‘That Thing He Did to Conor Was So Nasty’- Joe Rogan on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Dominant Win Over Conor Mcgregor

Published 07/30/2021, 1:14 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Conor McGregor of Ireland is interviewed by Joe Rogan during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


In a recent discussion on his podcast, Joe Rogan took a stroll down memory lane and revisited Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dominant performance against Conor McGregor at UFC 229.  

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With the animosity at an all-time high, Khabib and Conor finally got to face each other in the Octagon. The bout came to a decisive at the end of the fourth round, with Khabib submitting McGregor using a painful neck crank.  

Discussing the efficiency of the Khabib’s submission, this is what Rogan had to share. 

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 “That thing he did to Conor was so nasty too because he wasn’t even under the chin,” said Rogan. “It’s not a move that I’ve ever used, it’s like in that position I’ve always gone to like, there’s a move where you pull the neck this way and you pull the body that way. Like you do whats called a gable grip on the neck, you’re pulling the neck this way, and with your lower legs, you’re pulling the body another way. And you’ve got a guy like really f****n twisted up and yanked and it’s very very painful.” 

The fourth round saw Nurmagomedov comfortably take McGregor down against the fence and quickly work his way into the side mount. A worn-out McGregor then proceeded to give his back up. And though Conor did somehow manage to keep his chin tucked in to avoid a choke, Khabib was more than happy to get in an excruciating neck crank to force the tap.

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Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov: Will we ever witness the rematch?  

Following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor immediately demanded a rematch with the Champion. However, considering the one-sidedness of their first meeting, Nurmagomedov looked to defend his title against other deserving opponents. 

 Since then, Conor has fought a total of three times, securing a first-round victory against Donald Cerrone and two devastating losses against Dustin Poirier. Meanwhile, Khabib went onto grace us with two more mesmerizing performances against Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. 

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)

Shockingly, after his submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, the Eagle retired from the sport of MMA. The decision came on the back of a promise Khabib made to his mother after the untimely passing of his father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

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While Khabib has been enjoying his retirement, coaching up-and-coming teammates, Conor has repeatedly dismissed the former Lightweight Champ for being ‘too scared’ to take the rematch.   

Furthermore, in his last outing against Dustin Poirier, McGregor snapped his leg at the end of the first round. An injury that will probably keep him out of action for at least a year. With Khabib supposedly retired and Conor McGregor on a downward spiral, the chances of a rematch between the two seem slim. 

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What do you think? Will we ever get to see the rematch? Let us know in the comments.  

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