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Ronda Rousey takes dig at Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather for ‘Money’ personas

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Ronda Rousey media day EL Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Ronda Rousey learned a lot from her loss to Holly Holm last year. One of them, she said, was that money is not everything. And maybe not that much at all for her.

The biggest mainstream star MMA has ever known told ESPN The Magazine in an article that published Thursday that she went into the fight with Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015 not as prepared — and more tired and fatigued — than she should have been.

"I was just trying to make too many people happy," Rousey said. "But when I try and do favors and make everybody else happy, at the end of the day, they walk away happy and I'm the one who has to deal with the depression. All the pay-per-views in the world, all the money in the world, it means f*cking nothing to me because I lost.”

Rousey, 29, will make her highly anticipated comeback against current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. The former champ was depressed after the loss to Holm, famously saying on “Ellen” that she contemplated suicide in the moments following the second-round knockout defeat. Rousey had not lost previously in MMA and made it look almost easy in many cases before that.

There are still obligations Rousey has with media, Hollywood movies, commercials and ad campaigns, but she said she has re-centered herself. The financial incentive is not something that is motivating her. Not by a long shot.

"If money is the motivation, then f*ck you,” Rouse said. "All these Money people. … Money [Floyd] Mayweather, Money [Conor] McGregor. I see they're trying to do an angle or whatever. People buy it. … The worship of money in our society is so deep. But just because that's the easiest way to keep people's attention or entertain them doesn't mean that's the right way.”

Rousey told ESPN that she’s walking around between 140 and 145 pounds during this training camp, about 10 pounds lighter than she was before the Holm bout. “Rowdy” said she had a particularly draining weight cut prior to UFC 193 and was flat-out exhausted after months of fighting, promotion and movie roles.

There was a chance of Rousey fighting on the gigantic UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden — the first big MMA event in New York City — last month, but Rousey said she didn’t want to compromise her preparation yet again.

Conor McGregor ended up fighting Eddie Alvarez in that main event and Rousey thanks McGregor for that.

"Conor gave me the chance to rest, he took the weight off my shoulders, and I'm grateful," Rousey said. … ”I will never put my body at risk for money and views ever again. What makes me happy is winning and being the best in the world and that's it. F*ck all the promotion and energy spent on anything that's not me winning. And anyone who tries to tell me I owe them energy on frivolous sh*t during camp out of 'loyalty' or 'friendship' deserves no loyalty from me and is no friend of mine.”