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Bethe Correia has Ronda Rousey's attention ... and that might not be good for Bethe Correia

MMA women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, talks with

MMA women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, talks with reporters after meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state leaders urging them to join the 49 other states in legalizing the sport at the state Capitol on Monday, March 23, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Credit: AP / Hans Pennink

ALBANY - Of some opponents, Ronda Rousey speaks in complimentary tones and praises their talent and toughness.

And then there's Bethe Correia, against whom Rousey will defend her UFC women's bantamweight title on Aug. 1 at UFC 190 in Brazil.

"She's made it personal,'' Rousey said Monday in the Capitol after wrapping up the first of a two-day lobbying effort to legalize MMA in New York. "She's definitely gone out of her way to be as insulting to me as possible. I understand from a marketing perspective why she thinks that being in a dispute with me would make her seem more important and get fast-tracked to the title shot.''

Rousey views this fight as personal. Correia (9-0, 3-0) beat two of Rousey's friends -- they call themselves the "four horsewomen of MMA'' -- and then talked tough about it afterward. Correia beat Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler in 2014 and began campaigning for a title fight. (Remaining "horsewoman'' Marina Shafir is not on the UFC roster.)

Correia also said late last year that she'd knock out Rousey in the first round and "do her a favor'' by removing a mole from Rousey's face with her fists.

"Come knocking on the devil's door long enough, and someone's going to answer it,'' Rousey said. "And that's me.''

Angering Rousey, the undefeated champion (11-0, 5-0 UFC) and former Olympic bronze medalist in judo, might not be the best approach.

Rousey won her two most recent fights in 30 seconds -- combined. There's no typo there. No missing number. No misuse of time measurements.

She scored a technical knockout over Alexis Davis in 16 seconds last July at UFC 175. That was one second shy of the UFC record for fastest finish in a title fight. Rousey followed that with a record-setting 14-second submission of Cat Zingano in February at UFC 184. She did that without throwing a single strike.

And they were fighters Rousey complimented in the lead-in to those bouts.

In the case of Miesha Tate, Rousey's biggest rival, the closest thing to them being cordial was that they never scrapped at a news conference before the fight they were selling tickets and pay-per-views to in December 2013. Rousey won that fight by third-round submission. It is the only time, in both her professional and amateur MMA career, Rousey needed more than one round to win.

"If I really dislike the person, I'm more inclined to draw it out, I'm more to want to embarrass the other person,'' Rousey said. "There were a lot of times the second time I fought Miesha where I could have gone into the ground and tried to finish it. I made her stand up because I wanted to fight her more.

"I didn't want her to walk out of the cage the same way she walked in. This might be the same kind of instance with Bethe.''


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