UFC News: Veteran Analyst Joe Rogan Names 'Big Money Fight' For 2017, And It Involves a Diaz Brother

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 01/06/17 07:28PM EST

Veteran UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has declared what he thinks would be the "big money" fight for 2017.

The clamor for fights that essentially get fighters to earn massive paydays has been prominent since the rise of Conor McGregor into mainstream superstardom. Once he began asking for the "money fights", other fighters on the UFC roster have also demanded bigger paydays, and have begun making noise about being granted such a privilege.

Rogan has been around the professional mixed martial arts game since 1997, when he first appeared as a backstage interviewer at UFC 12. Rightfully, he has seen the sport evolve from its days as a mere spectacle, to today as a full-fledged sport. In a recent episode of his podcast entitled the Joe Rogan Experience (via BloodyElbow.com), the former Fear Factor host named what he thinks would be the ultimate "money match-up" of the year.

"I think they missed the boat if they wanted to make the fu*king big money. It's Nick Diaz vs. Conor McGregor."

Both men have a history with each other, when "The Notorious" fought Nick's younger brother Nate twice in 2016. The two men hold one victory apiece over each other, and pundits and fans alike believe that a third fight between the two will be taking place as well.

The elder Diaz brother, meanwhile, is coming off an 18-month suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission after he had tested positive for marijuana metabolites in his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January 2015. He has yet to get a next fight date and opponent.

McGregor, meanwhile, is fresh off a monumental win against Eddie Alvarez last November 12, where he bagged the UFC lightweight title in the process. According to UFC president Dana White, he declared that he intends to take a ten-month layoff, to give way to the birth of his first child with long-time girlfriend Dee Devlin. 

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