Ronda Rousey wants to fight Bethe Correia.
Correia remains undefeated after beating Shayna Baszler on Saturday night. She said before the fight that she saw the Baszler bout as a stepping stone to a fight with Rousey, the current titleholder.
“I was training to fight [at UFC 176], and I was ready, but they changed the dates and made me hungrier than ever to fight and do what I have to do,” Correia told MMAFighting.com.
“I had more time to prepare, and I’m going to take it out on her,” she added, laughing. Correia defeated “Four Horsewoman” Jessamyn Duke at UFC 172, and has an overall 10-0 record.
“I’m not in the UFC to be just another fighter. I will get to the title one way or the other. I will get there. I want a title shot and I will get there by talking or fighting – or both. I want the title and nobody can stop me,” Correia said.
“Ronda believes in herself, and the others get in there afraid of her. I’m not. I’m not afraid of her. She needs to face someone that looks into her eyes and says ‘you can’t beat me.’ Everything I do, I do with confidence. I’m not saying I’m better than anyone. She can be more technical than me, but it doesn’t make me feel less confident in myself. I 100 percent believe in everything I do.”
Dana White, the UFC president, said in an interview on Fox Sports after the bout on Saturday night that Rousey texted him saying that she wants to beat Correia before anyone else can.
But White added that he told Rousey to “calm down” and said Rousey will likely fight Cat Zingano next, provided Zingano wins at UFC 178.
If that win doesn’t happen, a bout with Correia could very well be on the way.