UFC 177: Correia Tops Baszler, Rousey Wants Next




SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Women’s bantamweight No. 10 contender Bethe “Pitbull” Correia (9-0) continued her rise up the rankings in the UFC women’s bantamweight division and her quest to personally dismantle “The Four Horsewomen” of mixed martial arts with her destruction of Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (15-9) at UFC 177 on Saturday.

The fight didn’t start out well for the Brazilian who was the victim of a first round take down at the hands of Baszler who worked hard and almost locked a submission on Correia before the 31-year-old got the fight back up. Baszler then forced the fight to the cage and was winning the chess match at that point and nearly caught another submission before the round ended.

However, the second round was different as Correia came out firing in the stand-up and leveled several shots that forced Baszler into the cage. Correia continued landing a barrage of punches until referee John McCarthy stopped the fight at 1:56 of the second round.

The Brazilian had completed step two of her quest that began with a win over Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke at UFC 172 in April. “The Four Horsewomen” are self-proclaimed as such with the ‘Ric Flair’ of the group being UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Duke, Baszler and up and comer Marina Shafir round out the group.

The Brazilian’s post-fight antics have definitely gotten the attention of the women’s bantamweight champion.

“You know Ronda. As soon as [Bethe] started talking she texted me and ‘I want that fight. I want it before somebody else beats her’,” said UFC President Dana White, “I said, ‘Calm down, lady. You got other people to fight.’ We’ll figure it out. Ronda wants that fight too.”

“I don’t think Bethe moves up because of the rivalry. I think Bethe moves up because of what she did tonight,” continued White on Corriea’s potential move up in the rankings, “That was crazy. I haven’t seen anything like that since Baroni/Menne. She looked good tonight. That’s what’s going to get her a fight with Rousey.”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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