Daniel Cormier says it’s going to take more than a powerful punch to take out Khabib Nurmagomedov, and now Joe Rogan is one-upping “DC,” saying that if you don’t somehow find a way to defeat “The Eagle” in the first 90 seconds, defeating him in any manner is likely not going to happen.
And you have to look no further than Khabib’s dominant performance over Edson Barboza at UFC 219 as a prime example (video replay here).
“He’s just on such another level that the odds of beating him drop significantly after the first minute-and-a-half,” Rogan said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast via MMA Junkie. “You saw the look on Barboza’s face: Two minutes in and he’s trying to get up. You saw the look on his face and it’s like, ‘(Expletive), how am I gong to do deal with this?’ It’s just so next level,” he added.
Indeed, Nurmagomedov took it to Edson at a relentless pace for 15 full minutes that left the Brazilian bomber wondering what he signed up for after the fact. The win was Khabib’s twenty fifth straight, ninth overall inside the Octagon.
The win secured Khabib a shot at the division strap, against who, though, remains to be seen as an interim title fight against Tony Ferguson seems more likely since Conor McGregor is still out doing...whatever he’s doing.
According to Rogan, the terrifying 155-pounder has put both champion’s on notice.
“Khabib, after this performance, has set it up to a place where he’s the most terrifying lightweight contender in the world,” Rogan said. “Then you have Tony Ferguson, whose a (expletive), and has the interim championship, then you have Conor – who knows what happens with him? I think the UFC’s going to give him some time, let the holidays pass, see what the (expletive) happens and then make some moves.”
Indeed, the wheels are indeed turning on the move-making machine, as UFC president Dana White has already given Conor a timeline of when he has to return or relinquish his title.