There’s no crying in MMA. Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) didn’t make up that line, she merely repeated it.
After taking a whole 34 seconds to knock out Bethe Correia Saturday at UFC 190, Rousey circled back to an unconscious and face-planted Correia to echo the same two words Correia was incessantly yelling in her face the day prior.
“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at weigh-ins – she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins, she was saying, ‘Don’t cry.’ So, I turned around after I knocked her out and said, ‘Don’t cry,’” Rousey shared at the UFC 190’s post-fight press conference.
There was plenty of bad blood between the two entering Saturday’s scrap. Outside of previously taking down two of her “Four Horsewomen,” Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler, Correia touched a nerve when she said she hoped Rousey wouldn’t “kill herself” after she knocked Rousey off her pedestal.
Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was just eight because he was suffering from severe back pain after a sledding accident.
After Correia issued an apology that fell on deaf ears, Rousey promised she would make Correia pay for her words. “Rowdy” claimed she wouldn’t finish Correia off quickly, but prolong the assault to make her archenemy suffer for her irresponsible remark.
And the “Rowdy” one did just that, waxing Correia off in 34 seconds – 20 whopping ticks longer than what it took Rousey to submit Cat Zingano in her last outing and 18 more Mississippis than it took Rousey to KO Alexis Davis the fight before that.
Rousey, a true woman of her word.