The UFC and Dana White have stopped short of promising Bethe Correia a title shot, which is likely why the bantamweight continues to campaign hard for a scrap with Ronda Rousey.
Of course, to be fair, Rousey has also repeatedly said she’d be down to fight Correia. After all, Correia has gone 3-0 to date in the UFC, but more importantly, she’s defeated Rousey’s buddies and “Four Horsewomen” teammates in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler.
Well, since Rousey just took out Cat Zingano at UFC 184, and is reportedly set to act in another film, it remains to be seen what the UFC will do next. In the interim, however, Correia is certainly doing her part to make she doesn’t get over looked for a title shot.
Case in point, recently the 9-0 fighter had this to say about Rousey, and possibly fighting her in Brazil, while talking to MMA Fighting.com:
“It would be a dream come true to fight her in Brazil because I want to bring the title to Brazil. “I’m a patriot woman and I love to fight against foreigners, especially against Americans. I love to represent Brazil. I’m motivated by pressure and responsibility, I fight better this way, and I want to bring the UFC title to my country…”
“I beat her little friends in the United States, one of them in her hometown, so it’s a chance for Ronda to come try to avenge her losses,” Correia continued. “Ronda got pissed that I beat them in front of her. I hope Ronda was a good friend, that she supported her friends when they lost to me, because she will need a shoulder to cry on after I beat her.”
Now clearly, the UFC wouldn’t have an issue booking Rousey-Correia, if they ask the fighters. But, it isn’t clear right now, whether this is the direction the UFC wants to go. As mentioned, it looks like Rousey’s going to have a few months off (in terms of fighting), and Correia, meanwhile, hasn’t fought since last August. So, the promotion might want to see how Correia does against a top contender, and if she wins, then a bout with Rousey would have some real buzz behind it.
Correia is currently ranked #7 in the bantamweight division. The only woman Rousey hasn’t defeated yet, who’s ranked ahead of Correia, is the #6 ranked Jessica Eye.