Former bantamweight title contender Bethe Correia promises to be a different fighter when she steps inside the Octagon Saturday.
Back in action eight months after a stunning loss to Ronda Rousey in Rio de Janeiro and taking on Raquel Pennington at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, Correia moved from Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, to California to train at American Kickboxing Academy, and found out she wasn’t doing it right.
“I can call this a camp of discoveries for me,” Correia told MMA Fighting. “I found out a lot about myself, my mistakes and flaws. I never knew that much about myself as I do now. It’s going to be a complete different Bethe Correia. I tried to fix my mistakes every day, things I didn’t see before. I have evolved a lot compared to my last fight.”
Correia started training mixed martial arts in 2012, and needed only nine wins in three years to challenge Rousey for the UFC championship. “Pitbull” came up short at UFC 190, and feels that moving to the United States and training with some of the best in the world, including UFC champions Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier, will finally get her ready for the next level.
“It’s impossible not to evolve at AKA,” she said. “It’s a gigantic gym, full of high-level athletes in all areas, with different mindsets. Watching how champions train, getting tips from all of them… I have evolved a lot being surrounded by so many different fighters.
“The energy is so strong you feel excited to learn and train hard. I feel like I have twice the knowledge I had before. I’m more confident on the ground, found openings in my striking. I’m more confident now. And what I’ve been through in my last fight made ….View full article
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