Conor McGregor recently gave Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, her props for being one of the top draws in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).
An honor she shares with him, of course.
Now, "Notorious" is giving "Rowdy" her due when it comes to her ability to take out the best of them, him included. While the fiery Irishman is confident he can find a way to defeat her should they ever tango, one thing he wouldn't want to do is engage in a clinch battle with the powerful Judoka.
As he recently told SI Now (via ESPN), he'd be tossed on his head in one second flat if Rousey ever got her hands on him, recalling a time when they embraced in a hug. That's where he quickly found out her muscles aren't to be taken lightly.
"I swear on my life her back muscles were the most solidest 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."
Need proof? Check out this violent video from the UFC 190 open workouts.
C'mon! Who wants to train with @RondaRousey ? #UFC190 pic.twitter.com/IZYcQfw7gK— Nancy Gay (@nancygay) July 29, 2015
According to the newly-crowned interim featherweight champion, the rest of the women in MMA should be thankful to Ronda, because if it wasn't for her tenacity and persistence to get WMMA on the map, they'd be going hungry at night.
"Ronda is certainly an absolute animal, and she is a special individual. Two-time ESPY 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."
McGregor is expected to face division champion Jose Aldo early next year to unify the 145-pound titles.
As for Rousey, she is gearing up to defend her 135-pound strap for the sixth consecutive time as she takes on Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190, which goes down this weekend (Sat., July 25, 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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