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Conor McGregor to Ronda Rousey: 'Go shut them all up at UFC 207'

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

If there's anyone that knows what Ronda Rousey felt after suffering a brutal defeat after riding high inside the Octagon for so long, it's current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

After Rousey suffered her first-ever defeat inside the eight-walled cage -- and in her career -- to Holly Holm at UFC 193 via knockout, Conor suffered his first loss with the promotion to Nate Diaz a few months later via submission.

With Conor and Ronda being the two biggest stars in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), it's only natural that their respective losses were that much greater.

Conor, though, managed to get some revenge and some of his shine back after he bested Diaz in the rematch earlier this year at UFC 202 (recap). And as Rousey gears up to make her much-anticipated return to action at UFC 207 on Dec. 30, 2016 against champion Amanda Nunes, Conor has some advice for "Rowdy."

"I'd tell her to go shut them all up now. Shut them all up. Go and stake your claim again," Conor told Sports Illustrated.

"I wish Ronda nothing but the best, it's good to see her back. Some people take defeat and losses a certain way. You see how some fighters take losses. I'm happy she is ready to go again and I wish her well," he added while promoting the latest edition of the "Call of Duty" franchise.

"Go and shut these people up now. Go and get what you began back. I'm excited to see how it unfolds."

But, not everyone is excited by Ronda's return, as fellow 135-pounder Julianna Pena threatened to leave the promotion after she was once again passed over for a shot at the strap in favor of Rousey. But, it was the easy choice to make, as UFC president Dana White has long stated that Rousey would get an immediate championship fight once she was ready to return.

So, much like both the featherweight and lightweight division do with McGregor, the women's 135-pound division now has to revolve around Ronda's moves.

UFC 207 will go down from inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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