Ronda Rousey (12-0-0) said she’d take her time with Bethe Correia (9-1); and I suppose by her standards she did.
MMA superstar and undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Rousey demolished Correia in 34 seconds – a full 20 seconds longer than her previous fight.
But it was the manner of her win that stunned the world.
Rousey is known – and rightly feared – for her expertise as a submissions specialist and judo expert. 9 of her wins have come through submissions, most of them through an almost patented armbar.
But Rousey said she wanted to send a message with this fight.
Correia sent an ill-informed tweet obliquely referring to the sad demise of Rousey’s father. It was a mistake.
Even though she apologised for the slip Correia kept trash-talking, attempting to belittle and intimidate her opponent – another mistake.
When the door to the Octagon closed Correia was made to pay for those mistakes.
Both women charged towards each other when the bell rang. They exchanged a flurry of punches, but it was Rousey who was the more accurate.
Though she is a striker Correia was overwhelmed by the ferocity and movement of Rousey.
As she backed up Rousey moved in to throw her. Correia sensed the attack and quickly backed away.
Rousey fired off several damaging blows as she continued to surge forward.
Correia was crowded against the cage wall and began to cover up.
From that moment Rousey just needed to find the money shot.
It didn’t take her long.
A blow to the left temple ended Correia’s night. She was unconscious before she hit the canvas.
The world was stunned.
Rousey has made a habit of destroying opponents, so fight fans should be used to seeing such total dominance from her. But for some reason the girl never fails to impress.