Ronda Rousey is preparing to teach Bethe Correira a big lesson in Rio. Photo: Jae C. HongUndefeated Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia is likely to learn a very valuable, very painful lesson this Sunday at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro – don’t get on the bad side of your opponent, especially when the opponent is undeniably the greatest female MMA fighter on the plant, Ronda Rousey.
Rousey is a superstar in the truest sense of the world, so confident in her own ability that she has no problem taking a shot at the man who claims to be the 青岛夜网 greatest boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Case in point: last week, The 2018 Olympic bronze medallist in Judo claimed the prestigious ESPY award for Best Fighter and took a shot at Mayweather, asking him how it felt to be beaten by a woman for once.
Most thought it was a thinly veiled reference to Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse, which it was, but for Rousey it was also much, much more than that.
“It was more a response from the ESPYs a year before that,” she said.
“He made some snarky comments about me and it was like a day after surgery, I was sitting on the couch and I was thinking that one day, I’m going to have the opportunity to say something back and I’m going to 青岛桑拿 wait until I beat him at something.
“If I didn’t win this year, I would have waited three or four years if I needed to.”
For Correia, she will not have to wait that long.
The pair have had numerous run-ins over the last six months, culminating in Correia saying she hoped Rousey would not commit suicide when she loses the belt.
Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was eight, after he became paralyzed following a sledding accident.
Correia’s words were, at best, an extremely poor choice from someone not familiar with her opponent’s back story.
Although Correia apologised, Rousey promised to make the fight extremely painful for her opponent.
It is highly likely Rousey will keep that promise.
Correia is supremely confident and may have the support of an entire nation behind her but it will not matter.
Comparing Rousey to Correia is like comparing a lion to a hyena.
They’re both capable of doing damage, but only one is the king of the jungle.
Correia has only been fighting since 2012, whereas Rousey has a lifetime of combat experience in judo.
The women Rousey has beaten have been the very cream of the crop and even then, only one was able to last more than one round.
Bethe Correia is, like Rousey, undefeated but her wins have come over questionable competition.
However, like Mike Tyson in his early career, you don’t watch a Rousey fight for the contest.
You watch it because her mastery is so complete that the contest, as brief and one sided as it may be, will be spectacular.
This is not to say that Correia can’t win.
Confidence is a powerful tool, and it’s one thing Correia is not short on.
“Ronda’s game will fail because she is always searching for the same thing, always looking to go to the ground,” she said through an interpreter.
“My dream is to retire undefeated…I want to build a legacy…winning the belt is just the beginning.
“Ronda has a weak side. She has 11 sides and she doesn’t have one punch. I’d like to see her take my one punch.”
In the co-main event, two Brazilian legends will collide in a rematch that has been ten years in the making.
In 2005, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira engaged in one of the greatest Pride Fighting Championship bouts of all time, a back-and-forth war that Rua claimed by unanimous decision on his way to winning the 2005 Middleweight grand prix final.
Now in the twilight of their careers, the pair will be looking to put on a show for their loyal Brazilian fans and with both fighters losing their last two bouts via knockout, a win is crucial for both.
Nogueira’s heavyweight brother, Antonio Rodrigo, will take on the 青岛伴游模特 tallest fighter in the UFC, seven-foot tall Dutch kickboxer Stefan Struve, in what could be Big Nog’s final fight, while Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei will look to propel himself into the UFC top 15 with a win over Antonio”Bigfoot” Silva.
UFC 190 will screen on Main Event on Sunday from 12pm AEST.
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