UFC fans now turn their attention to the organisation’s other mega star in the form of Ronda Rousey, who challenges Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight championship next month.
She battles Nunes for the crown she relinquished to Holly Holm in 2015, before taking a one-year hiatus from the sport and as expected, she has her doubters on whether she can mark her return as a success.
Cris Cyborg has suggested that Rousey should have fought Holm instead, whereas she and Miesha Tate believe The Lioness will retain her gold at UFC 207.
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While Cyborg has seemingly given up on a super fight with Rousey, a former victim of Rousey’s once-impeccable record hasn’t given up hope of meeting her in the Octagon for the second time.
Fans will remember the fiery build-up between the American and Brazil’s Bethe Correia for their title fight at UFC 190, and how she was seen as the one to finally put an end to her reign.
That was until she got knocked out in 34 seconds.
However, she’s now looking to avenge that loss, and perhaps Rousey’s questionable mental state is the reason for her desire to meet again, this time in Sao Paulo.
According to MMA Fighting, she said: “My fight against Ronda left a damage here, and I want to fight more, win more, to have experience.
“In order to have Rousey vs. Correia 2, maybe here in Sao Paolo, so it can be very different, and leave with my head up.”
CALLING OUT TATE
Rousey’s not her only target, as she went on to criticise Miesha Tate on her retirement, following her loss to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, branding her as ‘bipolar’.
She went on to add: “She (Tate) showed she’s bipolar because when the UFC didn’t want her fighting for the belt, she wanted to retire.
“She lost to Raquel and got herself in a bad phase, lost to Amanda, and announced her retirement. When you’re not going the way you want, and you run away from it, that shows weakness.
“I’ve been through a lot of tough moments in the UFC and never wanted to retire. Quite the opposite.
“My history with Miesha Tate is very old.
"First, she called me out as an athlete on social media, and also said a lot of bad things about my personal life, demoralised me as an athlete, and I wanted to fight her, but our paths went different directions.
“I wanted to fight her again, but at that moment she…I even said I’d fight her for free, in any card, in her backyard, really, because I still have the things she said about me stuck in my throat, especially about my loss to Ronda.
“She said some bad things, but in the end, I saw that her attitude, announcing her retirement, that I’m away above her.”
With retirement looming for Rousey, we have to wait and see whether she’ll use one of her final fights to give Correia a rematch – even if it does feel undeserved.
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