According to an April 27 report from MMA Junkie, fast-rising bantamweight contender Bethe Correia has her eyes set on the rest of "The Four Horsewomen" clan, after defeating Jessamyn "The Gun" Duke during the preliminary card of UFC 172. Correia, 30, says she felt disrespected by the group, due to messages she was receiving on her social media pages.
Since Duke's nickname is "The Gun," many "Four Horsewomen" supporters were tweeting to Correia that she "shouldn't play with guns" or she might get hurt. After defeating Duke via unanimous decision, Correia had a simple message for "Four Horsewomen" supporters: "I'm bulletproof."
Correia jumped into the top 15 in the UFC's female bantamweight division by taking out Duke, and she's hoping for a top 10 contender next. Correia has been going back-and-forth with WMMA legend and Four Horsewomen member Shayna Baszler via Twitter, so that's certainly a possible future fight for her.
After Correia beat Duke, she held up four fingers and then put one down as if to gesture that she wants a crack at the rest of the three ladies in "The Four Horsewomen." And just like that, a new great feud was born. The WMMA community needed something to replace the Miesha Tate vs Ronda Rousey drama, so Correia deserves props for creating some heat in the division.
History shows that fight fans love fights featuring real-life rivals, so the Correia vs Four Horsewomen feud will surely catch people's attention. Correia wants to fight Baszler next, but she's also hoping for a future fight with Rousey, the current UFC bantamweight champ.
Realistically, Correia would need to beat Baszler and probably one other top contender before getting the opportunity to fight Rousey. The only other member of the "Four Horsewomen" is Marina Shafir, who currently competes at 145 pounds. Since Shafir is in a different weight class than Correia, it's unlikely they'll ever fight each other.
At present time, Baszler is rehabbing from injury and there's no word on when she'll return to action. In the meantime, the UFC might want to set Correia up with a fight against another top 10 contender, perhaps someone like Miesha Tate or Liz Carmouche.
Even if the UFC opts to do so, it's unlikely Correia will take her focus off the Rousey clan. "They were tweeting and provoking me all the time," Correia said in her post-UFC 172 scrum. "One of them is called a ‘weapon' in Brazil - the way we translate it - and I just want to say that I'm bulletproof. One is already gone. I am ready for three more."