UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has a tough job, so Joe Rogan thought he’d lend a hand.
Newly minted featherweight champion Conor McGregor has stated an interest in moving up to 155 pounds, but he also has options where he is. McGregor believes he could hold and defend each title simultaneously, but UFC brass aren’t so keen on the idea.
At featherweight, Frankie Edgar and former champ Jose Aldo hope McGregor sticks around. At 155 pounds, lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos and Nate Diaz would both give the Irishman a warm welcome.
Speaking with Brendan Schaub on his podcast Monday evening Rogan laid out his own match ups for the elite of the UFC’s featherweight and lightweight divisions.
“Do you really believe that Joe Silva told Nate Diaz that Conor McGregor “was next?” Rogan wondered. “Or is Nate Diaz just being a smart guy? I think Nate’s being smart. I think he’s talking s**t. I feel like there’s only one fight to make at featherweight. It’s 100 percent Frankie Edgar. Couldn’t be more emphatic about that, but as a fan I don’t mind this Nate Diaz fight [for McGregor].
“Here’s the question: Can they tell Conor who to fight now? Or is Conor so meteoric, is he so out of control, off the charts … What if Conor says, ‘I want to be a promoter.’ Co-promote in Croke Park. He almost [has that power].”
If McGregor can manage to beat Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, Rogan believes there’s nothing left for him to prove at 145 pounds.
“If I’m king of the world? I make the Frankie Edgar fight,” said Rogan. “I at least make an attempt to. I don’t know how much influence [UFC] has over him, but I would say, ‘Honestly, your future is probably at 155 pounds. You struggle ….View full article
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