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Morning Report: Daniel Cormier lays out game plan to beat Ronda Rousey, 'Piss her off'

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After watching Ronda Rousey dismantle Bethe Correia at UFC 190, not many analysts are offering up ideas on how to solve the UFC women's bantamweight champion.

Well, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has some thoughts.

Despite having beaten her twice, Rousey will fight Miesha Tate a third time later this year.

"If I'm coaching against Ronda Rousey, I don't know what to say to Tate or anyone going into that fight," Cormier told Steve Austin on his podcast.

"Piss her off. Piss her off like Bethe did and hope that she abandons the grappling. Then she'll just stand with you which means you'll have a better chance, even though it might not be the greatest chance, you have a better chance in the standup than you would grappling with her. That's my approach as a coach."

Just don't go overboard, says Cormier.

"Don't go family. Piss her off in another way. Don't make it personal to the level that Bethe did. That was bad. But [Correia] did a good job, though. She sold the fight. Bethe Correia made people care. 18-1, it was one of the biggest mismatches in UFC history, but we tuned in because we wanted to see what Ronda was going to do and how she'd make this woman pay."

Rousey stated she intended to punish Correia for what she interpreted as a low blow in the lead-up. Having previously said she's 'at her most merciful' when she ends fights quickly, Rousey claimed she intended to go a bit longer with Correia.

"She wanted to prolong the beating on Bethe Correia, but they can't stay with her," Cormier said of Rousey's division. "Even when she's trying to drag it on. She wanted to make Bethe pay and she face-planted her with a right hand. 'How is Ronda going to make this girl pay?' Unfortunately her idea of making her pay was to stand with her and look what happens.

"You could see immediately that Bethe understood that she was in over her head. She was like, 'Wow, she's beating me where I'm supposed to hold the advantage."

Interpreted as either high praise for Rousey or a critique of her crop of contenders, Cormier says the champ is decades ahead of her division.

"20 years," said Cormier. "She came 20 years too early. In 20 years you will have girls that have competed a lifetime in Judo in the Olympics and they will be fighting at the level she's probably at today. She's 20 years ahead of her time."



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