There is no doubting that the UFC has two huge megastars on its books in Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.
The former Women's Bantamweight Champion was the main attraction for several pay-per-views in a row, even headlining UFC 193 event in her fight with Holly Holm, which was only the main event because of Rousey's star power.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor's fight with Nate Diaz broke all sorts of UFC records, and it wasn't because of the American fighter, who had a 19-10 record before the fight against 'The Notorious One'.
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Despite the two fighters hogging most of the headlines when it comes to mixed martial arts, one UFC star thinks he can see straight through all the pantomime of it.
Speaking in a recent interview, former UFC heavyweight fighter Shane Carwin believes McGregor and Rousey are nothing more than 'puppets' on a string.
"Nope, I look at [McGregor and Rousey] and see the puppet strings," Carwin told Get More Sports.
"I want to make sure my team can stand without the strings. It is a great thing to have Zuffa's PR team pushing you. You have to leverage that and capture it," he added.
Carwin, who was forced to retire due to injury troubles in 2013, recently launched his own management company and wants to see his batch of fighters have more power in negotiations.
"Not squeezing Zuffa at every turn, but using their hype and your hype to get as many deals as you can. Retaining the spotlight, extending your time in it and having some control over the narrative and timeline."
Whatever Carwin may say, Rousey is going to at least co-main event a PPV when she eventually makes her comeback from injury that will do well and McGregor could well break all the records in the book when he has his rematch with Nate Diaz.