That’s the taunt Ronda Rousey echoed back to Bethe Correia after knocking her out in just 34 seconds of the first round in the headline event of UFC 190 last Saturday.
Correia had shouted “Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Don’t cry. I’m going to knock you out. You’re going to drop from my punches.” at Rousey during the official weigh in. Rousey just stared back at her, silently, radiating rage.
When the bell rang Rousey and Correia came out swinging. Correia landed several good shots but Rousey drove her back to the cage landing accurate and powerful blows.
Correia crumpled under the assault and collapsed, face-first into the mat. Referee, big John McCarthy had seen enough after only 34 seconds, and pulled Rousey away from her crumpled opponent.
This victory cements the fact that Rousey is in a league of her own. Period. The only fighter currently on the roster who has even a chance at taking her belt is Miesha Tate, who has already been beaten by the Champ twice.
In all of WMMA the only other potential threat to Rousey’s dominance is Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, Current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion.
It was announced that Cyborg has been signed to the UFC, but will be required to have at least one fight at the 135 lb Bantamweight class in Invicta before she’d be allowed to fight Rousey. Until Cyborg can get into position to challenge Rousey it appears that no one will be able to unseat the undisputed queen of WMMA.
The first fight between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was one of the classics and one of the most celebrated fights in MMA history.
Their second meeting will not go down in the history books with such reverence, that’s for sure. Both fighters showed their age, and experience, as they didn’t recklessly commit and exchange as they had done in their first meeting.
Shogun came out carefully, setting up his striking well and landing several nice leg kicks in the first round. Near the end of the round Nogueira landed a vicious left hand that wobbled Shogun but he was unable to put him away.
Rua came back hard in the second with some crisp striking and landing a takedown that definitely won him the round. The third round was more of the same, though Nogueira managed to tie up Shogun several times and secured a guillotine choke that he was sadly unable to finish.
The judges gave Shogun the nod by Unanimous Decision after the finish of the fight.
In what was the most exciting and dynamic fight of the night, Reginaldo Vieira defeated Dileno Lopes to win the Bantamweight Ultimate Fighter Championship.
Both fighters came out swinging wildly, throwing and landing several hard punches before tying up against the cage.
In a stunning grappling exchange, Dileno Lopes secured an arm-in guillotine choke which was reversed by Vieira, landing his own arm-in guillotine. Lopes then reversed that position again and once again caught Vieira in a guillotine!
The pace of the fight slowed after that, but, both fighters displayed tremendous heart and determination, with both grinding out performances which led to a truly exciting fight to watch.
We’ll definitely be seeing more of each of these guys in the cage again.
The full results were as follows:
- Ronda Rousey vs Bethe Correia – Rousey by KO
- Mauricio Rua vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Rua by Unanimous Decision
- Glaico Franca vs Fernando Bruno – Franca by Rear Naked Choke
- Reginaldo Vieira vs Dileno Lopes – Vieira by Unanimous Decision
- Stephan Struve vs Minotauro Nogueira – Struve by Unanimous Decision
- Antonio Silva vs Soa Palelei – Silva by KO
- Claudia Gadelha vs Jessica Aguilar – Gadelha by Unanimous Decision