Bethe Correia’s brilliant decision to target the Four Horsewomen after beating Jessamyn Duke earlier this year got her a fight with another Ronda Rousey’s teammate Shayna Baszler, and a second-round TKO victory made the UFC bantamweight champion ask to fight her. I’m really happy with my win and my performance. I pleased the crowd, and that’s what matters to me, Correia told MMAFighting.com after her win over Baszler at UFC 177 in Sacramento.
It was an exciting fight. I also pleased Dana White, he praised my performance, so I completed my mission. I wanted the knockout. Correia’s third win under the UFC banner didn’t come easy, though, as she had to escape from Baszler’s ground game in the opening round. I knew she would try to grapple with me, and she made it pretty clear in the beginning of the fight, she said. I didn’t do well in the beginning, and played her game, but I stayed calm and did what I do best in the second round: trade punches.
The Brazilian bantamweight improved to 9-0 in MMA with this win, and she felt she had to finish a fight to move up the rankings. Prior to UFC 177, Pitbull had only one finish in eight bouts, and going the distance doesn’t always impress. Every fighter wants a knockout. Everybody wants to win by knockout, she said. Winning by decision is also good because you dominate someone for three rounds, and that’s impressive, but people give you more credit if you finish the fight by knockout or submission.
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