Gone In 34 Seconds!
Watch Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia full fight video highlights from last night in UFC 190's main event inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, featuring the incredible 34-second first round knockout finish.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put on a seven fight pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza last night (Sat., August 1st, 2015), as UFC 190 delivered a handful of exciting bouts, capped off by Ronda Rousey's sensational first round knockout over No. 1 contender Bethe Correia.
In the main event of the evening, "Rowdy" once again ran through her opponent, this time drubbing her Brazilian opposition in just 34 seconds to retain the UFC Women's Bantamweight championship (highlights here). The victory was Rousey's sixth straight title defense, and her third straight finish in under a minute.
In the co-main event, Mauricio Rua and Rogerio Nogueira battled it out in a Light Heavyweight rematch 10 years in the making, and once again "Shogun" came out as the unanimous decision victor.
With that quick recap of the night's marquee bouts, it is now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Who Should She Fight Next: Cris Cyborg, but it will be Miesha Tate
Is there anything Ronda Rousey can't do?
After defeating her first 11 opponents -- including amateur bouts -- via armbar, "Rowdy" has now earned (technical) knockouts in three of her last four title bouts.
First it was a knee to the body that stopped Sara McMann, then a judo hip toss closed out the lights on Alexis Davis, and at UFC 190, Rousey clocked Correia with a gorgeous right hand that had the Brazilian face plant on the mat just 34 seconds into their title fight.
The UFC champ is clearly on another level from the rest of the Women's Bantamweight division, and it is nearly impossible to envision Rousey losing to anyone currently on UFC's roster.
With that being said, the most high-profile and competitive bout UFC brass could make would be a catchweight affair between Rousey and Invicta FC Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.
Dana White continues to demand Cyborg cut to 135 pounds in order to make the title fight, but that notion becomes more far-fetched with each passing day.
It is unfathomable that UFC brass would miss out on the opportunity of booking Cyborg vs Rousey because of five measly pounds. White himself has stated he would expect that potential fight to reach somewhere near 2.5 million PPV buys.
While that number is obviously hyperbole, there is no question it would be the biggest Women's MMA bout in history, and could prove to be the only test in "Rowdy's" illustrious career.
But, it won't happen next.
Instead, Miesha Tate will get her third crack at Rousey, even though the result is essentially inevitable.
Will "Cupcake" make it past the first round again?
Winner: Shogun Rua
Who Should He Fight Next: Rampage Jackson
Back when "Shogun" was mercilessly destroying folks over in Pride, he put together one of his best career performances when he knocked out Quinton "Rampage" Jackson back in 2005.
After Rua defeated Rogerio Nogueira in their rematch at UFC 190, "Rampage" took to Twitter to call out the former UFC champ to a rematch of their own.
While the Brazilian wouldn't be able to replicate his soccer kick finish inside the Octagon, he indicated at the post-fight press conference (watch the replay here) that he is indeed interested in fighting Jackson once again.
While both men are far past their primes, their names still hold major worth in MMA today, and a bout between "Shogun" and "Rampage" could headline a UFC Fight Night, or be a PPV co-main event sometime later this year.
Winners: Stefan Struve and Antonio Silva
Who Should They Fight Next: Each other
Both Stefan Struve and Antonio Silva were fighting for their jobs at UFC 190 last night, and the gargantuan heavyweights both left Rio with victories under their belt.
First up was "Bigfoot," as he took out Soa Palelei in the second round via (technical) knockout. The victory was the Brazilian's first in two and a half years.
As for the "Skyscraper," he pulled off his first Octagon victory in nearly three years, earning the unanimous decision victory over the legendary Minotauro Nogueira.
While neither man looked particularly impressive in Rio, both proved they still have what it takes to compete inside the Octagon and put on a show for fight fans.
Considering both men fought on the same card and seemingly left the Octagon without injury, I would be shocked if UFC brass didn't slate these men to fight each other in the coming months.
Winner: Claudia Gadelha
Who Should She Fight Next: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Claudia Gadelha earned a UFC title shot with her dominant victory over Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190.
Fighting for the first time since losing to Joanna Jedrzejczyk via split decision in their razor-close No. 1 contender's bout last December, the Brazilian sent a message to the rest of the Women's Strawweight division that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Dana White all but confirmed Gadelha would in fact rematch Jedrzejczyk next, and this time she has five rounds to get the job done.
Wouldn't it be something if UFC brass slates both Jedrzejczyk and Rousey's title defenses for the same card?
One thing is for sure: WMMA has come quite a long way.
That's a wrap!