Speaking at UFC Fight Night 51 in Brazil on Saturday, Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey said she doesn't really care who she'll face next.
Speculation has been rife since she took just 16 seconds to knock out Alexis Davis in Las Vegas back on July 5th. At that time Rousey was asked if she’d be willing to fight at UFC 176 to fill the void of featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who had to drop out of his rematch against Chad Mendes. The scheduled event was eventually postponed.
Rousey, 27, did however, indicate she wanted to take on Bethe Correia from Brazil whose already beaten two of her team mates, revealing: “I want to fight Bethe. I want to fight Bethe in Brazil actually. I think it would be an amazing event and I’d love to be part of it.”
31-year-old Correia has fought twice in the UFC, overcoming both her training partners Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. At the end of each bout she excited the fans by calling out Rousey's name. But far from rattling Ronda, the Champion took it in stride, adding: “I think it’s extremely intelligent of her. I think it’s one of the things that was missing in women’s MMA before I came along and I’m glad that the girls are taking the hint and making themselves a lot more interesting to the fans.
“I think story lines and the back story is extremely important because the fight becomes more of who is athletically better. It becomes about who is right, and the fans pick favourites. It becomes personal with fans as well. I think it’s very smart what she’s doing. She’s not going to get away with it, but it’s very intelligent.
“I definitely think she’s ready to challenge me. I think she’s one of the best in the division. She’s a top contender, and as soon as Dana (White) thinks it’s her time, I’m ready to fight her.”
Currently ranked ninth in the women’s 135-pound division, Correia has two UFC fights coming up, but Rousey wants a fight and believes the South American is ready to take her on.