Bethe Correia won’t leave any attacks unanswered.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey promised that, unlike her last title defenses, the UFC 190 clash with undefeated contender Bethe Correia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won’t end in seconds.
"This fight has gone pretty personal for me and when I finish fights quickly, that's really me at my most merciful," Rousey said. "My dad would call it a ‘come to Jesus meeting’. I’m going all the way down to Brazil to a ‘come to Jesus meeting’ with this chick. No, I’m not gonna end it quickly. But not because I can’t end it quickly, because I choose to."
Correia disapproved of the champion’s comments.
"She should respect God’s name," Correia told MMAFighting.com. "‘Come to Jesus meeting’... That’s totally disrespectful. God, our creator. Keep that to yourself. We have to respect God. He’s above everything."
Recently called the most dominant athlete alive, Rousey has finished four of her five UFC fights in the first round. However, Correia doesn’t consider the champion a real mixed martial artist.
"She wants to be a Hollywood star, she’s just wasting her time with MMA," Correia said of Rousey. "I have more Octagon time, I have thrown more punches and fought more rounds than her in the UFC. I have more experience than her. She should shut her mouth and respect me. Ronda hasn’t proved to be a MMA fighter. I am a real MMA fighter.
"She’s saying she won’t be merciful with me. Don’t worry, I won’t be merciful either," she continued. "But that means I’ll fight differently. I always fight showing my entire MMA game, and this time I will just knock her out quickly. Go back home, do your little movies. I’ll do her a favor and knock her out fast. That’s a promise I make to the Brazilian people."
Correia, who tries to be the first to beat "Rowdy" in MMA, attacked the champion again by citing her autobiography.
In her book, Rousey admits "smoking and drinking heavily, often beginning her day with a cigarette and a vodka espresso" and even developing "a pot-and-Vicodin habit" after losing at the 2008 Olympics.
"I just hope she can handle this loss better than her last one and don’t do drugs again," Correia said. "I hope she can handle losing the title. That’s my only advice for her. Learn how to lose and don’t do drugs again. Your loss is coming. It’s August 1st in Brazil. You have no idea how tough I am."