It’s pretty plain and simple at this point: Ronda Rousey is must-see-TV.
The reigning UFC female bantamweight champion steps back inside the Octagon this Saturday night at UFC 190, defending her title against unbeaten challenger Bethe Correia.
Most view Correia as just another stepping stone towards achieving perfection for Rousey, and at this point, how can you blame them?
Since being “pushed” to the third round back in late 2013 vs. arch-rival Miesha Tate, Rousey (11-0) has spent a total – A TOTAL – of 96 seconds inside the Octagon over three fights.
In early 2014, she scored a TKO finish vs. fellow Olympic medalist Sara McMann in just 1:06. A few months later, “Rowdy” unleashed hell on Alexis Davis, besting her in 16 seconds.
To start 2015, Rousey topped her “toughest challenge to date” in the eyes of many, Cat Zingano, in a whopping 14 seconds. The win was the quickest in UFC title-fight history, as the former Olympic bronze medalist earned her ninth win via armbar.
Correia has taken a different approach than anybody else to facing Rousey outside of maybe Tate. The Brazilian has picked off a pair of her teammates, calling out the champion whenever she can.
Also, Correia has taken shots at Rousey in regards to her status atop the female MMA world, the suicide of her father and many other non-fighting related items.
What does all this mean? In the eyes of many, myself included, it means that Rousey is going to do what she does best: unleash a flurry on Correia and make her pay.
And that my friends, is why you should care about Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia this weekend.
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