For Joe Rogan, Conor McGregor’s 13-second KO win over Jose Aldo makes him the all-time great at 145 pounds.
On Saturday night, Jose Aldo suffered a brutal third round stoppage defeat in front of his countrymen, courtesy of newly crowned undisputed featherweight champion Max Holloway. Just like that, the Aldo was once again a former titleholder now dealing with the third loss of his career.
Last week, long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan claimed that Aldo’s legacy may have been “tarnished” by the 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor. During the weekend’s Fight Companion podcast, Rogan supported this statement by elevating McGregor’s status as a featherweight fighter.
“I’ve got say Conor [McGregor] is the greatest 145-pounder of all time cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest,” Rogan said (transcript via FOX Sports). “But in terms of who’s got more victories of course it’s Aldo. The problem is — we’re not doing MMA math here — you’re having two guys actually fight each other.”
“So if you said who is the greatest of all time? Well it would have to be Aldo because he beat all these guys — no, no no, because the two of them fought and Conor merked him. So you’ve to give it to him. Otherwise there’s no other metric. There’s no other metric other than a knockout.”
Rogan recognizes the counter-argument that McGregor did fail to defend his featherweight title. But ultimately, it all boils down to beating the man to be the man.
“People will fight against it. ‘No because Aldo was the champion for so many years’. You’re 100-percent right,” Rogan said. “His body of work is much more impressive and there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145 [pounds], KO’d Aldo and was like ya’ll be cool. I’m out of here.”
“He’s the best ever,” Rogan said of McGregor. “You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever.”