Rousey V Correia – UFC 190 Preview
The run up and marketing for UFC 190 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Sat Aug 1st has been as hyperbolic and dramatic as ever.
“I don’t just want to defeat her, I want her to leave the arena embarrassed…” said Rousey, at the UFC 190 press conference.
The heat and anger displayed by Rousey in her statements to the press has been fueled by the statements made by her opponent, Bethe Correia.
Speaking to a Brazilian website, Correia boasted that
“[Rousey] can’t handle pressure. I will give her the opportunity to try and get the belt back. Please don’t kill yourself. Don’t commit suicide. I will give you a rematch.”
Later, on learning that Ron Rousey, Ronda’s father had committed suicide Correia apologized and went on to say that
“I think Ronda took it out of context. She likes to be out there and make things like that up to maybe get herself ready. But I didn’t say anything out of disrespect or to get to her in any way.”
Rousey for her part seems have only gained fire from the apparent insult stating that
“She’s going to walk out looking different than she did walking in.”
By all accounts, she is heavily expected to do just that. Rousey has finished all but one of her last five opponents in the first round. Her famed grappling skills seem to be more on point than ever, dispatching dangerous strikers like Cat Zingano and highly pedigreed grapplers like Olympian Sara McMann with ease.
That said, on paper Bethe Correia possesses all the skills necessary to be a dangerous opponent for the champion. Correia has tremendous striking power and precision when she’s able to put her combinations together, combined with a decent grappling skill set could easily allow her to hurt Rousey early.
If she can avoid the clinch and takedowns or if Rousey does as she’s stated and stands and strikes with the challenger then it could be a toss-up. The champion has had trouble with technical strikers like Miesha Tate (the only woman to take her out of the 1st) before and could face a tough challenge in the Brazilian.
In what might be the most intriguing matchup of the night, we have Stefan Struve up against Minotauro Nogueira.
Both fighters have lost their last two outings in the Octagon and this fight could easily be either of their last. At first glance it would seem that the 39-year-old Nogueira is being offered up as a rebound fight for the younger 27 year old.
Struve, however, has had health problems the most recent of which, fainting spells, that prevented him from fighting Matt Mitrione at UFC 175. Added to that, Struve has had nearly the same number of fights as the Pride veteran.
Both fighters have fought just once in the last year, meaning that ring rust should be an equal factor for both contestants.
The real question is how prepared can Minotauro be for the towering Dutchman this late in his career, and how much does each fighter want to preserve their tenure in the UFC?
Struve is considered to be the underdog here, though I would point out that his massive reach advantage could easily allow him to frustrate and wear down his older opponent.
The younger brother of Minotauro, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is also fighting on this card, facing another former Pride champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
At first blush this seems to be a fight between two former-greats seeking to remain in the mix and earn a payday. Both fighters have managed to remain shockingly relevant in the rankings in the light heavyweight division. Rua is currently ranked 8th, Nogueira 11th.
Rua is attempting to recover his momentum after being choked unconscious by Ovince Saint Preux and Rogerio from being knocked out by Anthony Johnson in the first round.
It’s another very even matchup, with just about everything on the line for these fighters. A strong performance here could return each of them to the running for a title shot, which is probably the last opportunity they will have in their long careers.
Nogueira is considered to be the favorite to win this fight by a narrow margin but the famously durable fighter has lost much of his trademark ability to absorb punishment in recent years. Rua is a celebrated striker able to put together 86% of his wins by KO. I think this is anyone’s fight and we’re sure to see fireworks!
In a heavyweight matchup, Soa Palelei will face off against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in what could easily be the fight of the night.
Both fighters are strong heavyweights and are accomplished knockout artists: Soa has won 4 of his last 5 bouts via KO. Silva’s last two victories came by way of knockout as well.
That said, Silva has lost his last 2 outings in the UFC by KO as well, before that drawing against Mark Hunt and losing to the current Champion, Cain Velasquez.
This matchup is about Silva attempting to remain relevant in a division stacked with dangerous men, and Palelei attempting to make his bid to enter the running for a title shot.
I give Palelei the advantage in this fight as he is entering with the momentum of wins behind him and Silva is most definitely vulnerable to the punching power that he can bring to bear.
Claudia Gadelha is going to meet Jessica Aguilar in the exciting and dynamic women’s strawweight division.
This is a matchup between the #1 ranked contender in the UFC, Gadelha and the #1 ranked contender from the WSOF, Aguilar.
In many ways, this fight displays the hesitance to truly highlight WMMA as an integral part of their roster as this fight should have been the co-main event. Two top male contenders would have been prominently featured in any other fight card.
Still, this fight shows promise to be a truly classic matchup.
Jessica Aguilar brings a complete and diverse game to bear, with striking, wrestling and ground skills that any fighter should be weary of.
Claudia Gadelha showed that she can strike with a world-class kickboxing when she took current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk to a decision in December this year, taking her down and putting her in serious jeopardy several times.
I give the advantage to Claudia in this fight as her dominant takedown skills and excellent striking should allow her to take the victory.
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My picks are:
- Ronda Rousey
- Stephen Struve
- Mauricio Rua
- Soa Palelei
- Claudia Gadelha