The event will feature three UFC championship fights with strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz being the first of the championship fights set for the event. The co-main event will feature the welterweight champion Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson and last on the card, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez vs. featherweight champion Conor McGregor for the lightweight title will headline the event.
Joe Rogan had Joe Schilling and Yves Edwards on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast recently and spoke about Conor McGregor’s opponent in his first fight in the UFC lightweight division, the champion Eddie Alvarez.
“Eddie Alvarez is a f–king savage,” Rogan said. “He really is.
“You watch theRafael dos Anjos stoppage. Holy shit. The combination he hit him with, I mean and the sheer amount of punches he threw, the barrage it took to put him away. I mean, he had some f–king serious endurance to press the pace like that.”
Rogan stated that we have not seen Conor McGregor compete in the UFC lightweight division and that it could be where he performs his best. However, Rogan and the crew also went on to talk about the deep UFC lightweight division and touched on the # 1 UFC ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Everybody in that weight class is so close [in skill],” Edwards said.
Rogan asked, “But, what about Nurmagomedov? Because Khabib rag-dolled everybody that he’s gotten in there with. That’s the one guy you can’t say he’s close with because everyone that guy has gotten a hold of he’s beaten the f–k out of. That guy is special. Nurmagomedov is special.”
Rogan and Edwards went on to praise Nurmagomedov and his abilities but then went over a weakness that has present in the undefeated 23-0 Russian.
“But the other thing about Nurmagomedov is that he gets injured a lot,” Rogan said. “And you gotta wonder, is it because of that insane f–king aggressive style of his that makes it so fun to watch him, is that kind of like red-lining your body too much?”
“You gotta wonder, that style is obviously super effective and very f–king devastating and fun to watch but I wonder if preparing for that style and executing that style is almost ultimately too much on your joints, too much on your body?”
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