UFC commentator Joe Rogan insists Conor McGregor’s criticism of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s legacy is “crazy talk”.
McGregor has often taken aim at Nurmagomedov’s legacy in the sport, which he claimed was “toast” in a tweet to the Russian’s good friend and renowned videographer Will Harris.
“How is his legacy toast?”
After pulling up McGregor’s tweet to Harris, the veteran commentator added: “Ah… That’s crazy talk”
Nurmagomedov, 34, retired following his submission victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.
The Eagle called time on his career with a perfect 29-0 record and three defences of the lightweight title to his name.
And while McGregor and some others reckon the Russian’s early retirement tainted his body of work, Rogan is a fan of the former champion’s resume.
He said: “You can’t say Khabib’s not great… That’s crazy talk.”
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Nurmagomedov’s first defence of the lightweight title saw him submit McGregor in the fourth round of their UFC 229 grudge match in October 2018.
An autumn return was seemingly on the cards for the Irishman but was nixed as the former two-division champion’s kicking is currently not 100 per cent.
When asked about McGregor’s role in the upcoming Road House remake, manager Tim Simpson said: “Acting wasn’t something I think Conor had at the very front of his mind, right now he’s still a world-class athlete and his focus is being the best fighter in the world.
“But as the injury continues to heal and he continues to prepare for a comeback, the timing worked well.
“It’s a great opportunity to do a big Hollywood blockbuster in meantime and he’s going to kill it.
“He’s still on track for a big return next year, but this fits in perfectly in the meantime.
“The leg is still healing, I think there’s a little bit more to go on that but he’s been training like a madman. Twice a day, every day.
“He’s been training super hard, he’s in amazing shape it’s just the final adjustments to get that leg where it’s supposed to be.”