Joe Rogan has been in the broadcast booth for more UFC events that anybody else in the long history of the promotion. That includes calling featherweight division fights and according to Rogan, former UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor is the best the division has ever had.
“[McGregor]’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever. The reality is, Aldo’s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever because if you look at all the different people that both of them fought, you’re like ‘wow it’s really close, it’s really interesting, but Aldo has more fights.’ But then once they actually fight, that’s it. That’s all that matters. So you’ve got to give it to him. People will fight against it, ‘No, because Aldo was the champion for so many years.’ You’re 100-percent right. His body of work is much more impressive and there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145 [pounds], KO’d Aldo, and was like ya’ll be cool, I’m out of here,” Rogan said on The Joe Rogan Experience.
McGregor himself hasn’t fought in the division since he defeated Jose Aldo for the featherweight strap at UFC 194.
Max Holloway defeated Aldo at UFC 212 to become the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion and Rogan does admit that the Hawaiian delivered a beating to the Brazilian.
“Max Holloway beat the s**t out of him. He beat him in a way that no one’s ever beat him. Conor [McGregor] only beat him because he caught him. Max Holloway beat him down. He beat him down,” said Rogan.
Rogan is going to be heard from next at UFC 213, which is taking place on Saturday, July 8.