It's kind of hard to look at Ronda Rousey and see a selfish champion.
But, that's the label Bethe Correira recently tagged the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight queen with after "Rowdy's" dominant performance at UFC 184 last weekend (Sat. Feb. 28, 2015) against Cat Zingano.
And not selfish because Rousey ended the fight in a mere 14 seconds (see it again here) sending fans home somewhat dissatisfied for such a short bout, but rather because the champ seems to be more preoccupied with making it big in Hollywood as opposed to carrying the torch for women's MMA.
"She did a good thing that was bringing the UFC the female fights. She convinced Dana to do it. But I don't think she's a good champion. I think she's really selfish. She just thinks about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up. I'm not gonna be like this, I'm gonna be a real champ. I'm gonna do something for the people. I'm gonna be the people's champ."
Call me crazy, but I hardly call defending your title successfully four times in the span of 14 months selfish. If anything, the fact the she fights so frequently and manages to balance a movie-making career makes it even more impressive and perhaps less selfish.
Perhaps the fact that Ronda announced she won't be jumping right back into the Octagon after disposing of Cat in record time in order to film another movie is what irked "Pitbull," seeing as how she will have to wait a bit if she wants her crack at the belt.
Of course, Correia has yet to be pegged as Ronda's next challenge, even though the champ called her out in her post-fight interview. In Bethe's view, there is no one more deserving than her, especially not Jessica Eye, who was also in "The City of Angels" campaigning for her title shot.
"I'm waiting for the UFC to decide. I'm ready. I've done everything that's possible in my way. I fought everyone. I challenge everyone. Dana White wants me to samba? Maybe I can do a little samba if that's what you want. I can do everything that is possible to me, because I really, really want this fight. I think I am the one that deserves the title shot. I made the campaign. I made everything. Ronda also called me out and I think I deserve this. I'm here to get what I deserve. Every day I challenge Ronda, I ask for the fight. I'm gonna do whatever it takes. I already feel like the champ. I don't feel like Ronda is the champ. I feel like I'm the one that is the champ and all that is missing is the belt. I'm going to do whatever it takes. I'm going in there to kill her, spank her, to kick her ass. If it is what it takes, I'm gonna do it."
Should the day come the Brazilian sits atop the women's 135-pound division, the true test will be if she's willing to turn down any acting or photo shoot offers that may come her way in order to back up her harsh and unwarranted criticism of Rousey.
Time will tell.