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Dana White: Ronda Rousey a much bigger star than Conor McGregor -- and everyone else in UFC

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor has gone on record to call Ronda Rousey one of the biggest stars on the ZUFFA roster, as well as in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).

An honor "Rowdy" shares with himself, according to the "Notorious" one.

UFC President Dana White, however, told UFC Tonight that "Rowdy's" rising star outshines "Mystic Mac" -- as well as everyone else under his employ.

"It's Ronda Rousey, there's no doubt about it. Ronda Rousey, they just announced today that she is the new Dalton. 'Road House' is going to be re-made and she is going to be the lead. She's got books and all of these movies coming out and she continues to get bigger and bigger. And her pay-per-views, everything. There has never been a bigger star than Ronda Rousey."

For what it's worth, Rousey both admires and respects Conor as a colleague, but trying to get her to anoint herself the "bigger star" could be easier said than done.

Looking at the numbers, "Rowdy" has proven to be the queen of pay-per-view (PPV) buys. McGregor, meanwhile, can currently lay claim to the throne as box office king, as his recent headlining act at UFC 189 topped over one million grabs.

Outside of the cage, however, Rousey has trampled the competition, thanks to her numerous projects like this one.

Both combatants will be primed to close out 2015 on a high note, as Rousey has a chance to break the UFC attendance record in her upcoming title defense against Holly Holm, set for UFC 193 on Nov. 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

That would require "Rowdy" and Co. to pack 70,000 fans into Etihad Stadium.

McGregor, meanwhile, can break the gate record -- which he set earlier this year -- when he takes on featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Dec. 12, 2015. And it doesn't hurt that a middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold is the UFC 194 co-main.

Add a handful of other big names like Ronaldo Souza, Yoel Romero, and Urijah Faber to the mix, and UFC 194 (fight card here) could go down as one of the highest grossing PPV events of all time, thus making the "biggest star" debate an ongoing argument.

One thing is for certain, White won't be changing his vote anytime soon.

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