Ronda Rousey: ‘I got 99 problems but a Bethe ain’t one’
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continues to break new ground on seemingly a daily basis with her latest media tour, stopping by ‘The View’ on Monday to talk about her recently announced fight at UFC 190 in Brazil against Bethe Correia.
Less than 48 hours ago, Rousey was actually in Brazil promoting her fight against Correia before flying home and getting ready for an appearance on the popular daytime talk show bright and early Monday morning.
Despite some possible jet lag and maybe lack of sleep, Rousey didn’t waste any time firing off a zinger at her next opponent in the form of a Jay-Z lyric making a play on her name, which of course pleased the crowd to no end.
"I got 99 problems but a Bethe ain’t one," Rousey said when taking a stab at saying Correia’s first name phonetically (Bethe is pronounced ‘Betch’).
While the hosts of ‘The View’ couldn’t get enough of talking about Rousey’s recent destruction of Cat Zingano in only 14 seconds, the women’s bantamweight champion refused to look at Correia as anything less than her next toughest challenge.
Men fight a lot for pride or status, but women, their instinct to fight it’s for survival
— Ronda Rousey
The argument could be made that Correia hasn’t proven she even belongs in the same cage as Rousey given the fact that the combined accomplishments of her three opponents in the UFC is a 1-6 record. Still, Rousey refuses to believe she’s going to just steamroll Correia even if she will walk into the fight somewhere in the neighborhood of a 15-to-1 favorite.
"No one is easy until after you beat them," Rousey said.
Rousey and Correia engaged in a heated staredown at the UFC press conference held over the weekend to begin promoting their fight in August. Rousey also stated last week that her fight at UFC 190 is absolutely personal since Correia earned the shot at the title by beating two of the champion’s teammates and friends.
Rousey believes at the heart of it all, women fighters tend to take everything a little more personally because of a natural instinct that lies at the heart of why they fight in the first place.
"Women fighters are different in that women take things more personally," Rousey said. "The guys, after they’re done fighting, they’ll give each other hugs and a slap on the butt and everything like that and sometimes the girls, they’re still pissed off. Nothing was resolved. They didn’t solve anything
"The women are emotional in a way. The instinct to fight in a woman is different."
Rousey says that women fighters rarely let a grudge go after the fight is over because they are competing for something different than the men.
In other words, don’t expect Rousey to let up on Correia before, during or after their fight is over in August.
"When women fight, we’re programmed to fight to like protect our children," Rousey said. "Men fight a lot for pride or status, but women, their instinct to fight, it’s for survival and protection of their children."