BRU­TALLY FRANK BETHE

Brazil­ian says Holly is ‘overrated’

New Straits Times - - Sport - FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my

BRAZIL­IAN mixed mar­tial arts (MMA) ex­po­nent Bethe Cor­reia be­lieves her UFC Fight Night 111 op­po­nent Holly Holm is “overrated” and she means it in the nicest pos­si­ble way.

Bethe will want to prove her words when she bat­tles Holly on June 17 at the Sin­ga­pore In­door Sta­dium

“I re­ally be­lieve in what I said about Holly and how she’s overrated be­cause peo­ple put her up and it’s not what her per­for­mance shows,” said Bethe.

“I know that some peo­ple are both­ered by what I said about Holly but I was just try­ing to be hon­est and not try­ing to pro­voke her in any way.”

Bethe is set to face for­mer UFC Women Ban­tamweight cham­pion Holly in the main event in Sin­ga­pore on June 17.

Holly is rid­ing a three-fight los­ing streak after be­ing beaten by Miesha Tate at UFC 196, Valentina Shevchenko and by Ger­maine de Ran­damie (feath­er­weight) but made a name for her­self when she beat for­mer ban­tamweight cham­pion Ronda Rousey, who was on a 12-con­sec­u­tive win­ning run.

Bethe, on the other hand, is on 4-2-1 in her last UFC fights. Her 34-sec­ond de­feat to Ronda at the UFC 190 was one of the big­gest fights of 2015 which put a dent in Bethe’s un­de­feated start to her ca­reer.

Bethe and Holly are both box­ing spe­cial­ists but the 33-yearold is con­vinced her skills are bet­ter than Holly.

“I re­ally trust my own box­ing skills and I be­lieve that my skills are bet­ter than Holly.

“I have a great tech­nique in mind and what­ever it is will move for­ward and not stand around un­til I beat Holly, plus I will not change my game plan just be­cause of Holly’s strengths.”

This is Bethe’s first shot at the ti­tle and she would like to win it for the fans due to their undy­ing sup­port and heart­felt mes­sages on her so­cial me­dia pages that will give her an ex­tra jolt go­ing into the fight with Holly.

Bethe won six straight fights in 13 months be­fore be­ing signed to the UFC in 2013, making her the third Brazil­ian woman to join the out­fits.

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