Ronda Rousey stated in the post-UFC 190 press conference that she considered the matter between her and Bethe Correia “settled”, but according to her mentor she was not entirely satisfied with the level of punishment she inflicted on the Brazilian.
Knocking a rival unconscious in 34 seconds is about as definitive a way of settling a score as there is. For Ronda Rousey, however, relieving Bethe Correia of her consciousness and embarrassing her in front of her home fans was not good enough.
Or so says Judo legend, Gene LeBell.
Whilst a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, LeBell stated that Rousey was actually a little disappointed with the outcome of the Rio showdown. “She wanted to beat this gal up, and she said, ‘I wasn’t through, I wanted to break something, an arm or a leg or neck'”, claimed the martial arts veteran. “But John McCarthy broke it up because she was unconscious”, he added.
Lucky for Bethe.
The extremely personal nature of the feud inspired Rousey to claim during the build up that she wanted to give Correia a prolonged beating. This looked like bluster when she went out and dispatched of her foe in a matter of seconds.
Then again, against Rousey, 34 seconds is a drawn out beating. After all, it did last longer than her previous two fight combined.
They say great fighters have to have a degree of nastiness in them. The “Rowdy” women’s bantamweight champion certainly seems to have plenty, especially if LeBell’s account is accurate.
In the interview, LeBell also talked about Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Miesha Tate, and his late pal “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. You can watch and listen to it in it’s entirety here….
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