The famed UFC commentator and podcast host has given his take on exactly how lucrative a showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Khabib Nurmagomedov would be.
Joe Rogan addressed the frankly ridiculous notion that Mayweather would once again leave his state of semi-retirement to face the UFC lightweight champ – predicting that if it were hastily set up for a date in two months time, it would still break the 1 million PPV buy-mark.
Speaking on a recent edition of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience (transcript via MMA Fighting), the famed UFC colour-commenator used Floyd’s bouts with Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto as measures for how a showdown with the Russian mixed martial artist would do financially.
“I think if Khabib stepped in and tried to fight Floyd right now, right now, if they tried to set it up in two months, I guarantee you it would sell at least a million PPV buys. A million. It does a million.”
“Here’s the thing, who was Floyd’s – was it [Manny] Pacquiao and then [Andre Berto] and then retired, right? And [Manny] Pacquiao got the giant, most PPV numbers ever, but then [Andre Berto], if I’m correct, only got a few hundred thousand, like 300,000 PPV buys.
“So he fights Andre Berto, that only gets like 350,000 or something like that, then he fights Conor and it’s millions of PPVs. If he fought Khabib, it would still be better than fighting any of those other guys.”
No one would begrudge Nurmagomedov a huge payday after reaching a hugely impressive 27-0 with a victory over the biggest star in the sport last year but in truth, seeing UFC champions distracted from those that wait beneath them in their division is something that is happening far too often these days.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena