On August 30, 2014 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, undefeated UFC fighter Bethe Correia faced Shayna Baszler, who attempted to avenge teammate Jessasmyn Duke, who lost to Correia at UFC 172. At UFC 177, Correia delivered a strong a performance against Baszler and moved closer to a title shot against UFC Champion Ronda Rousey.
Since beating Duke in April 2014 at UFC 172, Correia has become an enemy of the Four Horsewomen, a group which consists of Duke, Baszler, Rousey, and Marina Shafir. Correia has expressed an interest in fighting all the Horsewomen and working her way up to Rousey for a title shot. Shafir, however, is the only Horsewoman who is not signed with the UFC, so Rousey is the only Horsewoman remaining in the UFC.
In the first round against Baszler, Correia struggled on the ground. Baszler tried to lock in a triangle choke, but Correia patiently defended the submission and managed to survive Baszler’s grappling.
In the second round, Correia found Baszler’s back against the cage and punished Baszler with a barrage of punches. Referee “Big” John McCarthy stopped the fight after seeing Baszler take too many shots to the face and body.
After defeating Baszler, Correia said she had a message for the undefeated Rousey.
She said, “I’m the one that’s going to beat Ronda.”