UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey scored a vicious first round knockout of Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC 190, according to an Aug. 2 report from the Los Angeles Times. Rousey, 28, left Correia in a crumpled, unconscious heap on the canvas, after blasting her with knees and punches to the face.
The ref called a stop to the action at the 34-second mark of the very first round, as Rousey (12-0) finished Correia with strikes. She showed off an impressive standup game, never resorting to her judo skills to earn the victory.
Rousey, a heavy favorite heading into the fight, left little doubt who the top female 135-pounder in the world is. She beat Correia in the Brazilian’s hometown, proving that home-field advantage doesn’t really exist in MMA. What’s next for Rousey? Her win over Correia proved she’s a well-rounded fighter, with an impressive standup game and the poise to succeed in hostile territory.
The star judoka advances to a fight against Miesha Tate, her longtime rival. Rousey has already defeated Tate twice, but the UFC is setting up a trilogy fight because the Washington native worked her way back up into the title picture.
Tate beat Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann and Jessica Eye, to earn another crack at Rousey. Let’s be honest: Rousey and Tate never squashed their real-life feud, so it’s still a fight that has some bite.
The trilogy fight between Rousey and Tate could happen as soon as this winter, but the UFC hasn’t made any official announcement yet. Elsewhere at UFC 190, Brazilian legend Maurício Rua scored a unanimous-decision victory over Antônio Rogério Nogueira.
UFC 190 also featured a huge wins by Antônio Silva and Stefan Struve, in heavyweight action. However, the night clearly belonged to Rousey, a former Olympian and current Hollywood movie star. Rousey was able to add another highlight-reel finish to her impressive resume.