Bethe Correia: Ronda Rousey is a selfish champion
Don't count bantamweight contender Bethe Correia among those impressed with the news that champion Ronda Rousey is set to film another movie, after successfully defending her title this past week at UFC 184. According to the Brazilian, who was in Los Angeles on Saturday to watch Rousey fight Cat Zingano, Rousey's exploration of opportunities outside of the Octagon make her "selfish."
I don't think she's a good champion," Correia said through a translator, while speaking to media backstage at UFC 184.
"I think she's really selfish. She just thinks about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up. I'm not gonna be like this, I'm gonna be a real champ. I'm gonna do something for the people. I'm gonna be the people's champ."
Fellow contender Jessica Eye was also in LA to make her case for a title shot. Correia and Eye seem to be front-runners for the spot, though either would likely have to wait, on account of Rousey's movie plans.
Correia believes that she's the rightful No. 1 contender, and says that she's unsure of what more she could do to convince UFC brass that she should get the next crack at Rousey. "I'm ready. I've done everything that's possible in my way," she said.
"I fought everyone. I challenge everyone. Dana White wants me to samba? Maybe I can do a little samba if that's what you want. I can do everything that is possible to me, because I really, really want this fight."
Among those that the brash Correia has beaten, are Rousey teammates and friends Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. That team grudge angle may help the 31-year-old get her desired shot, as well as the fact that the champ has called her out by name several times.
"I think I am the one that deserves the title shot," Correia explained.
"I made the campaign. I made everything. Ronda also called me out and I think I deserve this. I'm here to get what I deserve."
Though she already feels as though she's made a convincing case for a title shot, Correia isn't above continuing to work to receive it. In her mind, Rousey isn't a champion, at all.
"Every day, I challenge Ronda. I ask for the fight," she concluded.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes. I already feel like the champ. I don't feel like Ronda is the champ. I feel like I'm the one that is the champ and all that is missing is the belt. I'm going to do whatever it takes. I'm going in there to kill her ... if it is what it takes, I'm going to do it."