Joe Rogan is a big fan of UFC BMF champ Jorge Masvidal, revealing to Luke Thomas on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience what makes ‘Gamebred’ such a dangerous fighter.
Masvidal had a reputation as somewhat of a journeyman fighter until he met Darren Till at London’s O2 Arena last year, starching ‘The Gorilla’ with a vicious left hook and follow-up ground-and-pound in the second round of their headlining welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 147.
Masvidal’s vicious knockout of Till was followed up yet with another highlight reel KO — this time against former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren at UFC 239. Masvidal decimated Askren with a flying knee in five seconds of the opening round, setting the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history and completing his transformation from journeyman to UFC superstar.
Masvidal gained further notoriety following his TKO victory over Nate Diaz, which saw the MMA veteran capture the promotion’s BMF title after beating Diaz to a pulp in the UFC 244 main event at Madison Square Garden, New York.
“The Ben Askren fight, that was it. That was the cherry on top, and then of course the merking of Nate Diaz. He beat the f**k out of Nate Diaz. That was a crazy fight,” Rogan said (h/t BJPenn.com).
“[He knocked out Darren Till] with a beautiful step-forward, left hook combination,” Rogan added. “He’s a monster. He’s a monster. He’s hard for anybody to deal with. The fact that he stopped Darren Till when Darren Till was this terrifying striker who had just beat down Donald Cerrone. Darren Till was a scary guy. To see [Masvidal] put him away that way—obviously it was after Tyron [Woodley] had beaten [Till]—it was still stunning. A stunning KO.”
“He’s just a fun guy,” Rogan added. “Everything is fun about him.”
“He’s a fun dude to watch fight, he’s a fun guy to listen to talk,” he added. “I’m a big fan of him. I’m a big fan of him skillfully. I think he’s a really exceptional fighter. He’s really clever.”
Masvidal’s winning streak came to an end when he dropped a unanimous decision to reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a short notice fight at UFC 251 but Rogan would love to see Masvidal take on Usman with a full training camp behind his belt.
“I would have really liked to seen Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman if Jorge had a camp. Cause he did not have a camp for that fight, and still presented some real problems for Kamaru.”
Masvidal is No. 4 in the official welterweight rankings and currently one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster.