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Bethe Correia calls Miesha Tate 'bipolar' and weak for retiring

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

SAO PAULO -- Miesha Tate announced her retirement after losing a decision to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, but that won’t stop Bethe Correia from firing shots at her.

Correia was one of the guest fighters during UFC Fight Night 100 fight week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and criticized the former Strikeforce and UFC champion for leaving the sport following her recent loss. Correia, who also lost a decision to Pennington in 2016, thinks that Tate’s reaction shows a lot about her mental state.

"She showed she’s bipolar because when the UFC didn’t want her fighting for the belt, she wanted to retire. She lost to Raquel and got herself in a bad phase, lost to Amanda, and announced her retirement," Correia said during a Q&A session. "When you’re not going the way you want and you run away from it, that shows weakness.

"I’ve been through a lot of tough moments in the UFC and never wanted to retire. Quite the opposite. My fight against Ronda left a damage here, and I want to fight more, win more, to have experience, in order to have Rousey vs. Correia 2, maybe here in Sao Paulo, so it can be very different, and leave with my head up."

Correia’s goal is to fight for the UFC belt again and get a chance to rematch Rousey, trying to avenge a 34-second knockout loss. Fighting Tate was also one of her ideas, but "Pitbull" thinks she’s "way above" Tate now.

"My history with Miesha Tate is very old," Correia said. "First, she called me out as an athlete on social media, and also said a lot of bad things about my personal life, demoralized me as an athlete, and I wanted to fight her, but our paths went different directions.

"I wanted to fight her again, but at that moment she… I even said I’d fight her for free, in any card, in her backyard, really, because I still have the things she said about me stuck in my throat, especially about my loss to Ronda. She said some bad things, but in the end I saw that her attitude, announcing her retirement, that I’m way above her."

The Brazilian bantamweight bounced back from her losses to Rousey and Pennington with a split decision victory over Jessica Eye in September, and expects to be back in action in February.

"I really enjoyed Liz Carmouche’s fight (Katlyn Chookagian, UFC 205), but I want a rematch with Raquel," said Correia, who just recovered from a hand injury. "I don’t accept that loss I had against her. I think I won."