Earlier this week we found out that Ronda Rousey would officially make her return to the octagon at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. It'll be her first fight for the UFC since she got the crap
kicked punched out of her by Holly Holm last November:
Now one would be forgiven for thinking that mixed martial arts revolves entirely around Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, since they eat up approximately 90 percent of the coverage of the sport. And with that insane amount of hype comes an insane amount of expectations. While their stories aren't exactly the same, McGregor did go through a similarly disappointing experience as Rousey when he submitted to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 back in March. He later came back five-and-a-half months later to beat Diaz by decision after the rematch he (somehow) got.
During a promotional phone call for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, McGregor gave advice to his female counterpart about getting back on the winning track, "I'd tell her to go shut them all up now," McGregor said to Sports Illustrated "Shut them all up. Go and stake your claim again."
While it's somewhat unclear who "they" is, exactly, (Media? Other fighters? Fans?) McGregor further expanded upon that answer by saying:
"I wish Ronda nothing but the best, it's good to see her back. Some people take defeat and losses a certain way. You see how some fighters take losses. I'm happy she is ready to go again and I wish her well. Go and shut these people up now. Go and get what you began back. I'm excited to see how it unfolds."
In addition to Rousey's kind of upcoming match on the penultimate day of 2016, McGregor will also try to win the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12.