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Joe Rogan has explained why he interviewed Conor McGregor inside the Octagon after the Irishman broke his leg in the UFC 264 main event to Dustin Poirier.
McGregor lost the trilogy series at the T-Mobile Arena after breaking his leg in horrific fashion at the very end of the first round, with referee Herb Dean immediately calling off the bout.
In agony, 'The Notorious' was sat on the canvas and against the cage after suffering a gruesome injury that he has since had surgery on.
But with his adrenaline still strong, McGregor gave a memorable post-match interview with Rogan, where he claimed to have been "boxing the bleeding head off" Poirier and "kicking the bleeding leg off" his opponent.
Rogan received a whole lot of criticism for sitting down and getting McGregor's thoughts, with his coach John Kavanagh "pretty miffed" and blasting the podcaster.
But according to Rogan, the interview was actually McGregor's idea and he wanted to vent on the microphone.
"He goes 'come over here lad, let's have a podcast'. He said, 'come on Joe let's have a f*cking podcast'. He like asked me to sit down next to him. I was like, 'how am I going to do this. I feel like I should just get something out of him.'
"Even if you recognize the fact that he is emotionally charged up, this is just him expressing himself while he was emotionally charged up."
McGregor's interview, which came after Poirier said his piece, received praise from UFC legend Ronda Rousey.
I'm amazed that as soon as you hit the ground you were already promoting the next fight @TheNotoriousMMA - I def wouldn't have had the mind to do that. The other fighters, @ufc and media are lucky to have you.- Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) July 11, 2021
The 34-year-old was a fan of the way in which McGregor was able to immediately promote a fourth fight with Poirier despite being in pain.
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