Earlier this week we reported the UFC was targeting a women’s bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia for UFC 190 in Brazil later this year.

Well on Friday afternoon the UFC made this booking official. UFC President Dana White made the announcement on Friday during a media appearance in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

UFC 190 is scheduled to take place on August 1 live from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

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  • Reginald K. Smith

    Giving Bethe a shot at Ronda is a mistake for her team. She has never fought anyone in the Top 10 of WMMA. She will easily get beat. Ronda wins by submission in the first round. Her team should have had her fight someone other than the Champ. Big Mistake Bethe. The mat is not your friend.