.

One such incident was when ‘The Notorious’, living up to his monicker, attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters and officials in 2018. Apparently, the Irish star was trying to attack his rival and former UFC champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was also on the bus.

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Subsequently, the Dublin native had to face charges for his actions. While discussing the same incident on his famous podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, the veteran UFC color commentator, billed McGregor’s act as unethical.

“Conor, that’s what he does. He talks sh*t to people and f**ks with their heads. I mean, it’s a giant part of his game. And I know that was a part of the strategy, him throwing that dolly at the bus. That sh*t’s way out of line,” Rogan said. 

“I mean throwing the dolly at the bus. That’s not what a martial artist does. If you stop and think about what we value about martial arts in terms of teaching children honor and respect and discipline. And the things when we think of as a classical martial artists like Lyoto Machida. Or someone like that bowing to their opponent,” Rogan added. 

Further on, the 55-year-old MMA enthusiast also chastised the UFC for using the incident to promote McGregor’s fight. “This is theatric, this is hype. But in all fairness, the UFC used to sell that fight. That was a big part of their promotional campaign was seeing Conor throw the dolly at the bus and screaming and yelling,” Rogan said. 

The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov

The rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov is one of the most talked about in the history of the sport. Apparently, the saga between the duo started with ‘The Eagle’ getting into an altercation with McGregor’s teammate.

Things happened one after the other and ‘The Notorious’ arrived at Barclays Center just after the conclusion of a UFC 223 media day on April 5 to confront the Russian former UFC champion, who was headlining the pay-per-view.

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It was there that the bus attack took place. Following that, McGregor and Nurmagomedov became bitter rivals.

The conclusion of their rivalry

After the bus attack, the duo became thirsty for each other’s blood. Given their rivalry, the UFC set up a lightweight title fight between them. The much-anticipated bout was set to headline UFC 229 in 2018.

LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Referee Herb Dean separates Conor McGregor, left, and Khabib Nurmagomedov during their fight at UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

Both the combatants indulged in heavy trash talks in the lead-up to the fight. McGregor, in particular, brought Nurmagomedov’s family into the mix, which made the fight personal.

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However, despite all his powerful trash talk game, McGregor didn’t fare well against the Russian. ‘The Eagle’ dominated most of the rounds. He stung him several times in the bout and finally took him to the mat and finished the fight via Neck Crack in the fourth round.

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Despite the fact that the fight was over, the rivalry between the two still continues as both still take a jibe at each other in several of their interviews.

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What are your thoughts on the rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov? What do you think of Rogan’s words about McGregor? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

Edited By: Paras Pande

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