After Bethe Correia took out Ronda Rousey’s training partner Shayna Bazler at UFC 177, the bantamweight champ relayed she wants to fight the rising contender, and it looks like “Rowdy” hasn’t changed her mind.
While speaking to the media at UFC FN 51 in Brasilia, Brazil, Rousey had this to say about facing Correia (quote via MMA Fighting.com)
“I want to fight Bethe,” Rousey said. “I would love to fight Bethe in Brazil, actually, I think that would be an amazing event and I want to be part of it.”
Correia has defeated two of Rousey’s “Four Horsewoman” now, as prior to stopping Bazler, the Brazilian worked her way to a unanimous decision win over Jessamyn Duke. Following her victory over Bazler, the undefeated Correia announced that she’s “the one” who will end Rousey’s reign.
“I think it’s extremely intelligent of her,” Rousey said, while discussing Correia’s call out and the fact the bantamweight’s defeated two of her freinds. “I think it’s one of the things that was missing in women’s MMA before I came along and I’m glad the girls are taking the hint and making themselves a lot more interesting for the fans. The storylines and the backstory is extremely important because the fight becomes more than just about who is athletically better. It becomes about who is right. So the fan’s favorite, it becomes very personal as well. I think it’s very smart what she’s doing, she’s not going to get away with it, but she’s very smart.”
Of course, none of this means that Rousey versus Correia is a done deal, as there are other women in the mix. If former Strikeforce star Gina Carano winds up signing with the UFC, Dana White has already said the promotion will look to book a fight with Rousey.
Then of course there’s also Cat Zingano, who earned a title shot back in April, 2013, by stopping Miesha Tate. Zingano blew her knee out after the bout, however, and has been sidelined since.
Rousey also relayed to the media that fighting Zingano or Carano is at the top of her wish list. It should also be noted that after Rousey made it clear she was willing to fight Correia, White didn’t exactly endorse the match-up. Correia is currently ranked #9 in the women’s 135 division.
The UFC champ also confirmed that she broke her thumb during her 16 second, demolition of Alexis Davis in July. Rousey says, however, that she’s been cleared by her doctor, and that she would “love” to fight January 3rd.
The 27 year-old, Olympic Bronze Medalist in Judo has gone 10-0 since transitioning into MMA in 2011.