Joe Rogan sees benefit to Tony Ferguson’s rigorous training with David Goggins before UFC 296

Joe Rogan sees how David Goggins could help Tony Ferguson ahead of UFC 296.

Ferguson (25-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) has been training with Goggins, a highly touted former Navy SEAL, for his upcoming fight vs. Paddy Pimblett (20-3 MMA, 4-0 UFC) on Dec. 16 in Las Vegas. Videos emerged of Ferguson undergoing intense cardio sessions in which he completed Goggins’ notorious “Hell Week.”

Ferguson, who’s on a six-fight losing skid, has received criticism from the likes of Daniel Cormier and Pimblett for training with Goggins. They don’t see cardio as Ferguson’s issue and believe he should be focused on fighting fundamentals.

Rogan, however, sees it differently and said Goggins pushing Ferguson to the limit could be beneficial.

“I’m very interested to see Tony after he’s been training with David Goggins,” Rogan said in a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “There’s a lot of very mixed reviews about whether or not that would be a good thing or a bad thing for him. Clearly when the two of them are training together, David is not struggling at all, and Tony is struggling.

“There is definitely some ground to gain when it comes to endurance. Dave isn’t even f*cking tired. They’re going side by side with each other, and he’s like, ‘Who’s gonna carry the boats?’ He’s not even f*cking tired because he can go for days. There’s without a doubt some benefit in that.”

Rogan also thinks the criticism stems from people hating on Goggins and his work.

“Weak men hate him,” Rogan said. “Weak men and jealous men and people who don’t know him. He gets misunderstood unfortunately by some people that I like. They don’t look into it hard enough.”

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