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UFC Fight of the Week: Ronda Rousey dispatches Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

By Leo Reyes     Aug 2, 2015 in Sports
Unbeaten UFC defending bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey did not waste a minute to dispatch her top challenger, Bethe Correia of Brazil, over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro to retain her UFC Women's Bantamweight title.
In 34 seconds of the first round Rousey scored her 11th knockout win in her 12-fight winning streak since she turned pro in 2010.
Rousey started off with a series of right and left combinations to the head and body of Correia and a knee to the stomach of the Brazilian champion. She continued her relentless attack scoring a left hook that got the Brazilian off-balance.
As Correia ran for safety, Rousey caught her with a lethal right to the temple and followed it up with a power left to the head sending Correia to the canvas to end the fight in less than a minute of the first round.
It was Correia's first loss in nine outings. It was also her first attempt to win a major UFC title.
As an amateur, Rousey became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo during the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She is also a gold medalist in the World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary in 2004.
Before disposing Correia, Rousey (12-0) scored her fastest win ever at 14 seconds against Cat Zingano last February.
There was lots of trash talk before the fight from Corriea which touched on some sensitive matters about Rousey's family, which the UFC champ did not like.
"I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at the weigh-ins when she was screaming in my face," Rousey said.
"She was saying 'don't cry', so I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said 'don't cry,'" she added.
"I consider the matter settled," she said. "I'm not going to have to think about her ever again after this day and I'm sure she'll have to think about me plenty. As far as I'm concerned, it's over."
Last month Rousey bagged the "Best Fighter" award during the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, beating boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.
After receiving the award, Rousey said she wondered how Mayweather felt about being "beaten by a woman for once," in reference to Mayweather's history of domestic violence against women.
Mayweather downplayed her statement, saying he is not familiar with Rousey and her achievements.
With her very impressive performance and the worldwide publicity Rousey is getting, Mayweather will have a hard time denying that he indeed knew Rousey.
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