Conor McGregor believes “personal issues” may have affected Ronda Rousey in the lead-up to her shock loss to Holly Holm in Melbourne at UFC 193.
McGregor, who is one of the biggest personalities in the business and has his fair share of media commitments, says outside influences may have caused Rousey to lose focus on training.
Speaking on a media call to promote his upcoming fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 194, McGregor said: “Ronda does even more (media) than me.
“I feel there were other issues, there were personal issues and there was a lot on Ronda’s plate.”
He later added: “Maybe Ronda might have got a little bit too much into the media and with the personal stuff maybe didn’t focus as much on training.”
On top of her regular media obligations – which are substantial – Rousey’s Hollywood commitments and relationship with controversial UFC heavyweight Travis Browne became a hot topic of discussion in the lead-up to UFC 193.
Rousey’s relationship with Browne was heavily scrutinised following allegations of domestic violence levelled at him by his ex-wife earlier this year.
Considering her vocal condemnation of renowned domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather, Rousey's choice of partner was widely questioned in some circles.
There was more turmoil during fight week when the media picked up on a story that she beat up a former boyfriend who was taking naked photos of her without her knowledge.
Rousey refused to answer questions on either topic in the days leading up to UFC 193 and quickly shut down one reporter who raised the issue of her relationship with Browne.
In the UFC world, McGregor's hype is second only to Rousey's, but he's adamant the attention won’t hamper his preparation for Aldo next week.
“For me I just handle my own issues, it’s part of the game,” the interim featherweight champion said.
“Tonight I’m gonna head up and do the Jimmy Kimmel Show, then after that I’m gonna head back to my gym and do some sparring.
“It’s business as usual, this is the life I’ve created.
“There’s no one better at this.”