While everyone is gearing up for the exciting return of Ronda Rousey at the end of the year, not everyone is a fan of who she’s going up against.
She challenges Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 for the women’s bantamweight championship she dropped last year in a knockout defeat to Holly Holm.
Despite dominating for 12 straight fights, many still believe she shouldn’t have been allowed an immediate shot at the gold.
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Julianna Pena is unhappy that she was allowed to jump the queue, while Cris Cyborg has been left disappointed as the super fight wasn’t able to come to fruition, not right now anyway.
Although there’s a lot more negativity surrounding this story than many would have liked, Conor McGregor has reached out to offer her some words of encouragement.
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While promoting the upcoming Call of Duty video game which he features in on in a phone call with Sports Illustrated, the Irishman said: “I’d tell her to go shut them all up now. Shut them all up. Go and stake your claim again.”
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
McGregor and Rousey probably relate to one another more than any other fighter on the roster.
They have the most eyes on them; they’re two of the biggest draws, and they’re used to the buzz surrounding their fights, and the criticism that comes along with it.
Notorious found himself in a similar situation this year.
After so much talk and hype, he submitted to Nate Diaz but bounced right back to exact revenge in a decision victory, and now prepares to snatch the lightweight championship from Eddie Alvarez on November 12.
Now Rousey has a chance to get revenge, not on Holm, but she has the opportunity to show the women’s bantamweight division that she’s still the woman to beat, and McGregor has wished her well in her conquest.
He added: “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.
“Go and shut these people up now. Go and get what you began back. I’m excited to see how it unfolds.”
We’ll find out whether the one-year break did Rousey any good, when she steps inside the Octagon once more at UFC 207 which takes place on December 30 at the T-Mobile Arena.
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