The heat between UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and undefeated challenger Bethe Correia is off the charts. The feud between the two has been brewing for the past couple of years, but will finally come to a head at UFC 190 on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro after both fighters made weight on Friday afternoon.
The feud between Rousey and Correia went from heated to personal after the Brazilian fighter made a remark about suicide that struck an extremely sensitive chord with the champ, whose father had taken his own life.
Rousey and Correia will attempt to settle the score in Rio, but the outcome isn’t likely to douse the fire.
“I’ve been dreaming about this moment for a long time,” Correia said after a heated staredown with Rousey. “I think Brazil needs a female champion. I know a lot of people aren’t rooting for me, but I’m gonna fight for all of Brazil.”
The fans were rooting louder for Rousey, who thanked them and said, “I’m gonna give you the best women’s title fight you’ve ever seen, the most devastating loss you’ve ever seen from Bethe and my best win.”
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Aside from the Rousey vs. Correia main event, UFC 190 also features the lightweight and bantamweight finals of the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, as well as bouts pitting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve.
UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia Official Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on Pay-Per-View)
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Bethe Correia (134)
Maricio “Shogun” Rua (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206)
TUF: Brazil 4 Lightweight Tournament Final: Glaico Franca (156) vs. Fernando Bruno (155)
TUF: Brazil 4 Bantamweight Tournament Final: Reginaldo Vieira (135) vs. Dileno Lopes (135)
Stefan Struve (265) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (240)
Antonio Silva (265) vs. Soa Palelei (264)
Claudia Gadelha (116) vs. Jessica Aguillar (116)
Prelims (on FOX Sports 1)
Demian Maia (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (206)
Warlley Alves (171) vs. Nordine Taleb (171)
Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Leandro Issa (136)
Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass)
Vitor Miranda (186) vs. Clint Hester (186.7)*
Hugo Viana (136) vs. Guido Cannetti (135)
*Clint Hester was given one hour to make 186 pounds.