Ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Marion Reneau heads to Brazil this weekend to take on Bethe Correia. She spoke to Bloody Elbow about the matchup.
After an impressive victory over Milana Dudieva at UFC Fight Night 99 last November, Marion Reneau (7-3) returns at UFC Fight Night 106 this Saturday night in Fortaleza, Brazil. There the 13th-ranked women’s bantamweight will face former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-2).
“She comes forward a lot,” said Reneau to Bloody Elbow when describing her opponent. “She likes to be really aggressive coming forward, but we’ve rarely seen her on the ground.” Among Reneau’s wins are two submission victories, including a triangle choke versus Jessica Andrade in 2015. Reneau hinted that Correia might have a hidden talent for grappling. She wouldn’t be drawn in on whether she saw it as a weakness worth exploiting come fight night.
“We’re looking for a fight,” enforced Reneau. “It’s gonna be a stand-up dog fight. That’s how I foresee it. I just foresee it as two individuals, who really like the stand-up game, who are going to collide in the center of the Octagon.”
In Correia, Reneau finds an opponent whose aggressive style in the cage is mirrored by her reputation for verbal attacks during the lead up to a fight. However, the 39-year-old Reneau’s not too concerned about what Correia has to say; or write on social media. “I’m not following her. I’m not listening to her interviews; so if she has [trash talked] I haven’t heard it,” said Reneau. “The only thing that I have heard that she said about me is that she called me a granny, which I think was kinda funny. She’s used the granny icon on a lot of her posts. So I started using those in my posts too, to kinda mimic and let her know that it doesn’t faze me. She’s only four years younger than me!”
UFC Fortaleza aí vou eu @BelizeanBruiser em meu nordeste que amo!
— Bethe (@bethecorreia) January 13, 2017
She acts like putting up that old lady icon is an insult to me! THAT’S CUTE! GURL PLEASE! LET’S DO THIS https://t.co/cP6vUH7lQG
— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) January 13, 2017
Along with trash talk Correia is known for heated situations at staredowns and weigh-ins. According to Reneau, she couldn’t care less about what Correia does during that part of fight week. “I’m prepared for everything, but that’s not when the fight is. The fight is not during weigh-ins. It’s not during the staredowns. The fight is the following day, so if she does do that, I hope it helps her that day, because it’s not going to help her in the cage.”
Reneau has wanted to fight Correia for sometime, which stems from a remark Correia made a few years ago about wanting to, “dance with the Belizean Bruiser.” Reneau made it clear that she was interested in that fight, but it fell through. Reneau alleged this was because Correia turned it down. Though Reneau is happy to finally get a shot at ‘Pitbull’ in Fortaleza, she was emphatic in stating that this was not because of who her opponent is. “There’s nothing really special about her,” said Reneau, who added that it is Correia’s spot in the top ten that has made her such an appealing target.
UFC Fight Night 106 marks Reneau’s second foray into Brazil. It was in Porto Alegre where she earned her victory over Andrade. Reneau’s last fight, which was punctuated by her first TKO win in the UFC, took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Asked if she was getting used to fighting overseas, Reneau laughed: “You would think, but no way!” Reneau revealed that she loathes long haul flights, stating, “I think my nerves still get to me just a little bit,” during those trips.
Despite the angst over the plane ride, Reneau is excited to get to Brazil. She claimed she was looking forward to seeing a different part of the country, but most of all she is just thrilled to visit the Centro de Formação Olímpica de Nordeste on March 11th, where she’ll meet Correia.
“This fight is going to be a turning point for the women’s bantamweight division,” said Reneau. “I know a lot of people have wanted to see it and they think it’s a great matchup for both of us. It’s definitely the test that both of us need right now in the game, so it’s one of those things that you don’t wanna miss.”
You can catch Marion Reneau take on Bethe Correia on the main card of UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum this Saturday night. The action begins at 10PM ET on FOX Sports 1.