UFC: ‘Don’t Cry,’ Ronda Rousey Tells Bethe Correia After Defeating Her In Just 34 Seconds
Ronda Rousey triumphed in her fight against rival Bethe Correia, delivering what was a knockout victory in just 34 seconds of the first round to retain her UFC bantamweight title.
“I feel it’s a challenge,” Rousey said after the fight. “I want to silence every criticism one at a time, and I think I silenced one tonight.”
Last 3 Victories In 64 Seconds
Rousey, whose last three victories have taken merely 64 seconds, has five first-round wins. This is a record in the UFC history.
Rousey brought down Correia by delivering a right hand to her temple.
“It kind of went how we expected it,” said Rousey.
According to MMA Fighting, Rousey started striking right from the word go. Correia was overwhelmed, facing a shot that sent her backwards. Rousey delivered a combination of body shots, punch combos and knees before she went in for the kill.
“Instead of trying to force the finish, I decided to overwhelm her with striking first so she’d want to clinch first, and that’s exactly what happened,” Rousey said.
At the pre-fight staredown, Correia made an effort to intimidate Rousey, saying “Don’t cry.”
It was after the fight that Rousey, as she was making her way back as the winner, relayed the same sentiment to her opponent, saying “Don’t cry” back to Correia.
“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at the weigh-ins when she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins,” Rousey said.
“She was saying ‘Don’t cry’. So I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said ‘Don’t cry’.
I consider the matter settled. I’m not going to have to think about her ever again after this day and I’m sure she’ll have to think about me plenty. As far as I’m concerned, it’s over and done with.”
However, Correia said she did not have any regrets after the game.
“I don’t regret anything. Everything I said was very sincere,” Correia said.
“It was my point of view and what I believed in. I think I did a great job. The event was wonderful. It wasn’t the result that I wanted, but I think everything that I said was something that I thought.”
Rousey dedicated her win to wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who passed away on Friday. He was 61, according to Fox Sports.
“We lost a good friend yesterday in “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who gave me permission to use his name as a fighter, so I hope him and my father were watching him tonight,” Rousey said.
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