Ronda Rousey keen to continue UFC dominance in Bethe Correia bout
Having dominantly risen to prominence in UFC, undefeated American bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is hoping to continue her impressive career with a sixth successive title defence against Bethe Correia.
The 28-year-old Californian has shot to stardom in the sport, having become the first ever UFC female bantamweight champion, and is the overwhelming favourite to secure a 12th professional triumph against her Brazilian rival (11-0).
Entering the octagon in Brazil to face her latest opponent in the early hours of Sunday morning, Rousey is 5/2 with Coral to dispatch the home hope by KO or TKO.
Although, famed for her supreme submission skills in the cage, Rousey, rightfully nicknamed ‘the Arm Collector’, is odds-on 4/11 to inflict a maiden defeat on her Brazilian foe by that method, having triumphed with a reliant armbar manoeuvre in eight of her 11 UFC wins so far.
An unadulterated winner, Rousey stunningly finished her last bout in Los Angeles in 14 seconds, deploying a fluid armbar to stop Cat Zingano, and slammed veteran Alexis Davis to the floor before pounding her former challenger’s face until the referee intervened on after 16 seconds in the previous match-up.
Correia is the next female fighter faced with the daunting challenge of thwarting this seemingly unstoppable fourth degree judo black belt, a task which sees the unbeaten Brazilian bruiser a massive 8/1 outsider to achieve this feat.
In the build-up to her Brazilian battle, Rousey has become embroiled in a war of words with the latest challenger to her crown, with Correia having shockingly made critical remarks about the American’s family.
“This definitely is the most personal fight I’ve been in,” Rousey stated. “It’s the most pressure I’ve been under. That’s another reason that Bethe is never meant to be a champion. She said: ‘I have no pressure on me. No one expects anything out of me, and that’s an advantage.’
“So you’re saying you do the best with less pressure? That’s what’s best for you? You’re not meant for this life. You’re not. The more pressure there is, I fight above myself. I’ve never been under more pressure in my life, and I’m going to show the world what I’m really made of.”
The supreme bantamweight champion will seek to boost her already rapidly growing reputation as the UFC’s most dominant female fighter, with another rampant win set to cause shockwaves in the sport, declaring: “I am going to retire undefeated. This Bethe is just one step on the way.”