Ronda Rousey Face-Plant KOs Bethe Correia, Retains UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title

By Brian Knapp Aug 2, 2015

Ronda Rousey stepped into Bethe Correia’s wheelhouse and did not blink.

Rousey (12-0, 6-0 UFC) knocked out Correia in dramatic fashion to retain the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight crown in the UFC 190 “Rousey vs. Correia” headliner on Saturday at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. She needed just 34 seconds to complete her night’s work.

Correia (9-1, 8-1 UFC) never stood a chance. Rousey walked through her punches, pinned the Brazilian brawler along the fence and fired away with rights and lefts until she was no longer standing. A right hand connected on the Pitbull Brothers rep’s temple and sent Correia crashing face-first to the canvas, electrifying onlookers. Referee John McCarthy moved in to pry Rousey off the defenseless challenger.

The 28-year-old Rousey has finished her last four opponents in 130 seconds combined.

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‘Shogun’ Outpoints Nogueira in Rematch

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Shogun edged Nogueira for a second time.
Mauricio Rua rode a strong second round and his commitment to body kicks to a unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the light heavyweight co-main event. All three cageside judges saw it 29-28 for Rua (23-10, 7-8 UFC), who walked away from the long-awaited rematch with his first victory since December 2013.

Nogueira (21-7, 4-4 UFC) had his Pride Fighting Championships rival reeling in the first round, where he cracked “Shogun” on the temple with a left hook and flurried for a potential stoppage. Rua was held up by the cage at times but successfully weathered the onslaught and retreated to his corner to recuperate. He made a wise strategic decision early in round two, delivering a takedown inside the first 20 seconds that allowed him to recover further.

They duked it out for much of round three, with Nogueira relying on his hands and Rua leaning on kicks to the body and legs. Nogueira jumped on a guillotine in the final 30 seconds and appeared close to finishing, but “Shogun” broke free and denied the advances.

Moreira Taps Bruno to Win ‘Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’

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Franca put Bruno away late.
Astra Fight Team representative Glaico Franca Moreira submitted Nova Uniao’s Fernando Bruno with a third-round rear-naked choke in “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4” lightweight final. Bruno (15-3, 0-1 UFC) conceded defeat 4:46 into round three.

Moreira (13-3, 1-0 UFC) wore down his fellow Brazilian with takedowns and clinches, using his superiority in the scrambles to strengthen his foothold in the match. He advanced to Bruno’s back in all three rounds, slowly grinding away at the Andre Pederneiras protégé. Late in the third frame, Moreira struck for a takedown, climbed to the back and let fatigue do the rest. Bruno exposed his chin, and “Nego” snaked his arms into place for the fight-ending choke.

The 24-year-old Moreira has won 10 of his past 11 fights.

Vieira Sinks Lopes in ‘Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’ Final

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Vieira made the most of his second chance.
Jungle Fight veteran Reginaldo Vieira claimed a unanimous decision over Nova Uniao’s Dileno Lopes in “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4” bantamweight final. Vieira (13-3, 1-0 UFC) earned 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 marks from the judges, posting his seventh win in eight outings.

The two Brazilians traded guillotine attempts in the first round, but Vieira got the best of the standup exchanges and had Lopes bleeding from a cut near his left eye. In the second, Lopes (18-2, 0-1 UFC) turned the tide, as he brought a sneaky counter right hook into play, targeted the body with kicks and executed a late takedown. His success was short-lived.

Lopes delivered another takedown midway through round three but squandered his momentum with an ill-advised bid for a guillotine. His squeeze was tight but his arms failed him, allowing Vieira to take top position. From there, he fed Lopes a steady diet of hammerfists, short punches and forearm strikes until the closing bell.

Struve Pitches Shutout on Nogueira

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Struve used his length in the third.
Thudding leg kicks, front kicks to the body and concussive punches carried Stefan Struve to a unanimous decision over former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in featured heavyweight pairing. All three judges arrived at the same verdict: 30-27 for Struve (26-7, 10-5 UFC).

While Nogueira (34-10-1, 5-6 UFC) was shut out on the scorecards, he had his moments. He punched into the clinch with regularity and briefly advanced to full mount in the second round. However, Struve had too much length and firepower. His attack on the legs and body took a toll, and Nogueira grew more and more stationary as the fight progressed. The Brazilian icon spent the closing seconds of the match eating a series of stiff jabs and absorbing more punishment to his lead leg and body.

Nogueira, 39, has lost six of his last nine bouts, including three in a row.

‘Bigfoot’ Smashes ‘The Hulk’

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Silva ended it from close quarters.
Onetime EliteXC champion Antonio Silva took care of Soa Palelei with second-round punches in a heavyweight showcase. Palelei (22-5, 4-3 UFC) folded 41 seconds into round two, as he lost for just the second time in his past 14 appearances.

Silva (19-7-1, 3-4-1 UFC) was slow out of the gate. Palelei trapped him in the clinch for much of the first round, struck for a takedown in the waning moments and attacked with his ground-and-pound. “Bigfoot” survived, and Palelei had little to offer in round two. There, Silva backed the Australian towards the fence and let loose. A knee followed by an uppercut doubled over Palelei, and he met his end via punches at the base of the cage.

The win snapped Silva’s two-fight losing streak.

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Gadelha Spoils Aguilar Debut

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Gadelha rudely welcomed Aguilar to the Octagon.
Nova Uniao standout Claudia Gadelha planted her flag as the No. 1 contender in the women’s strawweight division with a lopsided unanimous decision over former World Series of Fighting champion Jessica Aguilar in a featured battle at 115 pounds. Gadelha (13-1, 2-1 UFC) swept the scorecards with 30-27s across the board.

This was not the Octagon debut Aguilar (19-5, 0-1 UFC) had envisioned. Gadelha struck beautifully in combination and mixed in tactical takedowns in all three rounds. Jabs, uppercuts, hooks, overhands and clinch knees all found the mark, leaving Aguilar a battered and bloodied mess. Gadelha, 26, never relented and had the American Top Team rep on the defensive for a majority of their 15-minute encounter.

The defeat was Aguilar’s first since September 2010 and halted her career-best 10-fight winning streak.


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