Joe Rogan has put to bed the notion that Conor McGregor tapped too early to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s neck crank at UFC 229 last month.
When Khabib managed to force the Irishman to tap after a dominant four-round performance at the blockbuster event last month, there was a sense of closure in his win that made his argument for P4P no. 1 status that bit stronger.
Of course, for McGregor, his legions of detractors – who would likely have poked at something even if he had won – immediately pointed to his seemingly quick tap to Nurmagomedov’s neck crank as evidence that he ‘quit’.
Joe Rogan took to his podcast to clear the matter up, however.
“He did not tap prematurely. He did not defend it though. He was done, he was beaten down. Khabib f**ked him up.
“There are a lot of people who don’t train who think that that was something that you shouldn’t tap to. They are out of their f**king minds. That is what is called ‘a fulcrum choke’. It’s not necessarily a choke but it really feels like your head is going to pop off.
“If you look at what Conor did, he just waited until he couldn’t take it anymore more and tapped. That was a perfect example of a fulcrum choke, a neck crank. It doesn’t have to be under the chin, it can be on the face and you’re going to get f**ked up.
Obviously, there are those who would be better equipped than Conor to deal with having a guy as talented as Khabib on top of you like that, but even still, the fatigue and damage added to the Russian’s ability to get the tap – in Rogan’s estimation.
“So all those folks out there saying it wasn’t a choke need to go have someone apply that to them. They need to start training jiu-jitsu and stop talking about MMA submissions.
“Not everyone is going to tap to that. Some others, unlike Conor, are going to be better at defending them. People tap.
“I think it was because Conor had eaten bombs. It would help if he wasn’t as tired. If that choke was applied in the first few seconds I think he probably would have had a good chance to survive.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena