If you’ve followed the lead up to Rousey-Correia, then you know that things have gotten pretty, pretty heated between the two bantamweights. Correia has been verbally trashing Rousey for months now, and has defeated two of the champ’s friends in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler.
In addition, Correia made a comment about not wanting to see Rousey commit suicide after they fight, which enraged the latter, since her father took his own life. Correia, however, has claimed since that she was unaware of Rousey’s family history when she made the comment.
Well, in a recent media call to promote UFC 190, Rousey was asked what her mother thinks of “Rowdy’s” promise to punish Correia rather than quickly finish the challenger. Here is what Rousey reportedly had to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“She doesn’t want me to,” Rousey said. “She chewed me out. She wants me to end it as quick as possible still. I promised her that I’m going to be fine. I’m not going to take any damage. If it goes any longer, it’s just because I’m punishing her more. I’m not going to purposely not finish her if I see something. But I will drag it out and make the finish more exciting.”
It is pretty hard to imagine Rousey abandoning an armbar, or passing up on the opportunity to finish the fight, so that she can keep attacking Correia. Regardless of how upset Rousey is with the contender, passing up on an opportunity to lock up the win is a pretty risky strategy.
UFC 190 will go down at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.