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Ronda Rousey KOs Bethe Correia in 34 seconds to retain title at UFC 190

Ronda Rousey of the United States defeats Bethe

Ronda Rousey of the United States defeats Bethe Correia of Brazil in their bantamweight title fight during the UFC 190 Rousey v Correia at HSBC Arena on August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Getty Images / Matthew Stockman

Ronda Rousey is still the UFC women's bantamweight champion, though this time took a little longer than her previous title defenses.

Rousey knocked out -- yes, knocked out -- Bethe Correia 34 seconds into the first round to keep the title Saturday night at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rousey blasted Correia wih a right hand that sent the previously undefeated Brazilian face down into the canvas.

Rousey's last three fights have lasted a total of 64 seconds. She has five first-round wins in title fights, most in UFC history. Opponents of Rousey (12-0, 6-0 UFC) have only made it out of the first round once -- Miesha Tate made it to the third round at UFC 168.

In Rousey's 10 fights against people other than Tate, her average fight time is 55.6 seconds. The win against Correia at UFC 190 lowered that figure by only 2.4 seconds.

Tate, on a four-fight win streak, seems like the next logical opponent for Rousey, unless Cris "Cyborg" Justino is able and willing to drop to 135 pounds.

"It kind of went how we expected," Rousey said after the fight. "I planned to, instead of trying to force a clinch, was overwhelm her with striking first to force her to clinch -- and that's exactly what happened."

In the lead-up to UFC 190, Correia said a great many uncomplimentary things about Rousey. The key word that really focused the most dominant female athlete right now was when Correia said she hopes Rousey "doesn't kill herself" after she loses the title at UFC 190. Rousey's ill father committed suicide when she was a young girl.

"I hope that nobody really brings up my family anymore when it comes to fights," Rousey said. "I hope this is the last time."

Rousey gained the advantage in the fight when she knocked Correia down and she rolled backward and on to her feet up against the cage. Rousey moved in and landed a series of strikes, then pursued Correia (9-1) to her left. Rousey landed several clean shots, ending it with a right hand to Correia's temple for the knockout.


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