"I'm the champ right now because I think I could beat anyone," Rousey tells SI Now.
“I don't think anyone should be offended by the mindset it takes to be the best in the world,” Rousey said. “He is the champ right now because he believes he can beat anyone. I'm the champ right now because I think I could beat anyone. We might have a different opinion on that, but I definitely understand his.”
McGregor won the interim featherweight title with a second-round knockout victory over Chad Mendes on July 11 and improved to an 18-2 record.
“I certainly would not like to end up in a tie-up with Ms. Rousey,” McGregor said Wednesday. “I remember one time, I'd seen her and I greeted her and I said 'what's up champ?' and we embraced. I swear on my life her back muscles were the solidest (sic) back muscles I'd ever felt in my life.”
“I thought if this lady was to get a hold of me she would throw me on my head in literally one second flat. So I would not like to engage in a clinch fight with Ronda.”
Rousey will put her 11-0 record and bantamweight title on the line Saturday night in a bout against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.
Rousey will guest on SI Now at 1 p.m. EST.
- Christopher Chavez