Ronda Rousey has performed a perfect smack down on Conor McGregor, saying people don't "have to get arrested" to promote a fight.

The former UFC champion was referring to McGregor's infamous bus attack where the Irishman threw a series of items at a bus carrying a group of fighters.

McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, which saw him avoid jail time but perform five days of community service.

Speaking with TMZ Sports, Rousey said there is no need for anyone to break the law to sell a fight.

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"I understand promoting fights and having to sell them — I really do," Rousey said.

"And I understand you've got to do what you've got to do to make sure you're promoting something. But, I don't think people have to get arrested in order to do that.

"I think I've been able to prove that you can make a fight exciting and make people really want to see it without crossing any legal lines.

"I'm just glad both guys are healthy and I'm glad it was a great match. I'm sorry it's been soured by the aftermath and their performances aren't going to get enough credit because of the aftermath and I just hope it doesn't become an ongoing trend. I want people to feel safe bringing their kids to fights."

The fallout of the McGregor-Khabib fight has been in the centre of the news for almost a week since the bout.

Once Khabib had completed his dominant four-round win, the Russian UFC star leapt from the ring and fought with McGregor's corner.

Asked if Khabib was out of line, Rousey said "if you're going to draw the line there, you should have drawn it before that".

"I think that Khabib jumping out of the Octagon was not as bad as throwing objects at a bus, because my friend Rose Namajunas was on that bus, my friend, Michael Chiesa, missed his fight because [he got cut by the glass]," she said.

"I just feel like there has to be equal treatment all the way across the board. I don't think that anyone should get special treatment because they're a bigger draw. I think that's the same when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs, when it comes to felonies, when it comes to hit and runs anything like that.

"I think there's too much preferential treatment given to the high profile fighters and there needs to be equal discipline across the board no matter who you are because people are going to start thinking when they get to a certain level the rules don't apply to them."

Rousey said she was still a huge fan of UFC and friend of McGregor but she was afraid of the road UFC is going down.

She also left the door open for a WWE future for the Irishman and said she would lobby Vince McMahon on his behalf if he asked.