While folks continue to discuss and debate who Ronda Rousey should fight next, Bethe Correia is continuing to campaign, pretty, pretty hard for a shot at the UFC’s bantamweight champ.
Of course, there’s been talk of a Rousey-Correia scrap for a little while now. Not only because of the latter’s repeated call outs, but because the undefeated Brazilian has defeated the champ’s friends in Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke. Correia stopped Duke at UFC 172 last April, and decisioned the another member of the “Four Horsewomen”, Baszler, at UFC 177 in August.
Well, following Rousey’s ridiculously quick win over Cat Zingano last weekend, Correia hasn’t stopped calling the champ out. Case in point, in a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, Correia stated:
“I beat her little friends in the United States, one of them in her hometown, so it’s a chance for Ronda to come try to avenge her losses,” the 9-0 fighter said, while referring to Duke and Baszler. “Ronda got pissed that I beat them in front of her. I hope Ronda was a good friend, that she supported her friends when they lost to me, because she will need a shoulder to cry on after I beat her.”
“I’m beating everyone they put in front of me, I’m calling her out. I created a story in the UFC,” Correia added later in the story. “The champion wants to fight me. I want to fight her. I’m just waiting for the UFC to send me the date and location, and you will see what’s about to happen.”
Now Rousey has already said, numerous times, that she would like to fight Correia, and she’s also relayed she’d love to do so in the contender’s native Brazil. While Rousey and Correia are both down for the fight, the question is whether the UFC wants to move forward with the match-up at this time. Correia has gone 3-0 to date in the Octagon, and is doing a nice job of campaigning for the fight, but the UFC might feel she needs one more impressive win to really promote a scrap with Rousey.
Since the champ is set to film another movie, and just fought at UFC 184, the promotion could look to book Correia versus another contender, like Jessica Eye. If “Pitbull” scores a win, then maybe Correia would be tapped to fight Rousey later in the year? Assuming Cris “Cyborg” isn’t under contract or ready to move to 135.
As it stands right now, Rousey holds wins over the #1 through #5 ranked bantamweights…Eye is ranked #6 and Correia is #7.