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Correia: Brazil crowd was ‘against me’ during Ronda Rousey fight

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Bethe Correia comments on her upcoming fight against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 106.

It’s not exactly in her home state of Paraiba, but Bethe Correia will fight in the capital of neighbor state Ceara, in the city of Fortaleza, both in the Northeast region of Brazil. This is a very welcome change for her, as Correia believes this time around will be different than the time she challenged Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight title in Rio de Janeiro, back at UFC 190 where the crowd greatly favored the champion.

Now, in her final preparations to take on Marion Reneau, Correia told Combate she looks forward to having the crowd on her side.

“I can’t even tell what it is like, because when I fought in Brazil, I had the crowd against me. I don’t remember having the crowd on my side. When I fight in the USA, I get a lot of sympathy from the fans from Americans, but this is different. This has a special taste, fighting in the Northeast. Being home, with my family, I won’t have to travel or deal with a different weather.

“I love Fortaleza, I used to go there a lot for fun. I always pictured myself fighting in the Northeast. I love it, it’s going to be great. I believe this time will be cool, I really want to listen to that crowd and receive their energy.”

Bethe Correia will take on Marion Reneau on the main card of Fight Night 106, in Fortaleza, Brazil, on March 11. The card will be headlined by a middleweight fight between Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum.

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