With longtime pay-per-view (PPV) kings Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, and Jon Jones absent from the UFC, it looks like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor have become intertwined as the present public faces of the world’s largest MMA promotion.
After winning the interim featherweight championship by finishing Chad Mendes at July 11’s UFC 189, McGregor said he was just fine with joining Rousey at the top, but that doesn’t mean that ‘Notorious’ is looking to hook ‘em up with ‘Rowdy’ anytime soon. During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated (quotes via Bleacher Report), McGregor said that he believes the dominant queen would drop him on his head in record time:
“I certainly would not like to end up in a tie-up with Miss Rousey. I remember one time when I’d seen her and I greeted her and I said ‘what’s up champ?’ and we embraced. I swear on my life her back muscles were the most solidest (sic) back muscles I’d ever felt in my life.
I thought if this lady was to get a hold of me she would throw me on my head in literally one second flat. So I would not like to engage in a clinch fight with Ronda. But, make no mistake about it, I have my ways to win that fight, too!”
McGregor went on to state the obvious that Rousey was running the women’s side of the fight game, and without her most female fighters would be unable to put food on the table:
“As far as the women’s game she has created the women’s game. Without her all these women would still be going without food at night. So she is running her side of the game.”
That sort of goes without saying, but as far as the men’s side of the game, McGregor believes he’s head and shoulders above the rest. He cited his many records, including the biggest PPV for the ‘new era,’ as the reasons why he’s running the show:
“On the man’s side of the game there’s only one, and that is me,” said McGregor, turning his focus away from Rousey. “I hold every number in the game: the highest gate, the highest pay-per-view of the new era, the highest attended weigh-ins, the highest viewing figures on FOX, the highest subscriptions on Fight Pass.”
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to argue with McGregor’s meteoric rises to record levels of popularity in the current UFC landscape. But as we saw at UFC 189, all that could dissipate rather quickly if he runs into a wrestler who implements a solid gameplan and doesn’t tire out. Thankfully, he won’t be meeting Rousey in the octagon.
Check out his full interview towards the end of the segment below:
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