Joe Rogan & Bas Rutten are two of MMA’s most boisterous personalities and on the most recent edition of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, they spoke briefly on the strengths of the promotion’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, as well as one weakness in his stand-up game they have yet to see fully exploited by his opponents.
Conor McGregor can simply do no wrong these days. Just over a year ago, the mouthy Irishman KO’d the formerly-dominant featherweight champion José Aldo in a record-breaking 13 seconds and nabbed himself the quickest UFC championship stoppage in history as well as his long-awaited first taste of UFC gold.
At UFC 205 just two months ago, in a super fight for the promotion’s 155lb title, he defeated one of MMA’s most successful lightweight fighters in Eddie Alvarez and did it in near-flawless fashion, earning his own unique spot in the sport’s record books and solidifying himself as one of the most iconic figures the game has ever seen.
With a dominant 9-1 record in the UFC, the lightweight belt within his grasp and his financial worries now a thing of the past, things couldn’t realistically be looking any better for the Notorious One and in a recent edition of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Rogan and the UFC Hall-Of-Famer Bas Rutten, took some time to commend the Dublin-native not only on his ascent to the top, but also his multi-faceted skillset.
Rutten, who spoke first, had this to say on the lightweight champ’s infamous left hand as well as his equally noteworthy personality.
“I’m in love with his hands. He is the guy, one of my favourites to watch. Also, outside of fighting the way he talks. Like with me in interviews, it’s the same story over and over again. But he can make it different every time. He’s one of those guys who constantly changes.”
Rogan, who has watched McGregor in his growth for years now, continued on from there and made one remarkably huge claim about his skills as a trash-talker.
“He’s the best s**t-talker in the history of combat sports. Before him it was Chael Sonnen and Muhammad Ali and now it’s Conor McGregor. He just knows how to say it. When Jeremy Stephens started talking [at the UFC 205 press conference] and Conor just destroyed him with one sentence. I mean, he finds the perfect s**t to say.”
Rutten, however, directly after all of this, went on to point out what he felt to be one major flaw in the stand-up game of Conor McGregor, a flaw he feels that his former foe José Aldo could exploit if they ever met inside the octagon again.
“You know his stance, because he’s a southpaw. What I thought with Aldo was, if I was Aldo’s coach a year ago, I would have said ‘we’re going to train southpaw’ because there is no way that he can block those low-kicks. If left low-kicks come he can’t block ’em. His stance is too wide and his knees are pointing inside, he can’t block them. It changes the whole game.”
An interesting theory from the man who ended his career riding a 22-fight win-streak. Bas Rutten is of course one of the sport’s most respected figures and though we may not see another match-up between Aldo and McGregor, the devastating leg-kicks of the Brazilian could certainly be a massive factor if the stars do ever align and a rematch is booked.
You can watch the full episode of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast featuring Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo below.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena