The other day on his "Fight Companion" podcast, Joe Rogan had this to say about Conor McGregor's UFC interim featherweight championship belt:
"Belts are bulls***. Who cares." "It's the best fighters vs. the best fighters. We all know who the best fighters are, right? Have the best fighters fight the best guys. when you beat the best guy, you're the best fighter."
"Let's be honest. McGregor has an illegitimate belt. It's a made up belt. We call it the ‘interim' belt but Aldo defended his title a year ago. Stripping a guy because he doesn't— because he can't get through a camp without getting injured is a part of MMA. It's always been a part of MMA. But, because of the marketing, because of the hype behind it, because of the HUGE event, the enormity, the economics of the event, they decide to make [McGregor vs. Mendes] an interim fight. He's got a title. Aldo's got a title. They both have titles. So they're fighting for the undisputed title."
Well, McGregor was on Fox Sports the other day and he responded to Rogan's comments by saying:
"Really, what is a belt? What is Jose's belt? He was handed the belt when they bought the WEC. He was gifted his belt. He didn't win it from nobody," McGregor retorted. "I mean the belt doesn't mean jack shit. It's the numbers that really mean business. That's what I hold, every number in the damn game."
"As far as belts and stuff, I don't really care about the belt as well. Whatever Joe wants to say, it's fine. If he wants to say it's an illegitimate belt, that's his business." "But December 12, I will unify the belts, move up to lightweight, and win that belt as well."