Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia Reportedly Headlines UFC 190
Bethe Correia has been hounding the UFC for a shot at women's bantamweight chamion Ronda Rousey. Rousey has said that she wants to fight Correia and beat her on the Brazilian's home turf.
It looks like both women are going to get what they're asking for.
Brazilian outlet Globo reported on Thursday that the UFC is set to announce Rousey vs. Correia as the headliner for UFC 190, the promotion's next pay-per-view offering in Brazil, during a press conference on Friday. UFC 190 is slated for Aug. 1 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Rousey (11-0) is fresh off of her 14-second victory over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 in February, but is taking a break from fighting for the near term. She has a lead role in the upcoming film Mile 22. Setting the fight for Aug. 1, however, would seem to be perfect timing for her schedule.
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Also undefeated, Correia (9-0) has been calling for a shot at Rousey for quite some time. She is on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC, including her two most recent victories being over Rousey teammates Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke.
Another Brazilian news site, Tatame.com, is reporting that the UFC also has plans to put a light heavyweight rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira together on the UFC 190 fight card. The two last fought under the Pride Fighting Championships banner in 2005, when Shogun won a unanimous decision.
Shogun (22-10) is currently in the midst of a coaching role on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 opposite Rogerio's brother Rodrigo. He would enter the fight on the heels of a two-fight skid, losing back-to-back bouts to Dan Henderson and Ovince St. Preux.
Nogueira (21-6) is coming off of a knockout loss to No. 1 UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson.