“UFC Tonight” co-hosts Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian brought UFC 190 into the “Strikezone” during a recent episode, breaking down the main event between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia.
Rousey defends her bantamweight title tonight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and FightLine will have complete coverage of all the action.
Despite coming off back-to-back finishes of Cat Zingano and Alexis Davis in a total of 30 seconds, “Rowdy” has vowed to be patient and deliberate with the unbeaten Brazilian. She remains a huge betting favorite, and Cormier agrees.
“She’s dominated the division and dominated every opponent she’s faced,” Cormier said. “She should be the big favorite. Her hands are getting better. She used to be grappler and now she can strike with anyone. She’s said she wants to punish Bethe in this fight.”
Known for her submission skills, including her trademark armbar finish, Florian sees those talents being ultra-important for the champion in her quest to remain undefeated.
“She’s so good with her throwing skills, and she can strike now. She can hit the armbar from anywhere,” Florian said. “Ronda needs to throw combinations of strikes and to land the takedown. She’s so dangerous on the ground.”
For Correia to stun Rousey and the world, Cormier feels she has to be super-aggressive right from the start and use her power.
“She needs to try to overwhelm Rousey with her striking and power,” he said. “She needs to control the range of the fight, stay on the outside and avoid the clinch. This is an uphill battle, but she can get it done.”
While Florian feels there is no reason Correia shouldn’t be confident, sporting a perfect record and a handful of strong finishes of her own.
“There’s confidence being an undefeated fighter. She’s a great boxer and she’s tough, durable, and powerful,” he said. “She needs to use the leg kicks. If she gets in the clinch with Ronda, she has to use her dirty boxing or break away.”