On Saturday, August 30, 2014 tenth-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Bethe Correia (continued) her undefeated streak when she defeated UFC newcomer Shayna Baszler at UFC 177 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
Considered a pioneer in women’s MMA, Baszler made her official promotional debut after competing on The Ultimate Fighter season 18 as a member of Team Rousey. In the opening round Baszler was able to stay away from the power of Correria by smothering her standing up and on the ground for most of round one.
In round two Correia started to fire away shots to the body of Baszler then unloaded a series of combinations forcing referee John McCarthy to stop the fight at 1:56 in round two.
“In the first round, she was grappling with me but I had a chance to adjust,” Correia said through an interpreter. “My corner told me to use my hands and that’s what I did in the second round.”
Coming off a victory over Baszler’s training partner Jessamyn Duke at UFC 172, Brazil’s Correia now has consecutive wins over the team dubbed the “Four Horsewomen”, an MMA Faction of sorts led by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
After the fight Correia motioned to the camera that she defeated another “Horsewomen” and signaled that the belt belongs around her waist. She also had a final message to UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey, “If there is someone who will retire without any losses in the UFC, it will be me!”
In the post fight press conference Dana White indicated that she is on the short list for a fight with Rousey but does not know how soon the two would mix it up in the Octagon. In the meantime White hopes that Correia would remain active.
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