Ronda Rousey To Return at UFC 190
UFC Womens’ bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gets a fight she’s long wanted and she’s doing it in her foe’s backyard.
UFC President Dana White announced on Friday that Rousey will be defending her belt against Brazilian Bethe Correia at the main event of UFC 190 on August 1st at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Rousey is fresh off a devastating 1st round demolition of #1 contender Cat Zingano at UFC 184 last February 28, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada which she also headlined. That bout was the fastest recorded finish in UFC championship history and Rousey’s fifth straight defense of her world title. It was also Rousey’s 9th submission victory and all have been via armbar.
Getting the Beche Correia fight had become personal for Ronda Rousey( 11-0 with 2 knockouts and 9 submissions) after the unbeaten Brazilian fighter (9-0 with 2 knockouts) beat two of Rousey’s stablemates. Correia decisioned Jessamyn Duke during her second UFC bout at UFC 172 and then followed that up with an impressive 2nd round knockout of Shayna Baszler.
Rousey, Duke, Baszler and Marina Shafir form MMA’s “Four Horsewomen”. This group was formed when Rousey and longtime friend Shafir invited Rousey’s TUF protege Duke and veteran fighter Baszler to train with them at the Glendale Fighting Club in Southern California.
Correia is a newbie in the sport, making her MMA debut in 2012. But she’s racked up nine consecutive wins including three in the UFC. She has been calling out Rousey since beating the first of her two “horsewomen” victims in Duke. But Rousey was busy readying for a date with Cat Zingano, who was touted to be her toughest foe. After beating Baszler badly, Correia finally got Ronda’s attention and after Rousey disposed of Zingano in record breaking time, there was only one fight in her mind.
Rousey has been linked to a bout with Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, the Invicta FC Featherweight title. More than the promotional differences, it’s the weight class that’s prevented this super fight from happening. Justino has been fighting at 145 lbs while the UFC has no featherweight class for women. Dana White has said that if the fight were to happen, it would be at 135 pounds.
As expected, Rousey opened as a -1500 favorite when the bout was officially announced. She has been a favorite in all of her matches. The former Olympic judo bronze medalist hasn’t just dominated her weight class, she’s destroyed it. Her last two fights against the supposed toughest challenges of her career have lasted a total of 30 seconds.
Rousey has stopped all of her foes and only Meisha Tate at UFC 168 has gone past round one against her. Rousey is the most dominant female mixed martial artist in the history of the sport and she is undoubtedly in her prime. Correia is a personal challenge but experts are saying the only way for her to beat Rousey is to mess up her mind and take her off her game.
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