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Conor McGregor defends Joe Rogan, tells Stephen A. Smith to apologize

Conor McGregor agrees with Joe Rogan’s criticism of Stephen A. Smith for saying Donald Cerrone ‘quit’ at UFC 246.

UFC superstar Conor McGregor has Joe Rogan’s back. Stephen A. Smith clapped back at Rogan after the longtime UFC commentator and UFC veteran Josh Thomson went in on him on an episode of Rogan’s podcast. The duo criticized Smith’s horrific padwork, with Rogan proclaiming that “This guy should not be allowed to talk about fighting.”

Rogan then said this about Smith in regards to his comments:

“You called a guy a quitter, first of all, had a broken orbital bone. You’re saying he was a quitter? He got his face smashed. He got cracked by one of the biggest punchers in the sport. He has the most wins in the sport, he has the most wins by finish, he has the most bonuses. I mean, come on. He has the most fights. Come on. You’re calling that guy a quitter? He got cracked. That’s what happens.”

Smith took to Twitter to let Rogan know that he was ‘wrong’ and that he stands by his statements. Smith didn’t believe he saw enough out of McGregor to believe that would ‘cut it’ in a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, or in a matchup with Jorge Masvidal...and that was because of Cerrone.

“Conor McGregor did not get the opportunity to show us enough for us to believe Nurmagomedov or Masvidal, that’s something that could potentially happen to them. I didn’t see it, because Cowboy Cerrone, in his first PPV match folded. I respect him, but he folded like a cheap tent. Period. Bad night for him, that’s all. I stand by that.”

Conor McGregor responded to Smith, agreeing that he didn’t show enough, but also backing up Rogan for criticizing Smith’s comment that Cerrone ‘quit’ in the UFC 246 main event. McGregor proclaimed that ‘Those who make the walk deserve full respect!’ The iconic fighter ended his message with a simple, yet meaningful ‘Apologise.’

The ESPN analyst responded to Conor, confessing his respect for both UFC 246 headliners. He also mentioned that what he said was “That’s the way it looked.” Smith wished Cerrone nothing but the best, but also said that he doesn’t believe he was ‘unfair.’