Ronda Rousey KOs Correia In 34 Seconds At UFC 190
Ronda Rousey earned her sixth UFC title defense on Saturday night (August 1), with a knockout win over Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.
This time, it took the UFC women's batamweight champ just 34 seconds to KO the challenger.
Her three previous title defenses were over in a combined 96 seconds. Rousey (12-0) also holds the UFC record for quickest finish in a title fight, at 14 seconds. All but one of her professional bouts have ended in the first round.
"I planned to, instead of forcing into a clinch, overwhelm her with striking first, so she would want to clinch -- and that's exactly what happened," Rousey said after the fight. "She went for the clinch, and it was up to me to go for the takedown or keep [striking]."
From the opening bell, Rousey was on the attack, rushing out of her corner and throwing right hands at Correia. While she missed on her first three, it put Correia on the defensive... and eventually landed right uppercut. The champ would follow with a hard left hook to the body and head... and then, a right cross that dropped Correia and ended the fight.
After winning, Rousey mentioned professional wrestling icon Roddy Piper, who passed away Friday (July 31) following a heart attack. Rousey's fight nickname, "Rowdy," was adopted from Piper.
"We lost a close friend," Rousey said. "'Rowdy' Roddy Piper gave me permission to use his name. I hope he had a good time watching this today."
Reports say Miesha Tate (17-5), Rousey's only opponent to make it out of the first round, is expected to fight the champ next. The two have met twice before, once for the Strikeforce title in March 2012 -- Rousey won both fights via armbar.