Joe Rogan is not sure if anyone in the lightweight division can deal with the ‘terrifying’ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
There’s no denying that 29-year-old Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most frightening contenders in the UFC.
The proud Dagestani is undefeated after 25 fights and recently thrashed top lightweight contender Edson Barboza at UFC 219. ‘The Eagle’ walked through Barboza’s best strikes and pulverized him on the ground, utilizing his world-class Sambo to completely overwhelm the Brazilian.
Nurmagomedov isn’t the most refined striker, but his grappling, pressure and seemingly unlimited cardio make him a nightmare match-up for anyone in the lightweight division, especially current champion Conor McGregor, who has struggled to maintain his conditioning in the later rounds.
Long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who called Khabib’s most recent fight against Barboza, believes the Russian is on ‘another level’ and called him ‘the most terrifying lightweight contender in the world’.
“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.
“Khabib, after this performance, has set it up to a place where he’s the most terrifying lightweight contender in the world. 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.”
While Nurmagomedov has opted to fight McGregor and Ferguson on the same night, it’s looking like the surging 155-pound contender will finally lock horns with ‘El Cucuy’ to determine the true No. 1 contender.
Although the fight hasn’t been booked, UFC president Dana White has hinted that Khabib vs. Ferguson will be announced in the coming weeks.