UFC bantamweight contender Bethe Correia (9-0) has been doing all she can with her fighting and her trash talk to get the attention her record deserves, and work her way up to a title shot. That's why she believes two-time world title challenger Miesha Tate (15-5) recently singled her out for a future fight.
"I don’t know why she put herself into this story," Correia told media members in Brazil, this week, according to a translation from Guilherme Cruz.
"I think she saw all the attention I was receiving. Tate had two chances against Ronda and lost both twice. She saw that I’m closer to a title shot, so she wants to use that attention."
Even if that is the case, the Brazilian slugger believes that the wrestling-based Tate made a mistake in not just calling Correia out, but in specifically saying she wants a stand-up striking battle with her. "Tate does have good grappling, but she challenged me to a stand-up war," the undefeated fighter explained.
"I hope she doesn’t run away...I won’t run away from the ground because I train a lot of jiu-jitsu and judo, and I believe in my skills, but I love to put my hand on someone’s face, especially when someone challenges me. Tell her to find a better mouthpiece. I hope she comes here to brawl."
Correia said she's happy to take on "Takedown" Tate next. When they do meet, "Pitbull" says she'll beat Tate so convincingly that the whole world will know that she's ready for current champ Ronda Rousey (10-0), next.
"I don’t run from a challenge. The whole world knows who I am," she said.
"Tate’s looking for trouble, and she found it. I will fight her if that’s what the UFC wants, and I will beat her in a way that the whole world knows that Rousey has to be next."