5) Rousey’s leftovers
Both Bethe Correia and Sara McMann were no where near close to being ready to challenge Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
While the promotion needed to hype every opponent who Rousey encountered, their public attempts to build Correia and McMann up were elementary at best.
For Correia, whose UFC opponents coming into her fight with Rousey at UFC 190 had combined for a promotional record of 1-7, she had accomplished nearly nothing that warranted a title shot. But with a memorable bashing of Rousey’s training partner Shayna Baszler back at UFC 177, it became easy for the UFC to tag her as a heavy-handed striker with bad intentions for the champ.
As for McMann, who has lost three out of her last four, she was held at a higher regard because she came into the UFC as an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling. While that accolade is significant in many corners of the world, it doesn’t mean much when you can’t strike, defend submissions, or absorb a body shot. Unfortunately for McMann, this was never more true when Rousey quickly ended her title run via first-round TKO at UFC 170.
With limited MMA experience and the need to build up Rousey’s competitors, it became extra difficult to determine which contenders were over-hyped sensations. In the case of Correia and McMann, they proved to be no-hit wonders.