Bethe Correia's campaign against the 'Four Horsewomen' heated up as she was booked to face her second member of the clique.
MMAJunkie.com revealed that the feisty Brazilian has been handed Shayna Baszler for her next fight, nine days after Correira defeated Baszler's stablemate, Jessamyn Duke at UFC 172.
Shortly after the decision was announced in unanimous favour of Correia, she made a hand gesture (holding up four fingers then covering one) that many didn't understand with until she explained in the post-fight conference that it was aimed at the self-titled 'Four Horsewomen of MMA'.
The troupe base themselves of the famous 'Four Horsemen' in wrestling which consisted primarily of legends, Ric Flair, Ole and Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard and were famous all across America during the late 80's and early 90's.
The 'Four Horsewomen' themselves are UFC Women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, who has called herself 'the Ric Flair' of the group, fellow bantamweights, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler, as well as featherweight, Marina Shafir.
Only Shafir isn't contracted to the UFC, this is due to the lack of a women's featherweight division in the UFC, so if Correia takes down Baszler at UFC 176 she could be in for a shot at Rousey.
Correia made easy work of Duke, who Rousey coached on TUF 18, and kept her unbeaten record in tact. Baszler also starred in the TUF 18 on Rousey's team but she lost to the eventual winner Julianna Pena in the second round of competition. Baszler was due to face Sarah Kaufman last month but had to withdraw via injury, instead she'll make her UFC debut against the woman intent on destroying their stable.
The fight weighs heavily in Correia's favour and most expect her to easily see off her second member, giving her a path towards Rousey, who is running out of credible opponents.
Liz Carmouche, Miesha Tate and Sara McMann have all fallen to the champion and should she beat Alexis Davis in July, then that would leave just Cat Zingano as the only top five opponent she hasn't beat.
Zingano is returning from a long-term knee injury and also recently lost her husband, who appeared to have committed suicide in January, so her fighting Rousey straight away wouldn't make a lot of sense.
That leaves Correia and her mission to dismantle the 'Four Horsewomen' as the leading contender for a title shot come winter. Rousey herself says she likes the narrative and I'm sure Correia would love a chance to shock the world and topple the UFC's Golden Girl.
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