If you look back on Conor McGregor’s career in mixed martial arts you won’t find many losses on his record. The three you do find all have a recurring theme, loss by submission.
The hole in McGregor’s game hit home once again following his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 earlier this month, gassing early in the second round before falling victim to a rear-naked choke. Now with talk of a rematch for UFC 200 spreading like wildfire, one UFC personality has some sound advice for the featherweight champion.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan spoke about the possible rematch on his most recent podcast and believes McGregor needs to become”obsessed” with Jiu-Jitsu to have any chance of beating the Stockton native.
“If it goes to the ground? Oh, that’s the wrong guy,” Rogan said of Nate Diaz on his recent podcast. “Nate Diaz is the wrong guy to go to the ground with. Nate Diaz is a legit black belt, a really high-level black belt. I knew Conor had gotten submitted by Joe Duffy. Anybody can get submitted if you get caught, but he got submitted by that Joe Duffy guy just a few years ago. Joe Duffy is a very talented fighter, no doubt about it, but Nate wouldn’t have gotten submitted by that same guy. I highly, highly, highly doubt it.
“A guy like Conor, if you’ve been tapped before by Joe Duffy just a few years ago with an arm triangle, to get caught like that, you’ve got a lot to learn and I don’t know if you’ve learned it all in time. You’ve got to be obsessed with jiu jitsu. You’ve got to be in there every day training and I didn’t think he did (for UFC 196).
I thought it was more about movement and striking and all that stuff. I know he was doing some jiu jitsu but it’s not like the primary focus. So I felt like, ‘That’s a big f**king deep end jump.'”
Rogan believes Conor has every chance to knockout Diaz if the rematch is to take place but mentioned the added confidence Nate will have following the result of the previous fight. McGregor hit Diaz with some big shots throughout the first round and managed to weather the storm, which can’t be said for most of McGregor’s previous opponents.
You can view the podcast in full below, the Diaz segment beginning at the 10-minute mark.
UFC 200 takes place on July 9, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Brown and Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson has also been rumored for the event.
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