Ronda Rousey Demands Bethe Correia Fight
For Ronda Rousey to text UFC President Dana White immediately after UFC 177 and demand a fight, she must be very upset with somebody.
Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, calls herself and her training partners, Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir the “Four Horsemen” in honor of the WWE 1980’s group of professional wrestler Ric Flair.
But in the last four months, Brazilian Bethe Correia has defeated two of the four horsemen in succession: First, she defeated Jessamyn Duke by decision at UFC 172 in April, then she knocked out Shayna Baszler last Saturday at UFC 177. With two horsemen heads under her belt, Correia issued a challenge during her post fight interview:
“I have a message for Ronda Rousey,”she said through an interpreter.”I want her belt and I’m coming to take it. That belt is going to be mine.”
And just like that, Ronda Rousey snapped.
The champ’s demand
Immediately after the Correia-Baszler fight, UFC President Dana White received a text message from Rousey demanding to fight Correia “now” and “before anybody else beats her.” A shocked White told Rousey to calm down and let him “figure it out.”
It was obvious that Rousey was pissed off with Correia’s challenge. But what ticked her off was the fact that Correia was beheading her horsement one after the other. With the other remaining “horseman” being the inexperienced Shafir who has only two pro fights under her belt, it was natural for the leader to carry them on her back.
But White was quick to counter Rousey by telling her that she has to fight other people first. White was obviously referring to her potential fight with the winner of the Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes fight at UFC 178. Then there is also the never-ending rumor of a mega-buck fight against Gina Carano, although the latter has yet to sign with the UFC.
Knocking at the door
Like Rousey, the 31 year old Correia is unbeaten. She has a record of 9-0 overall including 3-0 in the UFC. With the impressive win over Baszler, she has immediately put herself in title discussion. According to Dana White, Correia has entered the title picture because of her impressive win at UFC 177 and not because of her comments challenging Rousey.
Correia battled Baszler toe to toe in round 1 and started to out-strike her in round two where she finally pummeled Baszler with a barrage of punches that led to the stoppage at the 1:56 mark of the second round. That victory was only the second knockout in Correia’s resume with seven of his bout going the distance.
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