Bethe Correia got trounced by UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190, and now, she is getting trounced by social media. Ronda Rousey is nicknamed “Rowdy” for a reason, and she proved it during her 34-second matchup with the Brazilian. Correia learned a hard lesson on the way, as well — if you are going to be arrogant, ensure you have something to back it up with.
At one point during the leadup to UFC 190, Correia boasted that she would emerge the new champion over Ronda Rousey and hoped that the one-time Olympian would not turn back to the drug scene, which Rousey admitted in her recent biography.
“I just hope she can handle this loss better than her last one and don’t do drugs again,” Correia said. “I hope she can handle losing the title. That’s my only advice for her. Learn how to lose and don’t do drugs again. Your loss is coming. It’s August 1st in Brazil. You have no idea how tough I am.”
The problem was, for all her research about Ronda Rousey, Correia neglected to become aware about one painful part of Rousey’s past — the suicide of her father, Ron. After saying that she hoped Ronda Rousey would not kill herself following her would-be UFC 190 loss, Correia admitted she had no idea about the suicide, but it was too late. She was already blasted by critics, and Ronda Rousey was quickly heading for full beast mode in defense of her beloved father. She wrote “My lovely father” on her hand wraps in the leadup to the match, and chastised Correia for making light of suicide in general.
Comeuppance, indeed. Ronda Rousey absolutely dominated Correia in the 34-second main card event, and as soon as Correia collapsed to the mat, Rousey backed off and popped her mouthguard out, knowing she had defeated the Brazilian. In addition to fighting in her father’s memory, Ronda Rousey also dedicated the matchup to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary wrestler who had given Rousey his blessing to use the “Rowdy” tag as part of her name when fighting. Piper passed away suddenly July 31 from cardiac arrest.
Ronda Rousey went full beast and came out swinging during the matchup, and it was effectively all over the second she had Correia up against the edge of the octagon. She kept hammering at Correia, and with a hard punch and a couple of high knees, Correia was down, face first into the mat.
While Ronda Rousey’s undisputed UFC 190 victory was hailed by her fans throughout the sports world and beyond, Correia’s loss was recreated through a range of none-too-flattering memes. Correia is estimated to be at least four victories away from another match with Ronda Rousey for a shot at the title. Next on the agenda for Rousey — besides a couple of weeks off — is a matchup with Miesha Tate following some time on a movie set. While information about the flick has not been forthcoming from Ronda Rousey, Rousey definitely made it clear that future fighters should not even consider bringing up her family — that is, if they want to last longer than Correia did in the octagon.
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