Bethe Correia Apologizes to Ronda Rousey for Suicide Remark

Bethe Correia has apologized to UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for some recent trash talk that referenced suicide. 

Given that Rousey‘s father committed suicide when Rousey was eight years old, Correia‘s comment was, at best, very poorly worded. At worst, the remark was incredibly malicious, a dirty piece of self-promotion that hit far below the belt.

Following a predictable backlash to the comment from many including Rousey herself, Correia took to Twitter Thursday to ask for Rousey‘s forgiveness and to claim that she was not aware of Ron Rousey‘s suicide.

Rousey and Correia are scheduled to fight August 1 at UFC 190 in Brazil.

Correia made her original comments Wednesday to Brazil-based combat sports website Combate (translation h/t to MMA Mania). Her reference to suicide came at the end of a longer rant against Rousey, saying that she hoped Rousey “does not kill herself” after their fight.

I want to humiliate her and show the word she has no MMA. She is focused on movies, books. I am much stronger, I come from a developing country, where people are struggling to survive, not to starve. It is very different from her life of reality. Under pressure, she is proving weak. When her mom put pressure on her, she ran away from home. When she lost, it was because of drugs. That’s not a superhero. She is not mentally healthy, she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on.

Neither fighter is a stranger to dishing out insensitive trash talk. 

Correia has repeatedly taken personal shots at Rousey, taunting the champion about her previous struggles with drug abuse and calling Rouseyselfish.”

The latest comment may make a sympathetic figure out of Rousey, who is notoriously quick to anger over and slow to forgive all slights, real and perceived. She refused to shake hands with rival Miesha Tate after beating Tate for a second time (and belittling Tate for much of the time leading up to their rematch). She has also repeatedly flung performance-enhancing drug allegations at potential rival Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, despite there being no evidence of such usage since Justino failed a drug test back in 2011.

Rousey has also referred to Justino using the “it” pronoun

Rousey is heavily favored to successfully defend her title against Correia.

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UFC Fight Night 67: Where Does Carlos Condit Fit in the New Welterweight Class?

It feels as though Carlos Condit has been gone for years.

In truth, it’s only been 14 months, but so much wholesale change has occurred in his absence that, when Condit returns on Saturday to take on Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 67, it’ll be to a welterweight division where anything seems possible.

Last we saw the Natural Born Killer, he blew out his knee in the second round of a bout against Tyron Woodley at UFC 171. That was March 15 of last year, on the same fight card where Johny Hendricks edged Robbie Lawler to seize control of the 170-pound title recently vacated by Georges St-Pierre.

Remember that? Barely? Sounds like ancient history, right?

Turns out, the post-GSP era has been a rough ride for several of the UFC’s top welterweights.

For starters, Condit’s injury let a lot of the air out of Woodley’s victory over him. Woodley lost his next fight to Rory MacDonald and has been in rebuilding mode ever since. So far, so good, with back-to-back victories over Dong Hyun Kim and Kelvin Gastelum, but he’s still not knocking on the door of a title shot.

Meanwhile, Hendricks tore his biceps at UFC 171 and—after his own rehab stint—promptly lost the championship in a rematch with Lawler at UFC 181. He rebounded to defeat Matt Brown three months later but now has to wait for Lawler to fight MacDonald in July before he can move any further up the ranks.

End result: Condit re-enters a wide-open division this weekend, somehow only 31 years old and still No. 4 on the UFC’s official rankings. Not too shabby, all things considered.

Alves doesn’t necessarily shape up as the sort of opponent who can help his standing much, but Condit definitely needs a win here if he wants to keep himself ensconced among the 170-pound Top Five.

“I think that this definitely solidifies my spot as a contender,” he told MMAjunkie radio this week. “Thiago’s not ranked really high right now, but it’s only because he was out with injuries for a long time. He’s without a doubt one of the top guys in the division. A win over him is going to put me in the running for a title shot soon.”

Somehow also just 31 years old, Alves missed more than two years owing to a litany of injuries and rehab efforts. He returned last April with a decision win over Seth Baczynski, but then missed another 13 months before notching a second-round TKO of Jordan Mein.

But that Mein win now looks better on paper for Alves than it did in practice. The Brazilian endured a tough first round at the hands of the 25-year-old upstart before stunning him with a body kick early in the second stanza. He’ll roll into this meeting against Condit slotted at No. 12, and with a lot to gain if he can defy the 2-1 odds against him, according to Odds Shark.

And perhaps that’s sort of what makes this fight so interesting. Here we have two former top fighters—Alves faced St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100, Condit has been WEC champion and UFC interim champ—both theoretically still in the thick of their athletic primes.

Yet we don’t really know what to expect from either of them.

