If the rumors are true, the second half of 2015 could be shaping up to be the most anticipated stretch in UFC history.

According to a report from Brazil media outlet Tatame, the UFC is targeting a women’s bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia as well as a light heavyweight contest between Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Antônio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira for UFC 190 in Brazil later this year.

Rousey (12-0), a former Olympic medalist in Judo, is coming off a blistering 14-second submission win over Cat Zingano from UFC 184 late last month. This victory only added to the Rousey’s aura of invincibility as she perviously scored 16 second knockout over Alexis Davis and a 66-second TKO over Sara McMann in her two previous fights. She will enter this bout with stoppage victories in all 10 of her professional bouts, including eight by way of first round submission. To date only one of her fights has gone past the first round.

Correia (9-0) was last seen walking away with a second round TKO over WMMA veteran Shayna Baszler at UFC 177 last August. This victory not only extended her UFC win streak to three but also marked her second straight win over a fighter from Rousey’s inner circle. She previously handed Rousey’s friend and training part Jessamyn Duke a decision loss at UFC 172.

Dubbed the “Four Horsewoman,” Rousey, Baszler Duke, along with Mrina Shafir grew a cult following for their professional wrestling antics outside of the Octagon. Correia brought her rivalry with the collective to the forefront by holding up four fingers and putting one down for after victory after she secured over of a member of the group. Following her victory over Baszler, the Brazilian held up one finger, indicating Rousey was the only one left.

Shogun (22-10), a former UFC light heavyweight champion and 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, previously defeated Minotauro during their run under the Pride FC bannerback 2005 . In his most recent effort, fans saw the Brazilian come out on the receiving end of heart breaking first round knockout loss to Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 56 in November. This marked his second straight knockout loss with his previous being a nose shattering stoppage to fellow MMA icon Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 38. He currently holds a UFC record of 6-8, with all of his wins ending by way of knockout.. He is also currently expected to serve as one of the two coaches on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil opposite Minotauro’s twin brother Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Minotauro (21-6), also known as Lil’ Nog, has not been seen inside the Octagon since suffering a vicious first round knockout loss to current number one contender Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 12 last July. This loss marked his first stoppage loss since his infamous first round knockout Sokoudjou back in 2007. Prior to his loss to Johnson, Minotauro earned back-to-back decisions over UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and former champion Rashad Evans. He will enter this bout 12 career stoppage wins, including seven coming within the opening frame.

UFC 190 is expected to take place on August 1 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro later this year. It should be noted this event has yet to be officially announced.

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