Conor McGregor: Ronda Rousey would throw me on my head in one second
Conor McGregor may be the interim UFC featherweight champion, but even he finds himself blown away by the strength, skill and fighting prowess of Ronda Rousey.
McGregor, who claimed the title courtesy of a second-round TKO victory over Chad Mendes a few weeks ago, said he “would not like to engage in a clinch fight with Ronda,” adding he knew as much after he shared a hug with the reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
“I swear on my life her back muscles were the most solidest back muscles I’d ever felt in my life,” McGregor said during an interview with SI Now, via ESPN.com. “I thought if this lady was to get a hold of me, she would throw me on my head in literally one second flat.”
The 27-year-old Irish mixed martial artist insists, though, that if and when it came down to it — a near-certain unlikelihood, obviously — he ultimately would be able to hold his own against Rousey.
“But, make no mistake about it, I have my ways to win that fight, too,” he said.
McGregor admits that Rousey, who will defend her title in a bout against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on Saturday, is not only the best women’s fighter in mixed martial arts, she may be the sport’s biggest star overall … well, except for him.
“Ronda is certainly an absolute animal, and she is a special individual,” he said. “Two-time ESPYS winner, undefeated champion, dominant, finishes all opponents, movie star. I mean Ronda is unbelievable.
“She has created the women’s game. Without her, all these women still would be going without food at night.
“But make no mistake about it: On the man’s side of the game, there’s only one, and that’s me. I hold every number in the game.”
These two seem like two peas out of the same pod. Both are supremely confident, extremely gifted and aren’t afraid of telling everyone about it. The UFC is in good hands with these two superstars leading the charge.
(image via Conor McGregr/Twitter)