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Morning Report: 'Equal' to Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor explains why he's had an easier time getting to the top

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Your MMA Mount Rushmore might have a few GOATs, but right now it's just a two-headed Ronda McGregor monster.

That, according to interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

Women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousy has ESPY's, Hollywood and breakfast sandwiches, but McGregor believes he's on level footing with "Rowdy."

"I feel both of us are equal at the top of the game," said McGregor. "She is a special athlete and I'm happy to be up there with Ronda at the top of the game."

McGregor admits Rousey's had a tougher road to stardom than he has, but maybe not for the reasons you'd expect. McGregor believes it's the flaws in his game that have helped him become such a draw.

"I believe, in the male spectrum, that I'm dominating the game. 100 precent. However, in the female aspect, Ronda is a two-time ESPY winner now. She's a dominant champion. It's very hard for her because she is so dominant.

"There's a lot of questions about me. I am thankful for all the questions being asked about me because that generates interest which in turn generates revenue. Ronda's just so dominant. She's slaughtering these women ruthlessly."

Rousey defends her title to Holly Holm Nov. 15 at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.

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MEDIA STEW

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Countdown to UFC 191: Demetrious Johnson vs John Dodson 2

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Carlos Condit sounds crushed not be fighting Robbie Lawler at UFC 193.

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Firas Zahabi teaching the flying arm bar.

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Rousey's fast food breakfast looks kinda gross.

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"WHAT TO DO IN VEGAS for a FIGHT FAN."

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Long watches.

A second snapchat Q&A with Joe Lauzon

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TWEETS

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FYI.

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ADCC.

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Good luck.

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Wrasslin'.

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Ideas?

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Get well soon.

Dear Melvin Guillard's hand, You sure picked an awful time to break. #bellator

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VMA shame.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Aug. 28-30 2015)

cancelled Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 193

Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm moved from UFC 195 to UFC 193

Rafael Carvalho vs. Brandon Halsey at Bellator 144

Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque at UFC on FOX 17

Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller at UFC on FOX 17

Kiichi Kunimoto out, Li Jingliang vs. Nakamura Keita at UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson

Muhammed Lawal vs. Linton Vassell at Bellator 142

Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton at Bellator 142

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via jaywolf1.

China forces ONE FC to postpone Sept.1 Shanghai event to Sept.17

Well this is going to be a short fanpost just updating you on this event.

China has forced ONE Championship to postpone their Sept.1 Shanghai event to Sept.17 due to Sept 3rd "Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of World Anti-Fascist War"

That is the same thing that forced M-1 to postpone & move their M-1 Challenge 61 card from China to Russia.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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