A reporter that the UFC 205 press conference grilled UFC President Dana White on who he thinks is the bigger celebrity, Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey.
At the press conference Dana White laughed it off, telling the reporter to ‘sit down’. Later, on a radio interview with NYC’s Hot 97, Dana White was asked again about who he thinks is the bigger celebrity and this time he actually spoke at length on the topic, and in the process he took some major shots at Conor McGregor‘s level of fame:
“By far. Not even close. By far the biggest star. Ronda Rousey is such a big star. When you go down to Brazil, they don’t care who you are. They want the Brazilian to whup your ass. When Ronda went down there, they cheered for Ronda over the Brazilian. Never seen that before in my life, and will probably never see it again. That’s how big Ronda Rousey is.”
I think it’s safe to assume that this is something which certainly won’t sit well with a man (Conor) who fancies himself as being one of the biggest/most important celebrity athletes in the world. Conor’s all about flash and fame, as well as beating some major ass, but Dana White just went on the public record and said that it’s not even close between Conor and Ronda.
Ronda Rousey has certainly transcended her sport, people who have never seen a single UFC fight even know who she is. I do think that we’ve seen the apex of her fame, though, the release of the Entourage film. Her celebrity status has been slipping ever since and Conor McGregor’s has been on the rise for years. So I don’t think it’s necessarily a fair assessment to say it’s ‘not even close’ when the gap between Conor and Ronda is closing by the day, but Dana White certainly knows his stars a hell of a lot better than I do, and I’ll take his word on this one.
Conor’s been making headlines a lot in recent weeks. Just yesterday we brought you bros news that Conor was photographed in New York smoking what appears to be the devil’s lettuce after announcing he ‘runs this town’, that town being NYC where he’s probably the 5,000th wealthiest person in the city, a city Conor most certainly DOES NOT ‘run’. Maybe it’s comments like that which will forever keep Conor from reaching Ronda Rousey’s level of fame, maybe it’s something else entirely.
As noted on UPROXX, this entire ‘Ronda vs. Conor’ argument hinges on Ronda once being the biggest celebrity in the sport, a worldwide phenom. But things have changed for her, and Conor’s stock is always on the rise. It’ll be interesting to see how Dana White feels about his comments in 2-3 years from now.