Ronda wants it, Bethe Correia is vying for it, but UFC president and head honcho Dana White has bigger fish to fry for the superstar that has become of the women’s bantamweight champ. Last night, after watching the destruction of her teammate, Shayna Baszler, at the hands Bethe Correia, Ronda Rousey has had enough of watching her teammates get punished by the Brazilian.
Dana White stated in his post fight scrum that he received a text from his women’s champion immediately after the fight. Rousey demanded a match up with Correia, and wants to be the first to blemish Bethe’s undefeated record. White responded as UFC boss should, telling his famed fighter to calm down and focus on the prize ahead. That prize could possibly be a mega fight with former women’s mixed martial arts star, Gina Carano, or a possible match up with the winner of Cat Zingano versus Amanda Nunes, which has become a true number one contenders fight for the title.
The hype leading up to the Correia versus Baszler was starting to build a buzz, as Correia just recently defeated another teammate of theirs, Jessamyn Duke. “The Pitbull” made no gripes about who she wanted to fight next, calling out Rousey inside the octagon after dismantling Baszler, stating that she will be the only women’s MMA fighter to finish her career undefeated. Not to throw anymore fuel on the fire, Correia flaunted a number one finger around the cage, pronouncing there is only one more of the “Four Horsewomen” to go, which would be the women’s champion. Correia is currently ranked tenth in the women’s bantamweight division, and could realistically have to fight a few more times to reach her goal of a championship fight, but the build surrounding the rivalry may jump her up to the front of the line.
Ronda is currently nursing knee and hand injuries, breaking her hand in July after taking out Alexis Davis within the first 16 seconds of the very first round. December has become the timetable for her return, but an opponent for that match has yet to be named. However, Gina Carano’s name has been floating around the rumor mill for quite some time. The UFC and Carano have had issues coming to agreement on a contract, as the now-action movie star may demand a king’s ransom to return to a sport that she seemingly has out grown and has no need to return to. An epic match up between the two is at a high demand from the fans, and could rake in some of the largest viewing on card for women’s MMA. Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, is also scheduled to defend his belt on the December card, taking on “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, in a match up that has been a longtime coming.
A match up between WMMA’s most valued queen and the gritty Brazilian is almost destined to hit the cage at some point in the near future. There may be a fight or two in between for the both of them, but the feeling has it that these two will continue to taunt and jab at each other until the dust is settled inside a UFC octagon.
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