After blitzing through the competition in her last three bouts, Ronda Rousey has made it clear that she intends to let her title fight against Bethe Correia -- which goes down this Saturday night (Aug. 1, 2015) at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- go a bit longer.
That's because Rousey wants to stay in the cage a bit longer with her Brazilian foe (much to the chagrin of her mother) to punish and teach her a lesson for going overboard with her pre-fight trash talk, which included a boo-boo about her father's suicide.
Speaking during a media conference call earlier this week, "Rowdy" said that while she wants to respect her mother's wishes of finishing the fight as fast as possible, she still might prolong the finish to inflict more pain on her Brazilian rival.
"To be honest, my mom is pissed. She doesn't want me to do it (prolong the fight). She chewed me out and she wants me to end it as quick as possible. I promised her that I am going to be fine and that I am not going to take any damage and if it goes any longer it's just because I am punishing her more. I am not going to purposely not finish her if I see an opening, but I can still drag it out and make the finish just a little more thorough."
While some fight fans feel that they do not get their money's worth when Rousey disposes for her foes rather swiftly, "Rowdy" contends that they are getting to witness a special moment.
"I like to use Ali in his prime where he was knocking out people quickly. People are very aware that this is a special time and if they decide to do something else that day, it's going to be a moment that they could have witnessed and didn't. And so, I'm not going to call it and say this fight is going to end in a minute when I'm out there. I am ready for a five-round war, that's how I walk out there and that's what I've prepared for. Who knows what's going to happen. But, what people are seeing is the absolute peak of the athletic women's potential. And that is always worth the money."
With a win over Correia, Rousey will likely set up a trilogy fight against her rival, Miesha Tate, later this year.
That fight, though, will likely last a bit longer if her head coach Edmond Tarverdyan has anything to say about it. As he recently said he is going to make sure Tate gets the punishment and beating her life, one that will affect her fight future.
And that would seemingly take a few rounds to accomplish.
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