Ronda Rousey (fourth from left) and Conor McGregor (third from right) stand with other UFC fighters in Las Vegas, on Nov. 17, 2014.
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July 30, 2015 9:07 AM EDT

Becoming the latest man to express his admiration for the fighting prowess of Ronda Rousey, interim men’s featherweight champion Conor McGregor told SI Now on Tuesday that he has no interest in stepping in the ring with the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

“I certainly would not like to end up in a tie-up with Ms. Rousey,” the 27-year-old Irishman said. “I remember one time, I’d seen her and I greeted her and I said ‘what’s up champ?’ and we embraced. I swear on my life her back muscles were the solidest back muscles I’d ever felt in my life.”

McGregor won his title on July 11 by defeating No. 1 contender Chad Mendes, leading many to speculate that he is now the greatest pound-for-pound MMA athlete in the world. When asked whether he or Rousey deserved that title, McGregor dodged, instead focusing on Rousey’s unprecedented success and impact on the women’s side of the sport.

“If this lady was to get a hold of me she would throw me on my head in literally one second flat,” he said.

Later, McGregor slyly added that he would at least stand a chance against Rousey: “But make no mistake about it, I have my ways to win that fight too.”

[SI Now]

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