UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has insisted that he isn't "talented," he's just obsessed with self improvement.
Well, UFC commentator Joe Rogan thinks McGregor should consider becoming "obsessed" with jiu jitsu.
McGregor was submitted with a rear-naked choke by Nate Diaz in the second round of their main event bout March 5 at UFC 196.
Rogan is certainly giving McGregor a shot at scoring some redemption, but believes he may be outclassed by Diaz again if the fight hits the mat.
"If it goes to the ground? Oh, that's the wrong guy," Rogan said of Diaz on his 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.'"
A week after the bout McGregor told TMZ that he believed he was carrying the fight up until the moment he was submitted.
"You know, when I look at the fight I was winning the fight," McGregor said. "I won the first round and a half, I feel. I'd love to get that one back."
Rogan believes McGregor has the potential to stop Diaz, but has to appreciate Diaz's added confidence going into a potential second fight.
"He might knock [Diaz] out," Rogan said of McGregor. "Conor can knock out anybody. But he didn't. So now that he didn't and now that Nate knows he didn't, now they're going to go into the second fight and Nate's going to have a full training camp. Good luck."
UFC 200 takes place July 9 from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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