Things had not been going particularly well for Condit even before his injury. Counting the Woodley loss—and he was losing, right up to the moment the knee want kablammo—he’s just 1-3 dating back to November 2012. There are people who would tell you he also lost his previous fight to Nick Diaz at UFC 143, but that’s a different column for a different day.

Those three losses came against elite-level competition—St-Pierre and Hendricks, before Woodley—but the middling record coupled with the extended absence leaves us wondering where he fits in with a greatly changed welterweight picture.

The first five years of Condit’s UFC career left the impression he was better than almost anyone in his weight class, but not quite as good as the very best. But now, the sudden departure of St-Pierre and an unstable situation at the top could very well reopen the book on him.

Who’s to say Condit couldn’t defeat Lawler, if the two ended up fighting later this year?

Who’s to say he couldn’t top Hendricks or Woodley in a rematch?

Who’s to say he couldn’t beat MacDonald a second time, just like he did when they were both UFC pups back in 2010?

We won’t know for sure until we see him out there with Alves, though it’s possible a realigned 170-pound class ends up benefiting a guy like Condit most of all.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Sees Some of Himself in Conor McGregor

You can count professional-wrestler-turned-A-list-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson among fans of the UFC’s breakout featherweight star, Ireland native Conor McGregor. Speaking with Ireland’s during his media rounds for the film San Andreas, Johnson said he sees a bit of himself in the trash-talking striker.

“I love that guy,” he said in discussing McGregor’s matchup against Jose Aldo at UFC 189. “I love Aldo too…. So Aldo, there’s a quiet confidence, and in Conor the confidence is not quiet, and it reminds me of how I was in the WWE. I was bold and talking s–t, and there is nothing that I wouldn’t say.”

A year ago, McGregor became one of the UFC’s top stars when the organization tapped him to headline a card in his hometown of Dublin opposite Cole Miller (later replaced by Diego Brandao). The event’s success had fans around the world instantly buzzing over the fighter, who was quickly anointed one of the most exciting potential opponents for Aldo, the long-reigning featherweight champion.

Aldo is undefeated since 2005 and has had little difficulty maintaining that streak. He captured the WEC featherweight belt in 2009 (which would become the undisputed UFC featherweight title in 2010) and has defended his crown nine times, most recently against Chad Mendes at UFC 179.

Johnson, of course, is best known by sports fans for his career in WWE, where he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship eight times and had history-making rivalries with Steve Austin and Triple H. He has been a fairly regular sight for MMA fans, however, as he appears at events, discusses fights on social media and occasionally stars in movies alongside women’s MMA pioneers.

McGregor is, of course, poised to face Aldo in July at UFC 189, and Johnson is excited for the fight. “I think the fight is going to be incredible,” he said, adding, “At times I feel like I have seen, we’ve all seen that by the way, Conor getting under Aldo’s skin, it becomes an edge.”

Aldo vs. McGregor is one of the biggest rivalries in recent UFC history and has shined a new light on the featherweight division that wasn’t there 18 months ago. The fight will headline the UFC’s 2015 International Fight Week card alongside the welterweight title bout between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.

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Ronda Rousey Responds to Bethe Correia’s Suicide Remark Ahead of UFC 190

Ronda Rousey, the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, responded early Thursday after upcoming opponent Bethe Correia made a comment about suicide ahead of their meeting at UFC 190.

Jesse Holland of MMA Mania passed along the translated remarks from Correia, which were made to Brazilian outlet Combate: “She is not mentally healthy, she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on (laughs).”

Rousey responded via social media:

Following Rousey’s comments, Correia issued an apology:

Suicide is not an issue to joke about under any circumstances. That said, the comments hit particularly close to home for the undefeated UFC champion because her father committed suicide during her youth.

Rousey is one of the most dominant athletes in sports right now. She holds an 11-0 career MMA record, including a 5-0 mark since joining the UFC. All but one of those victories came within the first round, and her last two triumphs took a combined 30 seconds to complete.   

In other words, she doesn’t need any added motivation heading into a fight. Correia (9-0) provided some anyway in an example of trash talk gone horribly wrong.

UFC 190 is scheduled for August 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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UFC Fight Night 67: Main Card Betting Odds and Predictions

The UFC continues its onslaught of events as the summer heats up, and the next stop is Brazil. UFC Fight Night 67 hits South America on Saturday with an excellent welterweight main event.

No. 4-ranked contender Carlos Condit returns from injury to headline opposite No. 12-ranked Thiago Alves. The two veterans have perfect styles for an action-packed main event. The winner will put himself into title contention, and those high stakes make it a can’t-miss fight.

The co-main event features a Top 10 featherweight clash, a No. 8-ranked Charles Oliveira takes on No. 9-ranked Nik Lentz.

Where is the value on this six-fight main card? We will take a look at the odds and forecast who will be the outright winners at UFC Fight Night 67.

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