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Featherweight champion and lightweight title contender Conor McGregor is vocal about his opponents and other fighters in and out of his division, but now he's offering former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey some words of advice.

“I’d tell her to go shut them all up now,” said McGregor to Sports Illustrated. “Shut them all up. Go and stake your claim again. 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."

Rousey hasn't been seen inside the Octagon since her shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, almost one year ago. Prior to that, she had gone undefeated and was considered one of the best in the world. After the loss, Rousey admitted to contemplating suicide, and went into hiding for many months, prompting fans to question whether she would ever return.

"I’m happy [Ronda] is ready to go again and I wish her well," McGregor added.

Those doubts were squashed last week when UFC President Dana White announced she would face current bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 for the immediate title shot she was promised upon her return.

“Go and shut these people up now," McGregor said. "Go and get what you began back. I’m excited to see how it unfolds.”

McGregor will face Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205. If he wins, he will become the UFC's first ever dual-division champion.


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