Ronda Rousey is set to defend her UFC title in front of a foreign crowd for the first time.
The undefeated champ has been booked to face off against Bethe Correia at UFC 190, which will take place in Brazil. It gives Correia the home crowd advantage heading into the biggest fight of her career and she'll need every advantage she can get.
Bookies have made Rousey an overwhelming favourite over Correia, despite Correia also being undefeated. Many people point to Correia's lack of a win over an established name in the division, with the fight being made on more of a WWE basis rather than the being the best fighter.
This is all personal
Rousey has made her intentions clear with this fight and it isn't one she's taken based on Correia's skill level alone, it's personal.
“I would definitely say this is a personal fight,” said Rousey at a recent press conference.
“My dad had a great saying when someone needed to be shown what’s up. He would say, ‘This person needs to have a come-to-Jesus meeting.’ Bethe is going to have her own come-to-Jesus meeting in Brazil.”
Since her UFC debut, Correia has put herself on the warpath to Rousey by saying she's going to destroy the 'Four Horsewomen'. The 'Four Horsewomen' is wrestling fanatic Rousey's nod to the classic stable from the 80's and 90's, that was headed by Ric Flair.
Her version consists of herself and her teammates - Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir. Correia has beaten both Duke and Baszler and with Shafir being in a different weight class, that just leaves Rousey to fight.
While it's a natural conclusion to a story, it should be viewed as no more than stepping stone for Rousey as the UFC tries to find her another challenger.
Who is possibly left for Rousey to face after this?
Many are looking outside of the UFC's division towards another Brazilian, Cris 'Cyborg' Justino, who has been in war of words for years with Rousey. However, Justino has several difficulties that make a drop to bantamweight near impossible, so her only hope is to goad Rousey into stepping up a bit in weight.
There's also the potential for Gina Carano to step back into the cage. She was rumoured to be in talks with the UFC last year but they broke down. In my opinion the UFC could do with shelling out for Carano.
Or maybe Rousey fights Leila Ali, the daughter of Muhammed Ali, who is a former undefeated women's boxing champion, who was involved in a spat with Rousey. Still, Correia remains the next opponent ahead and Rousey isn't the type to second guess an adversary, so expect another well executed game plan and if possible, another arm-bar finish.
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