Bethe Correia: Ronda Rousey more confident, not the better fighter
Undefeated Brazilian UFC women's bantamweight Bethe Correia recently spoke with Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting about her fight with Shayna Baszler at UFC 177 on August 30, live on PPV. Correia's last fight was with Jessamyn Duke in April at UFC 172. Baszler, along with Duke, Marina Shafir, and UFC women's bantamweight champion Rondy Rousey constitute the Four Horsewomen.
The name is a good-natured homage to the Four Horsemen, a pro wrestling faction that was originally formed by Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard.
After beating Duke, Correia held four fingers up, and removed one, indicating that one Horsewomen was down, with, presumably, three to go.
With a win over Baszler, Correia plans to do something again, but has not yet decided what.
“That’s so spontaneous I can’t even tell you right now what I’m going to do, but I will do something,” she said. “I like to feel the moment and let it flow. I will certainly do something after the fight, so I’ll prepare a surprise for them.”
“I’m not in the UFC to be just another fighter. I will get to the title one way or the other… I want a title shot and I will get there by talking or fighting – or both. I want the title and nobody can stop me.
“I think I deserve a title shot. I will be 3-0 in the UFC with another win. That’s my dream and that’s what I’m fighting for. Let them decide. If they think I deserve it, I will honor this chance and do a great show.”
The goal of course is to fight Rousey, who remains undefeated. Correia thinks she has the key.
“I think they lack of confidence,” said Correia of Rousey's previous opponents. “Ronda believes in herself, and the others get in there afraid of her. I’m not. I’m not afraid of her.
“It’s not that she’s better than the opponents she’s fought, but they don’t believe in themselves. Her look shows it. They don’t feel they are better than Ronda. Ronda has this aura that she’s unbeatable. She needs to face someone that looks into her eyes and says ‘you can’t beat me.’”
So what do you think UG? Does Correia takedown another horsewoman on Saturday?