Ahead of their bout on the 1st of August at UFC 190, Bethe Correia took her trash talk towards Ronda Rousey too far.
During a recent interview with Brazil-based website Combate, Correia ranted against the undefeated UFC women's Bantamweight Champion, using ammunition taken from Rousey’s newly-released autobiography, ‘My Fight/Your Fight’, such as her addiction to painkillers and alcohol following the end of her Olympic career in 2008:
“I want to humiliate her, show to everyone that she is a lie," Correia wrote. "Under pressure, she proves weak…she ran away from home…when she lost, it was because of drugs."
She is not mentally healthy; she is winning so everybody is around her cheering her, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself (laughs).”
It is well documented that Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was just eight, which is covered in her book, the same book that Correia demonstrates clear knowledge of in the interview.
Response and Apology
Rousey took to twitter to address the comments made by Correia, issuing a warning to the Brazilian challenger:
‘@bethecorreia suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.’
Correia subsequently took to twitter herself to respond directly to Rousey:
‘@RondaRousey Never knew what happened to ur dad. I’m humble enough to ask u for forgiveness. Family is a gody bless to me. See u in #UFC190’
At best, Correia’s comment was careless, reckless and poorly worded. At worst, it was a disgusting promotional tactic aimed at selling their upcoming title fight. Given she commented on other aspects of Rousey’s life detailed in her autobiography, it is hard to imagine Correia had no concept of the tragedy as she claimed.
Although neither fighter is a stranger to hard-hitting trash talk, it is clear that most would agree that even in the often tasteless world of prize fighting, Correia has clearly overstepped the line with her remarks.
The two women headline UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on the 1st of August, with Rousey (11-0) a massive favourite against Correia (9-0).
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