Morning Report: Joe Rogan advises Conor McGregor to be careful about asking Kamaru Usman for his help:


Conor McGregor has always pursued big fights, but UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes “Notorious” might want to reconsider his latest call out.

McGregor is currently on the sidelines, recovering from the shattered leg he suffered in his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, but with the one-time double champ targeting a summer return, the talk has turned towards who McGregor will face when he does come back. Previously, McGregor was targeting a lightweight title shot upon his return, however, after putting on some size during his recovery, McGregor recently said he is “eyeballing” coming back as a welterweight, and has his sights set on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Rogan warns McGregor that it may not be the right path for him.

“Now he’s talking about fighting Kamaru Usman. Be careful what you ask for,” Rogan said on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “Be careful what you ask for. Usman is big and at the top of food chains. That’s the best pound-for-pound fighter alive, Kamaru Usman, and he’s a natural 170. You’ve got to remember, Conor McGregor won the title at 145 and then he went up to 155 and knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the champ-champ… Then he fought at 170 but he fought Cowboy Cerrone who is a natural 155 pounder. No knock on Cowboy, Cowboy’s beat a lot of good 170 pounders, he’s an elite fighter, but Usman’s a different thing. That’s a different peak. There’s no oxygen at the top of that mountain. That’s as good as it gets ever at 170.

“I would put Kamaru Usman up against any 170-pound fighter that’s ever lived. He might not beat Georges St-Pierre. He might be the best that’s ever been at 170. He is as good as it gets. He has ferocious knockout strength, is an elite wrestler, and nobody can put him down… But he keeps getting better. He continues to improve .”

Usman currently is in one of the most exciting runs in UFC history. The welterweight champion is 14-0 in the promotion with five successful title defenses under his belt. Most recently, Usman won a unanimous decision over Colby Covington in their rematch at UFC 268.

McGregor is currently on his worst run in his professional career. After claiming the lightweight title in 2016 to become the UFC’s first ever simultaneous two-division champion, McGregor has struggled to recapture his top form, losing three of his next four bouts, all by stoppage. McGregor is not a good candidate for an Usman fight, given the way their lives have turned.

” It is important to have a strong mind,” Rogan stated. Rogan said, “The ability and ability to conquer, to find the right way to react in difficult situations, to adapt when they do.” Which decisions are you making? Whether you have any give up in you? Some people have a little give up in them, you just have to find, what’s that threshold? Conor has been made to give up by people. He’s tapped. Only one other Usman tap has made him tap. He was caught in a back-naked choke during his second fight. But he was new… Since then, he’s smashed everybody.”

For now, this fight is purely hypothetical. Though Usman has previously shown some inclination towards a fight with McGregor based on the interest it would draw, “The Nigerian Nightmare” already has his next opponent lined up, a rematch with MMA Fighting’s No. 3-ranked welterweight, Leon Edwards.


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