All of the trash talk leading up to UFC 190 did great for not only generating buzz around the event but also fired up UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Former women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender Bethe Correia found out this the hard way as she was finished early in the first round of their fight.
Following that fight, Correia knew that she had to make changes to improve her game. The biggest thing she could have done is to change gyms and that’s exactly what she did. Correia is now training at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) for her next bout.
“Everything is so different here,” Correia told MMAFighting.com after her first week of training in the United States. “It’s a different reality. And I don’t know how to speak English, so I’m basically communicating with mimics, and it works [laughs].”
“More than coming back to fighting, which I want a lot, my focus is to fix my mistakes and evolve,” she said. “I want to be more violent and confident. I want to have a better ground game and heavier hands. If I have to travel all around the world to achieve that, I will, but I’m loving to be here at AKA. I have so much to learn here.”
Correia said a few week’s back that she will fight Rousey again in 2016, but she obviously understands that she’ll have to put together some wins before doing so. Rousey will meet Holly Holm at UFC 193.
Correia might not be able to fight Rousey next, but she can fight another top contender in the women’s bantamweight division. Miesha Tate is a fighter that Correia wants to fight next.
“A fight between Miesha and I would be way better,” she said. “Fans would be more interested in watching it than Miesha against Amanda [Nunes]. No disrespect to Amanda, I love her. But I want to knock Miesha out, and I know she wants to knock me out too. She laughed at me when I lost to Ronda, and I laughed at her too. And when I say I will fight for the title again before she does, I truly believe it. The UFC has no interest in her anymore.”
Time will only tell what the UFC decides to do with Correia next.