Rousey crushes Cor­reia within mere sec­onds to de­fend her ti­tle at UFC 190

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It’s not a good idea to give Ronda Rousey some ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion.

Hurt by com­ments about her fam­ily and moved by the death of a close friend and idol, Rousey got off to a quick start and knocked out home-crowd fa­vorite Bethe Cor­reia only 34 sec­onds into the first round at UFC 190 on Satur­day night.

Rousey de­fended her ban­tamweight ti­tle by throw­ing a rapid se­quence of punches at the Brazil­ian’s head, land­ing a com­bi­na­tion of right and left strikes that sent her op­po­nent face-first into the ground and dis­ap­pointed the lo­cal fans pack­ing the HSBC Arena.

It was yet another im­pres­sive per­for­mance by Rousey, who im­proved to 12-0 in her in­cred­i­ble MMA ca­reer.

She has been crush­ing her op­po­nents in­side the oc­tagon, but this vic­tory seemed spe­cial.

Rousey came into the fight up­set with Cor­reia af­ter the Brazil­ian made a com­ment ap­par­ently ref­er­enc­ing to Rousey’s fa­ther’s sui­cide. Rousey said Cor­reia crossed the line, so she would try to em­bar­rass her in front of her fans.

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

Be­fore the fight, Cor­reia had said she didn’t know about what hap­pened to Rousey’s fa­ther and never in­tended to at­tack her per­son­ally.

Rousey also was ex­tra mo­ti­vated af­ter the death of Hall of Fame wrestler Roddy Piper, who was one her great­est idols and inspired her to take the “Rowdy” nick­name. She had said she would be fight­ing for him.

“We’ve lost a re­ally close friend, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper, who gave me his per­mis­sion to use his name as a fighter, so I hope he and my dad had a good time watch­ing this to­day,” Rousey said.

The UFC’s big­gest star, Rousey ar­rived in Rio as the over­whelm­ing fa­vorite against Cor­reia (9-1) af­ter win­ning her pre­vi­ous three ti­tle de­fenses in a com­bined 96 sec­onds. She needed only 14 sec­onds to beat Cat Zingano at UFC 184 ear­lier this year.

“It kind of went how I ex­pected it,” Rousey said. “I planned to in­stead of try­ing to force a clinch, over­whelm her (by) strik­ing first so that she would want to clinch first, and that’s ex­actly what hap­pened.”

Rousey, who has been re­defin­ing the sport, has won 11 of her fights in the first round while be­ing taken to the third round once. She has fin­ished most of her op­po­nents with her sig­na­ture arm­bar, but this time it was her strik­ing force that made the dif­fer­ence.

“I guess she can’t re­ally say any­thing about my hands any­more,” Rousey said of Cor­reia.

Rousey’s next op­po­nent will likely be fel­low Amer­i­can Miesha Tate.

In the sec­ond-to-last fight on the main card on Satur­day, Mauri­cio Rua topped Roge­rio Nogueira with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in a fight be­tween vet­eran Brazil­ian light heavy­weight fight­ers. It was a re­match of fight be­tween the two in 2005, when Rua won a con­test that lasted 38 min­utes.

“I knew he was go­ing to be well pre­pared, but I won, I got the vic­tory,” Rua said.

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