Ronda Rousey discusses Khabib Nurmagomedov & Conor McGregor Following UFC 229 Brawls
Ronda Rousey is one of the pioneers of MMA and the UFC. She was the first ever Woman to be a UFC Champion and helped bring women into the wonders of MMA. Her UFC run was seen to be one of the most dominant runs in UFC history until her first and final two losses saw her move to the WWE where she now thrives.
UFC 229 has sparked controversy among fans and fighters, the majority in a bad way. Looking back upon McGregor press conferences where Rousey also attended she seemed to be a fan of McGregor’s antics, laughing after his comments and jokes. The two fighters have always seemed to be friends. Even after Conor’s “There are no friends in this game” quote…
But like all the fighters on the UFC roster Ronda disagreed with how UFC 229 ended and how it was built up and as one of the UFC’s best-selling fighters she understands what is needed to sell a fight. Rousey spoke recently on an interview with TMZ Sports where she was asked about the main event of UFC 229 with Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov and the aftermath of the anticipated fight. Video Below.
Ronda says “I understand promoting fights and having to sell them, I really do. I understand that you’ve gotta do what you gotta do to make sure you’re promoting something. But I don’t think people have to get arrested in order to do that”
This is referring to the Brooklyn bus attack that took place before UFC 223 where McGregor and a large group of his goons smashed a bus window on which fighters got injured and emotionally distressed.
Rousey’s comeback fight against Amanda Nunes sold 1.1 million pay per views which backs up Ronda when she says: “I think I’ve been able to prove that you can make a fight exciting and make people wanna see it without crossing any legal lines.”
Rousey seemed extremely disappointed, also stating how she doesn’t want what happened at UFC 229 to become a regular thing and how she wants ‘kids to be safe when coming to watch fights.’
Fighting, as brutal as the sport is, used to be all about respect and Rousey wants that to stay apparent. For as long as fighting is a sport.