Bethe Correia, the next women’s bantamweight contender itching to deal champion Ronda Rousey her first career defeat, will not relent on her bold predictions and taunts despite recently letting a suicide remark go too far.
The UFC 190 challenger has already apologized to Rousey for predicting that the champion will take her own life after a loss. Correia admitted that she was unaware that the champion’s father died a suicide.
But a week was all it took for Correia to go back to her trash-talking ways as she recently branded Rousey a “farce champion.” In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani of the MMA Hour talk show, the Brazilian fighter alleged that Rousey only wins through judo due to her lack of confidence in her standup game and overall mixed martial arts skills.
“I think she’s very insecure," Correia said in the interview. "That’s why she only tries to use her judo. She doesn’t try anything regarding MMA because I think she’s afraid to lose. She’s afraid to get hit and I think she has no confidence, so she only uses her judo.”
The Paraiba, Brazil, native again predicted the outcome in spectacular fashion. She enumerated the variety of ways she plans to end her assault -- a guillotine choke, a kick to the head or a flurry of punches -- all of which would deal the undisputed queen of the UFC a beating she has not seen in her previous bouts.
Rousey has been impressive in her recent run of title defenses and has set the bar high for fastest wins after finishing her last three conquests by a combined 96 seconds. Her last match against Cat Zingano notched the record for fastest title fight time in just 14 seconds, but despite this, Correia remains unimpressed and credits the impressive streak to her opponents neglecting strategy and game planning. Without divulging a lot of details, the 31-year-old self-declared conqueror of the Four Horsewomen said she will not be playing into the hand of Rousey’s team by rushing to attack at the first opportunity or by letting “Rowdy” put her against the cage.
Correia is a currently a huge underdog going into the Aug. 1 bout in Rio de Janeiro. Nevertheless, the feisty challenger asserts she is never intimidated by Rousey’s impressive record. Watch the full interview with Correia below: