The Brazilian bantamweight, who takes on "Rowdy" on Aug. 1 at Rio de Janeiro’s UFC 190, told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that she’s planning on making Rousey cry in pain during their five-round title fight at the HSBC Arena.
"Ronda, you’re not the superheroine you think you are. You are a farce, and I’ll prove it on August 1," Correia said through a translator. "I’ll give you the biggest beating of your life. I’ll make you suffer pain, I’ll make you cry in pain. I’ll humiliate you, and you’ll leave your belt here. You’re not a champion. I’m a champion. I invite you to try your MMA game because your judo is not going to work here. I’m gonna beat you up and everyone is going to see it."
A blue belt in jiu-jitsu, Correia won’t shy away from fighting Rousey on the ground, but hopes to finish the champion with a head kick.
"I don’t have any doubt that I’m going to win," she said. "I don’t see myself losing. It never crosses my mind. My faith doesn’t allow that. I see me knocking her out. If I end up submitting her, maybe she’ll give me a guillotine or something like that, I’ll take it, but I really want a knockout. I wanna knock her out with a head kick. I think it would be amazing. But if it doesn’t happen, I can do it with my hands. I just want to give her something that she has never tasted before."
Before UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Rousey and Correia attended a press conference at the Maracanazinho gymnasium to announce their fight, and the crowd appeared to be split. Correia expects fans to be nationalists and root for her at UFC 190, though, and claims that fans are asking her to take Rousey’s mole back home with her.
"I think it will be more for me," Correia said of the crowd at the HSBC Arena. "It’s normal that she has fans all around the world. When I go to the UFC I’ve seen lots of fans coming at me, a lot of people from the US showing hate towards her and love towards me, so I don’t think there will be any more fans cheering for her than for me. Of course that are people that loves her, but when I walk on the streets there are people that stop me and say they want me to give them her mole as a gift. You can see how big this has become.
"The Brazilian people want another Brazilian champion, they want a woman Brazilian champion. Even if they were her fan, in their hearts they want to see another Brazilian champion. The nation will be the priority here, and I’m pretty sure everyone will be cheering me when I take the title from her."
Even with Rousey needing only 96 seconds combined to beat her last three opponents, Correia doesn’t see the champion as a complete mixed martial artist. According to the 135-pound contender, the reason why Rousey is so good with her judo is that she’s afraid to stand and get punched in the face.
"I think she’s very insecure," Correia said. "That’s why she only tries to use her judo. She doesn’t try anything regarding MMA because I think she’s afraid to lose. She’s afraid to get hit and that’s I think she has no confidence, so she only uses her judo. I’m here to show everyone that Ronda is a farce. She’s not a complete fighter and I will show it to everyone. Her game is not going to work with me. She’s going to try to use MMA and that’s my comfort zone. I will show everyone that I’m better than her and she will lose."
"Every fight Ronda has the same thing, and her opponents are doing exactly the same thing," she continued. "They either rush to her, or they let her put them against the cage. Judo uses your own strength against yourself, and if you let her intimidate you on the cage you have nowhere to go. So everyone is doing the same mistake. But I’m studying Ronda, I’m studying her opponents, I’m studying myself, I’m studying everything. I won’t commit the same mistakes they do. I’m working to do everything different and to put on a show, a MMA clinic for everyone to see. I won’t accept her game, and her game is not going to work on me."
Speaking of looks, Correia suggests Rousey leaves MMA to focus on her career in Hollywood.
"I don’t get sick to my stomach but I think she should invest more on this," she said. "She takes a lot of care about her looks, her beauty, but that means she’s in the wrong place. The Octagon is for people that aren’t afraid to get hurt, that doesn’t care if you have a scar or anything like that. If Ronda is afraid of getting a little scar on her face, she can invest in her career as a model, an artist, because there’s a champion here."
Correia will be one of the biggest underdogs in UFC history on Aug. 1, but is already planning more of her trademark post-fight dances.
"Me beating Ronda, I’ll even dance Zumba, Hula Hula, anything," she said with a laugh. "I’m already training some steps because I’m pretty sure I’m gonna win, so I’m already training for the celebration."