UFC 190: Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia
Before her stunning fall from the top, Ronda Rousey was the most dominant female mixed martial artist of all time. She was 9-0 going into her fight at UFC 190, stopping opponents and breaking arms every time out. It was an unprecedented run that had sent her into the stratosphere in terms of star power. For her next bout Rousey needed a new challenge, and thought it was going to be difficult for the UFC to find a game enough opponent to dethrone the champ, they certainly still found a way to challenge her.
Rousey’s next title defense was to be held in enemy territory. She was asked to defend the belt against the native, Bethe Correia, in Brazil, to which she obliged. Though fans did not see Correia as much of a threat to the reign of Rousey, Correia herself thought otherwise. She talked a big game leading into fight week and whenever her and Rousey were near by she had no issue in voicing her opinions and concerns. With a good chunk of her native Brazilian fans behind her, Correia felt she had a leg up on Rousey and come weigh-in day, all the pent up emotion between the two was sure to come out.
When the two took the stage for the ceremonial weigh-in, both heard mixed reviews from the crowd. Some of the Brazilian faithful supporting their own, while others appeciating the opportunity to see a legend of the sport. Though boos were heard during both introductions, the television audience heard nothing but cheers from fans when these women stood head to head. Rousey hopped off of the scale and got right into the face of a visibly angry and screaming Bethe Correia. The image of Correia yelling at Rousey is one that will be attached to the result forever. It’s a classic stare down because the animosity between the two is real. Neither woman had any admiration for the other and the emotions shown on the stage perfectly exemplify just how they felt before UFC 190. Rousey took care of business on fight night, doing her talking in the cage, and leaving Correia’s talking in the past.