In the MMA world, nobody is a bigger superstar than reigning UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey. Nobody. However, if you were to ask Conor McGregor (pictured), he is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the “Rowdy” one.
“I believe, in the male spectrum, that I’m dominating the game – 100 hundred percent,” McGregor recently said in a TUF 22 promo. “However, in the female aspect, Ronda is a two-time ESPY winner now. She’s a dominant champion. It’s very hard for her because she is so dominant.
“There’s a lot of questions about me. I am thankful for all the questions that are being asked about me because that generates interest, which in turn generates revenue. Ronda’s just so dominant. She’s slaughtering these women ruthlessly.
“I suppose maybe that’s why you feel that way, but really, I feel both of us are equal at the top of the game. She is a special athlete and I’m happy to be up there with Ronda at the top of the game.”
While some might think McGregor is out of his mind – not just for saying this, but also for his latest ridiculous tattoo – it’s not as though McGregor doesn’t have the numbers to back up his claim.
Unconfirmed reports have McGregor pulling in 825,000 pay-per-view buys at UFC 189 when he captured the vacant interim featherweight title by beating Chad Mendes. If that number proves true, it’s one of the biggest the UFC has garnered in quite some time.
Rousey topped that by reportedly nabbing over 900,000 earlier this month at UFC 190 when she blasted Bethe Correia in merely 34 seconds. If that numbers is correct, then it’s the largest show the UFC has hosted in the last three years.
The UFC is a privately-owned company, so they never release PPV numbers like in boxing.
Sure, McGregor’s name is attached to UFC 189’s success, but who knows how many of those buys came early when the UFC was heavily hyping his scrap against reigning featherweight champ Jose Aldo. Aldo pulled out at 11th hour with a broken/bruised rib and McGregor still reaped the benefits of those buys when Mendes was announced as his replacement.
Regardless, McGregor is a massive MMA draw. As big as Rousey, though?
Please click the media player below to hear McGregor explain his logic: