Correia Suffers KO in 0:34, Rousey vs. Tate III A Lock
In the time it’s taken me to think up and write the opening lines of this piece, Ronda Rousey retained her Women’s Bantamweight championship this past Saturday night in Brazil. After months of inarguably Rousey’s hottest feud, opponent Bethe Correia’s night was over in 34 seconds. After taunting” Rowdy” at the UFC 190 weigh-ins the day before by saying, “Don’t cry...You will drop to my punches…” “Pitbull” was put down with a right hand to the temple and a following left, proving Correia to be more bark than bite.
Although Rousey will probably forever be known for armbar submissions, when it came to Correia, the champion was more interested in throwing bombs. Rousey didn’t come out of the gate as recklessly as her last opponent Cat Zingano, but forced the action all the same. Rousey chose stand-up as the best modus operandi, wanting Correia to initiate the clinch first. One would have a pretty good idea of what would happen on the ground; it just didn’t get that far.
As mentioned in my preview of the main event bout, Correia’s comments regarding suicide, a topic that is close to home for the Rousey clan after the death of Ron Rousey, made the tension between the two white-hot. After having the championship belt strapped firmly around her waist again, Rousey made it clear that Saturday night was about more than sport.
"I hope no one brings up my family again," she said.
Correia responded, "I don't regret anything. Everything I said was very sincere," Correia said at the UFC 190 post fight press conference. "It was my point of view and what I believed in. I think I did a great job. The event was wonderful. It wasn't the result that I wanted, but I think everything that I said was something that I thought. "I'm a very sincere person and I don't take back anything that happened. But of course this fight, I have a lot of lessons I learned. But I'm very satisfied with my job."
I would venture to say that is probably as close to an apology as Correia will give. I’m actually okay with the fact Correia didn’t take back what she said. What good would that do? What’s out there is out there, but she did acknowledge learning from this. With Rousey eighth first round finish in twelve wins, Correia is moved to the back of the line as Rousey looks to go to 13-0 after her next fight with Miesha “Cupcake” Tate.
UFC 189 starring “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and UFC 190 were the fights of the summer with 189 also being speculated as the best card in UFC history. So what makes sense? Put both of the biggest names in the sport today in Rousey and McGregor on the same card.
As Damon Martin of Fox Sports reported, Rousey said "I would like to be on the Aldo-McGregor card if possible. That would be really cool."
"I'd like to put her on that card," UFC President Dana White confirmed. "That card is probably going to be in Dallas, Texas stadium. December (5), I hope so. We're working on it."
After getting a decision victory over Jessica “Evil” Eye in Chicago that included Tate dropping Eye twice, the fight is going to happen-- regardless of where it happens, not many see the third fight being any different than the first two clashes. Tate is riding a four fight win streak (with two victories being against two other Rousey victims in Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche), but none of those are finishes.
Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan said, “...I like that fight. I'm real excited for that fight, actually. Because this time I'm going to make sure that Miesha Tate gets really punished and knows what she's getting into. It's not going to be good for her career. She's gonna get a lot of damage and I'm gonna make sure it's not healthy for her career.”
Clearly Tate’s striking has improved, but I still worry that she is primarily preparing herself for Rousey’s armbar when she should be prepared for anything and everything as Rousey has continued to show her evolution into a true mixed martial artist.
Speculation of a true test for Rousey and the argument for a bout with Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino will continue until Justino agrees to make 135 pounds. Either way, here we go again.