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Bethe Correia vows to send ‘granny' Marion Reneau back to the nursing home

UFC on FOX 19 Weigh-ins Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Twitter beef between Bethe Correia and Marion Reneau will be settled inside the Octagon, and “Pitbull" says Reneau made a big mistake when she called her out.

"I think she got herself in the biggest trouble of her life,” Correia told MMA Fighting. "She's been calling me out for a long time, begging to fight me. I don’t know what’s going on that everybody wants to fight me in this division. Maybe because I say what I think and my fights are always well promoted. But she got what she wanted. She campaigned for this fight, and it’s going to be the biggest disappointment of her life."

Coming off a win over Jessica Eye in September, Correia aims to earn the first post-fight bonus of her UFC career when the two square off at UFC Fight Night 106 on March 11.

"I have evolved a lot as an athlete,” she said. "My focus is not just winning now, I want to add things to my résumé. I want to add a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus to my résumé. I’m going there to destroy her. She asked for it, now she has to deal with it. This granny got herself in trouble. She should have stayed in her nursing home."

The 39-year-old Reneau, who holds stoppage victories over the likes of Jessica Andrade and Milana Dudieva under the UFC banner, won the majority of her fights by TKO. Yet, Correia expects her to go for takedowns in Brazil.

"She has a good Muay Thai, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she wanted to take me down,” Correia said. "I don’t know what she wants, but I’m going there to finish her standing or on the ground. I want a performance bonus. My focus is to really destroy her.”

After spending some time training at American Kickboxing Academy in California, Correia returned to the Pitbull Brothers team, and she believes she will perform better now that she’s once again focusing on evolving as a mixed martial artist instead of training for an specific opponent.

"I’m always studying my opponents, watching their fights. But when I focused on my opponents instead of me, I lost,” Correia said. "The fights I won were the ones where I focused on evolving as an athlete. I won’t make the same mistake again. I’ll worry about me, see what I’m doing wrong and where I need to get better. When I train that way, I can do whatever I want."

Correia will fight in her native country for the first time since her first MMA loss to Ronda Rousey in Rio de Janeiro, but she expects her experience in Fortaleza to be completely different than her night against Rousey at UFC 190.

"Fighting at home is great, especially now that I’m fighting at my backyard,” Correia said. "I’m from the Northeast, from Paraiba, and I know it’s going to be completely different than Rio. If I fought Ronda here, the Northeast crowd wouldn’t be split. It would have been different."

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