Joe Rogan: ‘F—king bananas’ Conor McGregor vs. Mike Perry fight would get BKFC ‘a million PPV buys’

Joe Rogan is all in on the idea of a bareknuckle boxing bout between Conor McGregor and Mike Perry.

By: Kristen King | 3 months ago
Joe Rogan: ‘F—king bananas’ Conor McGregor vs. Mike Perry fight would get BKFC ‘a million PPV buys’
Mike Perry during the BKFC 41 pre-fight press conference | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

If Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) wants to shatter its own pay-per-view record, then it should go all in on trying to secure Conor McGregor vs. Mike Perry, says Joe Rogan. Earlier this year, BKFC president Dave Feldman said the promotion ‘did six-figures in pay-per-views’ for BKFC 41, an event that featured a tooth-shattering win for Perry against fellow UFC vet Luke Rockhold and an all-action affair with Eddie Alvarez vs. Chad Mendes

However, the most noteworthy moment that happened at BKFC 41 was when Perry invited McGregor into the ring for an impromptu face-off. Feldman said it was ‘phenomenal’ to have the ‘Notorious’ one in the BKFC ring to challenge one of his fighters, hoping to lure McGregor into bare-knuckle boxing. 

Mike Perry discusses respectful Conor McGregor callout

During a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Perry reflected on his face-off with McGregor. 

“He was moving all over the place and I stood my ground,” said Perry. “I stood so still and I couldn’t be wavered or moved. He was moving all over the place. I mean, that says that he was free in that moment to do so, obviously. But it was me respectfully calling him out, which shows the professional in martial arts that I have been for so many years. 

“How do you call a man out in a sport that he has a family and you guys want to hurt each other and they can honor it in a fair way and promote it to be entertaining?,” continued Perry. “I mean, everything he does people watch that s—t. So, it was great to have him there. It really boosted the moment for me.”

A few days after his face-off with ‘Platinum’, McGregor hinted at venturing into bare-knuckle boxing, “if God guides” him to do so for the next phase of his professional career. 

Joe Rogan hypes up McGregor vs. Perry in BKFC

As Perry and Joe Rogan continued to discuss the Irishman, the UFC commentator hyped up a potential fight between Perry and McGregor happening in BKFC. In his eyes, that would completely shatter the previous PPV record of the promotion.

“If [Conor McGregor] decided to do that—if somehow or another the [UFC] gave him the green light to do that, I can’t imagine how that could ever happen,” said Rogan. “But if it did, if that happened in a bare-knuckle fight, that would be f—king bananas. That would be bananas. 

“He could do everything, but if somehow or another he agreed to fight bare-knuckle, I mean, Jesus Christ, you know how big that would be?,” continued Rogan. “My Lord. Mike, you versus him? Oh my God. That would be wild. If they did that in bare-knuckle, it would get a million pay-per-view buys, at least. Probably more.”

McGregor leaving the UFC for BKFC is very unlikely, but the former two-division champion says his current promotion could agree to a one-off. When discussing his face-off with Perry in an interview with Ariel Helwani, the 34-year-old said he was ‘sure’ the UFC would give him the green light. 

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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