Pro tip: Don’t piss off Ronda Rousey. She’ll make you pay for it.
Bethe Correia, Rousey’s opponent at Saturday’s UFC 190, has been running her mouth since the fight was announced. In May, she made headlines when she joked that she hoped Rousey “does not kill herself” when she drops her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship, a jab that went too far by just about any measure, especially considering Rousey’s father took his own life when she was only eight years old.
Naturally, Rousey didn’t take kindly to that comment and sent out a warning that would make LeBron James keel over in fear. Correia quickly backtracked and apologized for the remark, but the damage was done.
Now, days before the fight, Correia is making headlines once again – because apparently you can’t have too big of a target on your back heading into the Octagon with the deadliest fighter in the world. In an interview with Fox Sports, Correia claimed that Rousey’s reaction to the “kill herself” comment was an act – “She’s on her way to being a big Hollywood star,” the woman known as “Pitbull” growled – and said much of her opponent’s celebrity is a fabrication of the media. And despite what the oddsmakers are saying, Correia thinks Rousey is anything but unbeatable…in fact, she believes she’ll be the fighter who finally takes her down.
Rousey has different plans, of course. In an interview with TMZ, she appeared as cool as a cucumber and basically said that she intends to make Correia suffer by dragging the beating out as long as possible. In her words: “It’s definitely not going to be an Instagram fight.”
That’s good news for us pay-per-viewers, but bad news for the one who’s getting pummeled.
“If I beat you quickly, that’s me at my nicest and most merciful,” Rousey said. “That means you get to go home unscathed with a paycheck. If I make the fight last longer, that means I don’t like you and I want you to go home looking different than the way you walked in. And I don’t like this chick.”
Sorry Bethe, but you asked for this.