Posted July 2, 2015 by Melanie Gale in UFC

Ronda Rousey to Jimmy Kimmel: “If I make the fight fast, that means I like you.”

Undefeated Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey (11-0) is making the rounds of late night talk shows this week, promoting both her upcoming title defense against Bethe Correia (9-0) at UFC 190 on August 1, and her memoir “My Fight/Your Fight.”

Her latest appearance was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she enjoyed watching a clip of her 14-second victory over her last opponent Cat Zingano (9-1) and throwing verbal jabs at Correia.

“I’m kind of a victim to my own success in that I fight above myself the better the competition is,” Rousey said. “So as these girls get better and better, I do better. They’re all studying me, specifically studying me. This chick I’m fighting next I know is doing a lot of judo preparing for my style.”

As MMA fans know, Correia’s smack talk hyping the fight has raised more than a few eyebrows. Her lowest blow was aimed at Rousey’s father’s suicide. Rousey isn’t one to forgive even the smallest slight, let alone “jokes” about her father’s death.

She told Kimmel she promises to destroy and humiliate Correia in her home country of Brazil.

“The thing is, I just want to beat her in the most devastatingly, embarrassing way possible. I’m not afraid to let go of the hometown advantage. She’s much more than a hometown advantage away from beating me.”

Rousey continued, “If I make the fight fast, that means I like you. That’s me at my most merciful. With this next chick that I don’t like, it’s not going to be like that. She’s going to look different walking out than she did walking in.”

Rousey also isn’t afraid of meeting, and probably defeating, Correia on her home turf.

Competing before the notoriously raucous and partisan Brazilian crowds isn’t a new to her, as her experience competing in the Judo World Championships in 2007 shows. “I love the Brazilian crowd. They booed me out of stadiums, they’ve chanted ‘you’re going to die’ to me in Portuguese, but they’ve also been the only crowd to cheer for me. Because the semifinals of the World Championships in 2007, I was fighting a girl that was defending world champion, she was like seven-feet tall, I looked like a hobbit next to her.

She dislocated my arm and I popped it back into place, and I was behind and there’s twenty seconds left and I threw her with the one arm that I popped back in at the last second. Everyone exploded cheering because it didn’t matter that I wasn’t Brazilian or anything like that. It mattered that they saw something great and I love that crowd.”

Rousey is overwhelmingly favored to keep her Bantamweight strap at UFC 190.


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