Ronda Rousey on Bethe Correia: “I’ve never wanted to beat someone so badly in my life.”
By Sydnie Jones
Echoing sentiments previously expressed, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (11-0) told Ariel Helwani that her upcoming fight against Bethe Correia (9-0) has become “extremely personal” and she’s “never wanted to beat someone so badly in (her) life.” The two will meet at UFC 190 on August 1. Correia triggered a thirst for vengeance in Rousey after saying she hoped Rousey “does not kill herself” following a victory for Correia. Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was a child.
Correia apologized, claiming she hadn’t known. But Rousey neither forgave her nor believed the apology was sincere, telling Helwani, “I don’t know if I’m more offended by what she said or her phony apology to save face for herself, which wasn’t even an apology. She just complimented herself, called herself humble and asked for forgiveness; I mean, that’s not even an apology.”
Rousey also reiterated her intent to make Correia pay for the remarks. “And I’m definitely not going to finish her off quickly, I want to make sure she remembers every second of that day.”
Last week, Rousey posted a graphic comparing the two fighters, along with this terrifying promise:
“Your disrespect to my father, family and friends is not forgotten. I am your comeuppance. And this will not be over quickly. I will make sure you feel every moment of the lesson I’m going to teach you.”
Rousey’s last two fights combined totaled 30 seconds. How long she intends to toy with Correia before putting her out of misery remains to be seen.
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