Former title challenger Bethe Correia still wants a rematch with Ronda Rousey, but doubts the former champion will return.
UFC 190 turned out to be a short night for Bethe Correia, but she lives with the outcome to this day.
On that night, Correia fought former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for the title, losing by knockout in less than a minute. Even though that fight was a year and a half ago, the landscape is now drastically different after Rousey’s back-to-back losses to Holly Holm and current champion Amanda Nunes.
Following her fight against Marion Reneau on Saturday night in Fortalza, Correia discussed her sympathies for her former opponent after the crushing loss at UFC 207
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“I’m her rival, I’m her enemy in the sport and in the personal area for everything that happened between us, but even enemies respect each other,” the Brazilian said. “The way she lost, I felt what she felt. It was similar to what I went through, a sub-minute loss, being caught in a way that you lose control.”
Still, she has a desire to fight Rousey once more. Unfortunately, Correia doubts the opportunity will present itself and believes Rousey is now truly and completely done with the sport.
“I hope she would come back because I want a rematch with her,” Correia said. “We have unfinished business, things to settle. But I believe she won’t come back. I always said she was too vain and wasn’t mentally strong enough to lose. I think her vanity was an issue against Amanda. She thought she could go back and trade with her. She’s too vain to accept the defeat and start over. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have the rematch, but I’d love that.”
Correia just fought to a draw against Marion Reneau this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 106, and is currently ranked at #9. After the December loss, Rousey is still ranked at #3. While Rousey hasn’t officially announced any retirement, no plans of any sort in terms of returning to fighting have been made public either.