Ronda Rousey supports Conor McGregor after UFC 264, ‘amazed’ by post-fight interview

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Conor McGregor has received a lot of heat for his post-fight interview following his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

Ronda Rousey wasn’t one of the people to pile on.

After losing to Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) in their trilogy bout as the result of a broken leg that stopped the fight at the end of the first round, McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) got on the microphone during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan and unleashed a vicious verbal tirade.

McGregor said “it’s not over” with Poirier after losing the rubber match, then had some personal words for Poirier’s wife, Jolie. He received much backlash for how he carried himself, and UFC president Dana White even said his comments were out of bounds.

Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion who’s rise to stardom ran largely parallel to McGregor, offered a different take on the controversial moment (via Twitter):

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I’m amazed that as soon as you hit the ground you were already promoting the next fight
@TheNotoriousMMA – I def wouldn’t have had the mind to do that. The other fighters,
@ufc and media are lucky to have you.

McGregor suffered a broken tibia in the final seconds of the opening round of the UFC 264 main event, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He’ll undergo surgery, and a timeline for his possible return is unknown.

Rousey, meanwhile, hasn’t competed in MMA since her loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in December 2016. After leaving the promotion, she’s pursued a career in professional wrestling with WWE. More recently, Rousey announced she’s pregnant with the first child between her and husband Travis Browne, who is a former UFC heavyweight.

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