UFC president Dana White’s statement created a debate among MMA fans regarding who is the UFC’s biggest star. Is it Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor?
Both fighters are set to headline two UFC events where Ronda Rousey is eyeing to regain the women’s bantamweight title from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 while Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 with the goal of becoming the first UFC dual-weight champion.
In the last two years, the comparison of who the UFC’s biggest draw really is has been between McGregor and Rousey. UFC president Dana White claimed that for him, “Rowdy” is still the ultimate UFC megastar.
“By far,” White said in an interview with Hot 97. “By far, the biggest star, ever. Ronda Rousey is such a big star that when you go down to Brazil – I don’t know if you guys have watched any of the fights we do from Brazil — they don’t care who you are. They want the Brazilian to whoop your ass.”
“When Ronda went down there, they cheered for Ronda over the Brazilian. Never seen that before in my life and will probably never see it again. That’s how big Ronda Rousey is.”
However, some fans believe that Conor McGregor should be named as the UFC’s biggest star. Rousey was last seen in the Octagon in November when she suffered her first loss against Holly Holm at UFC 193. Meanwhile, “The Notorious” continues to make noise in different weight divisions and his fights are always one of the biggest events.
Damon Martin of Fox Sports created various comparisons between Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. In his report, McGregor has the advantage in the pay-per-view buys, live gates, and salary while Rousey is only ahead in the social media.
If this will be the basis, there is no doubt that McGregor and not Rousey should be considered as the UFC’s biggest star. However, in the world of mixed martial arts, there are different metrics that should be considered in order to define a fighter’s greatness.
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