Following her win on Saturday, Bethe Correia is angling to get a shot at UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey sooner rather than later. But according to UFC president Dana White, she’s going to have to wait a bit.
Correia beat one of Rousey’s teammates in Shayna Baszler at UFC 177. After the bout, she called out the women’s champ. Rousey responded, telling MMAWeekly.com that she hopes “she doesn’t lose before I get a chance to beat her.”
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White’s response? Get in line.
“There’s a long list for Rousey waiting right now,” White said. “[Correia’s] on the list.”
Included on the short list are names like Gina Carano and Cat Zingano. Carano has been away from MMA for the past five years, but has been in discussions with White and the UFC about making a comeback. If she’s to return, she will likely get an immediate title shot and face Rousey on a pay-per-view card in late 2014 or early 2o15.
As for Zingano, the fighter was scheduled to face Rousey at the end of 2013. An injury derailed those plans, forcing Zingano into extended rehabilitation. Additionally, she dealt with the death of her husband.
Zingano is now scheduled to make her return to the Octagon on Sept. 27 at UFC 178 in Las Vegas. If she wins that fight and a deal with Carano isn’t done, White said Zingano will be next in line for a shot at Rousey.
Correia has beaten two of Rousey’s teammates in Baszler and Jessamyn Duke before her. The momentum combined with her three UFC wins and an undefeated record carries her to a place where she feels she should be next.
“I’d love to have a chance at the title. I’d love to be champion,” she said at the UFC 177 post-fight press conference. “I have three [wins] in the UFC. I’m undefeated right now and I feel that if I had the chance for the title, I would go in there and make the most of it.”
White, however, isn’t so convinced, and even exchanged text messages with Rousey, explaining to her that he has things he has to figure out before he pairs her with someone else.
“She texted me and said, ‘I want that fight,’” White revealed. “‘I said, ‘Calm down, lady. You’ve got other people to fight.’”
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