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Bethe Correia on Former UFC Champ Ronda Rousey: ‘I want a rematch with her’

Former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (Photo courtesy: @rondarousey/Instagram)
PHOTOGRAPH: @rondarousey/Instagram | Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey

Former UFC title challenger Bethe Correia expressed her intention to have a rematch against UFC star Ronda Rousey. However, Correia doesn’t believe “Rowdy” will fight again in the Octagon after her embarrassing loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

“I hope she would come back because I want a rematch with her,” Correia said. “We have unfinished business, things to settle. But I believe she won’t come back. I always said she was too vain and wasn’t mentally strong enough to lose. I think her vanity was an issue against Amanda. She thought she could go back and trade with her. She’s too vain to accept the defeat and start over. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have the rematch, but I’d love that.”

After third consecutive UFC victory, Bethe Correia had the opportunity to fight Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Before the fight, Correia continued to throw insults and vowed to give “Rowdy” the worst beating of her career. Unfortunately, she failed to convert her words into actions as Rousey only needed 34 seconds to knock her out.

When Rousey suffered her second defeat at UFC 207, Correia believed that the UFC star “paid for her excess arrogance.” She also warned Amanda Nunes about the danger of the path she’s currently taking. Since she lost to Rousey, Correia is 1-1 and set to fight Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza.

Bethe Correia has sympathy for Ronda Rousey

Despite criticizing Rousey, the 33-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist gave sympathy for her rival. Correia said that she knows what “Rowdy” is currently going through. She was in the same situation when she failed to steal the belt from Rousey at UFC 190.

“I’m her rival, I’m her enemy in the sport and in the personal area for everything that happened between us, but even enemies respect each other,” Correia said. “The way she lost, I felt what she felt. It was similar to what I went through, a sub-minute loss, being caught in a way that you lose control. The same criticism she had to face I had to deal with, too. Being called an arrogant, that you bit your tongue. People said she was never that good, like people said about me. I felt that. I know I could have done better against Ronda, and I know Ronda could have done better against Amanda.”

Bethe Correia opens her door for a rematch against Ronda Rousey and is currently aiming for another title shot. However, as of now, Rousey is yet to make an official announcement regarding her MMA career.

Photo courtesy: @rondarousey/Instagram

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