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It looks like Ronda Rousey's next victim is about to be confirmed

The undefeated champion is Brazil-bound for UFC 190.

Dominant UFC champion Ronda Rousey.
Dominant UFC champion Ronda Rousey.
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RONDA ROUSEY’S RETURN to UFC action appears to be fixed for Saturday, 1 August.

According to Brazilian media outlet Globo, the undefeated UFC women’s bantamweight champion will defend her title for the sixth time against Bethe Correia in the main event at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro.

It would mean a five-month gap between bouts for Rousey (11-0), giving her plenty of time to recover from her 14-second win over Cat Zingano last month.

Correia (9-0) picked up wins over two of Rousey’s team-mates — Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke — last year and has been calling for a title shot ever since.

The 31-year-old Brazilian would have home advantage in Rio, but Rousey told the Jay Mohr Sports radio show recently that she’s happy to take on Correia on enemy territory.

Rousey said: “I want to go and fight her in Brazil and beat her in her hometown. That would be the best way I could really feel like I’ve vindicated my friends; to go to her hometown and beat her in her hometown and be total Rocky IV on it.”

Correia responded via “I beat her little friends in the United States, one of them in her hometown, so it’s a chance for Ronda to come try to avenge her losses.

“Ronda got pissed that I beat them in front of her. I hope Ronda was a good friend, that she supported her friends when they lost to me, because she will need a shoulder to cry on after I beat her.”

Will it be another easy win for the defending champion, or  – as we saw from Rafael dos Anjos over the weekend — is the tide turning in favour of the Brazilians?

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Paul Dollery

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