Ronda Rousey has publicly asserted her opinions on Conor McGregor—who recently acquired a boxing license in the state of California—challenging Floyd Mayweather to a fight.
She told ESPN that McGregor should face Mayweather for the achievement rather than the monetary gain.
The 29-year-old fighter has been inactive in the Ultimate Fighting Championship since her knock-out loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. She was intended to make her return last month at UFC 205, but McGregor took her place.
“Conor gave me the chance to rest, he took the weight off my shoulders, and I am grateful,” Rousey told ESPN.
Both UFC and boxing fans are intrigued by the idea of a fight between Mayweather and McGregor, creating the potential for a lucrative bout.
Rousey has no admiration for a matchup fueled by the desire for profit rather than glory.
“If money is the motivation then f*** that,” Rousey said. “All these ‘Money’ people… Money Mayweather, Money McGregor.”
“I see that they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it…The worship of money is our society is so deep.”
Rousey—who is set to appear at UFC 207 on December 30th—has said that she is no longer driven by money. She said in an interview with ESPN that “just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.”
“I will never put my body at risk for money and views ever again… What makes me happy is winning and being the best in the world and that’s it.”
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