Bethe Correira said she was on a mission to destroy "The Four Horsewomen" and now she’s taken out two of them back to back after finishing Shayna Baszler with strikes in a very impressive performance at UFC 177.
Baszler started out strong looking for the takedown in the first round and actually locking up a triangle choke from the bottom, but Correia battled out and worked her way back up. Baszler kept pushing and got a takedown to end the round, but couldn’t do any more damage at that point.
The second round was a complete switch from the first as Correia came out heavy handed and started to unload shots on Baszler, eventually catching her with a nice inside elbow that stunned the veteran fighter and left her vulnerable against the cage.
With Baszler clearly stunned, Correia opened up a huge barrage of strikes, just blasting away at her opponent’s face and midsection with very little defense being offered up to stop the onslaught. Baszler refused to go down, but Correia never slowed and as he punches mounted referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy saw enough and stopped the carnage before it got any worse.
"I wanted to leave a message for Ronda (Rousey)," Correia said. "I’m the one that’s going to beat Ronda."
Correia has now taken out Rousey’s two teammates in the UFC with a win over Jessamyn Duke in her last fight as well. While it’s unclear if Correia will actually get the next shot at the belt, she certainly made a strong statement on Saturdya night and if the UFC doesn’t sign Gina Carano soon it would seem the ‘Horsewomen’ killer might be on deck to challenge for the belt.