Ronda Rousey delivers verdict on Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 229 brawl
Rousey, who is now a star of the WWE, is widely recognised as the best female MMA star of all time.
She was the first female UFC fighter and champion, and was dominant throughout her title reign.
Rousey’s MMA career ended with consecutive defeats to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.
After last week’s chaos, Rousey admitted that she believes something should have been done beforehand to avoid incidents like that happening.
“I understand promoting fights and having to sell them,” she said.
“I really do. I get it. But I don’t think people have to get arrested in order to do that. I think I’ve been able to prove that you can make a fight exciting and make people really wanna see it without crossing any legal lines.
“But I’m glad it was a great match. I’m sorry it’s kind of soured by the aftermath.
“Their performances aren’t going to get enough credit because of what happened and I really hope it doesn’t become an ongoing trend.”
“I want people to feel safe bringing their kids to fights.
Rousey admitted she feared for the impact the incident could happen on the sport.
She then explained that she felt McGregor’s attack on the fighters bus at UFC 223 was worse than last week’s brawl.
In the incident, Women Strawweight champion ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas was shaken up, and was nearly forced to pull out of her fight.
“I think that Khabib jumping out of the octagon was not as bad as throwing objects at a bus, because my friend Rose Namajunas was on that bus,” Rousey said.
“So I just feel like there has to be equal treatment all the way across the board. I don’t think that anyone should get special treatment because they’re a bigger draw.”
Rousey then appeared to throw a dig at Jon Jones, after it was announced he would return at UFC 232 at the end of the year.
Back in 2015, Jones was involved in a hit and run incident with a pregnant woman, and was suspended by the UFC.
He was then suspended again, twice, after failing anti-doping tests.
“I think that’s the same when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs, when it comes to felonies, when it comes to hit and runs or anything like that,” Rousey explained.
“I think there’s too much preferential treatment given to high-profile fighters.
“I think there needs to be equal discipline across the board because people are going to start think that once they get to a certain level then the rules don’t apply for them.”