Rousey Blasts “Money Mayweather, McGregor”

Ronda Rousey is weeks away from her comeback, but her media presence has been quieter now than before any other fight. In her new interview in ESPN The Magazine, Rousey says her focus is not on promoting her fights anymore. She’s not motivated by money, she says, and she takes a few digs at fighters who are.

Rousey (12-1) was worn down from the endless hours of media responsibilities ahead of her UFC 193 fight with Holly Holm. After that fight ended in devastating fashion, with Holm knocking Rousey out and taking her title, she was forced to reassess her motivations.

"I was just trying to make too many people happy," Rousey said. "But when I try and do favors and make everybody else happy, at the end of the day, they walk away happy and I’m the one who has to deal with the depression. All the pay-per-views in the world, all the money in the world, it means f*cking nothing to me because I lost.”

She makes one thing clear: it’s not the money that motivates her. Whether she is pursuing fights in the Octagon or Hollywood roles, she’s not doing it for the financial incentive, and has some harsh words for fighters who do seem to pursue only wealth.

"If money is the motivation, then f*ck you,” she said. "All these Money people. … Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they’re trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it. … The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that’s the easiest way to keep people’s attention or entertain them doesn’t mean that’s the right way.”

Rousey’s mention of McGregor is a bit surprising, as she and the sport’s other top star have a seemingly amicable relationship. Later in the same interview Rousey even thanked McGregor for taking over the game while she was on her hiatus. With him assuming the role of the face of the UFC, Rousey no longer felt the weight of the promotion on her shoulders.

"Conor gave me the chance to rest, he took the weight off my shoulders, and I’m grateful."

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