Ronda Rousey is one of the most driven athletes in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).
The undefeated women's fight icon doesn't require extra motivation, as she is constantly striving to be the very best in the sport. But her UFC 190 opponent, Bethe Correia, has made things very personal, promising to "humiliate" Rousey, and in a very tasteless remark, hoped Rousey "doesn't kill herself" after losing.
Read her full remarks here.
Rousey lost her father to suicide when she was only eight-years-old, and does not speak about it very often. So the comments, obviously, hit very close to home. Rousey took to Twitter to let it be known that she will make the Brazilian pay for those words on August 1, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (more on that fight here).
@bethecorreia suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) May 28, 2015
While there is always plenty of trash talk in MMA, one could surmise "The Pitbull" was just popping off her mouth and didn't know about the suicide of Rousey's father when she made those remarks. Not to say that would make a joke about someone taking their own life okay, but maybe it was just coincidence.
During her interview with Combate, however, Correia also mentioned other details that were in Rousey's new book, "My Fight, Your Fight," like the time Rousey ran away from home, as well as the Olympian's past drug use. Those comments would indicate Correia read (or is at least familiar with) the book and was purposely looking to strike a nerve using the suicide remarks.
Whether on purpose or not, the genie is out of the bottle and the UFC women's bantamweight champion is pissed off. Now around a -1100 favorite, "Rowdy" didn't need any extra motivation for UFC 190, but now she has it and that's probably not going to be a good thing for Correia.
Rousey has a few arms on her mantle, and isn't above snapping one, either. Perhaps if she locks up her patented arm bar submission, she channels her inner Rousimar Palhares to teach a lesson in humility.
We'll find out on August 1st.