Weeks after Ronda Rousey’s 34-second KO of Bethe Correia at UFC 190, it’s apparent that there’s still bad blood brewing between the two fighters, according to Fox Sports.
Bethe Correia took to Instagram to air her disappointment about some statements Ronda Rousey made to her mentor, “Judo” Gene LeBell. According to the 83-year-old Gene Lebell, Rousey left Brazil feeling like she still had some unfinished business.
“I think she was a little disappointed. She wanted to beat this gal up, and she said, ‘I wasn’t through, I wanted to break something, an arm or a leg or neck’. But John McCarthy broke it up because she was unconscious. But she said, ‘well, I proved a point.’ She’s happy, so I’m happy.”
After getting wind of Ronda’s comments to Lebell, Bethe criticized the media via an Instagram post for ignoring the disparaging comments Ronda Rousey made against her before the fight, as well. In that same post, she also issued a challenge to Ronda for a rematch.
“I was extremely criticized and judged by lack of respect due to a bad interpretation of the current champ. All that time I saw the real face of the current champ trying to pose as a saint while she always said publicly that she wanted to make me ‘have a meeting with Jesus’ which was her true intention.
The media never gave that much coverage. I’d never fight anyone with the intention to kill, break their neck which is something there’s no return from. I wouldn’t joke about it, because wanting to kill someone is not caring about the pain their family would feel!
So I tell Ronda Rousey I’m here and I’ll fight for a rematch in 2016, stronger, more mature, we’ll see each other again!
I wanted to fight you and I got it. I’ll get that chance again and I’ll have my revenge at the right time!”
To backtrack, Correia appeared to have referenced the tragic death of Ronda’s father in an interview with Combate back in May, just a few months heading into the title bout. Ronda Rousey took umbrage from the alleged taunt and responded on Twitter.
@bethecorreia suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) May 28, 2015
Bethe Correia responded directly to the tweet with an apology, saying that she didn’t have any prior knowledge of how Ronda’s father died when she made the statement. Ronda Rousey didn’t buy the apology, and seemed to have found a new motivation to not just beat up Bethe but to also make her feel pain.
Bethe Correia, however, has her work cut out for her before she can get another shot at Ronda Rousey. Rousey is more likely to fight Miesha Tate next. As reported by Inquisitr, Tate might have a better claim to a title shot than any other fighter. According to ESPN, discussions about a possible mega-fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Ronda Rousey are brewing. With Cyborg offering to drop to 135 pounds in order to face Ronda Rousey, the highly-anticipated bout seems imminent.
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