For UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, fighting in Brazil is about keeping a promise to her fans, but aside from keeping that promise, Rousey intends to make it a religious experience for her opponent.
UFC president Dana White on Friday confirmed recent speculation, announcing Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia as the UFC 190 main event on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro.
Many people would shy away from fighting on an opponent’s home turf, but Rousey specifically asked to fight her Brazilian foe in Rio.
“I would definitely say this is a personal fight,” said Rousey at a recent press conference. “My dad had a great saying when someone needed to be shown what’s up. He would say, ‘This person needs to have a come-to-Jesus meeting.’ Bethe is going to have her own come-to-Jesus meeting in Brazil.”
And that is a key reason why Rousey wanted this fight in Brazil. Although she competed in South America on several occasions during her Judo career, the champ has never fought there during her run to the top of the mixed martial arts’ heap. Now she can do that and lay the smack down on Correia at the same time.
“I promised Brazilian fans that I’d do whatever I could to come down here and fight. I meant my promise and I’m happy to come down here and entertain you guys while I discipline this girl,” said Rousey.
“I don’t just want to defeat her. I want her to leave that arena embarrassed, and the best way to do it is to come down here and beat her in her own backyard.”
Like many fighters these days, Correia used the gift of gab – and Facebook and Twitter – to help make the fight happen. Rousey gets that, but just because she understands it doesn’t mean that she’s going to overlook the insults flung towards her and her teammates.
“I understand Bethe’s tactics, and I understand why she went out the things that she did. But Just because I understand it doesn’t mean that it’s okay,” continued Rousey.
“In order to get a title shot as quickly as possible, she disrespected my friends, which I consider my family. And if you (expletive) with my family, you’re (expletive).”