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Bethe Correia believes she is the one to end Ronda Rousey’s reign over the UFC female bantamweight division.

Correia, who flew to Los Angeles from Brazil this past weekend to see Rousey vs. Cat Zingano, stated that the champion is “really selfish.”

“She did a good thing that was bringing the UFC the female fights,” Correia said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for the comments). “She convinced Dana (White) to do it. But I don’t think she’s a good champion. I think she’s really selfish. She just things about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up.

“I’m not gonna be like this. I’m gonna be a real champ. I’m gonna do something for the people. I’m gonna be the people’s champ.”

Like past challengers Sara McMann and Cat Zingano, Correia (9-0) sports an unbeaten record. Rousey made mention of that during her post-fight interview, saying she would like to take the “0” off her record. During her time in the UFC, Correia has defeated Rousey’s “Four Horsewomen” stablemates Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler.

“I’m waiting for the UFC to decide, I’m ready,” she said. “I’ve done everything that’s possible in my way.”

quinton rampage jackson

Bellator MMA announced on Monday that they have filed an injunction to stop Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s planned UFC return in April.

After competing three times for Bellator, Jackson resigned with the UFC and was tabbed for April 25 in Canada vs. Fabio Maldonado.

According to a release sent out by Bellator, Jackson still has three fights left on his contract that is exclusive with them – thus, barring him from fighting any other promotion.

Below is the complete release:

Today, Bellator MMA was compelled to go to court to stop Quinton “Rampage” Jackson from fighting in an April 25th bout promoted by Bellator’s competitor, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Jackson, who has completed only three fights of his exclusive six-fight contract with Bellator, is barred by contract from fighting for any promoter other than Bellator. Our lawsuit for an injunction and related relief – filed in the Chancery Division of the Superior Court in Burlington County, New Jersey – will compel Jackson to honor his contractual agreement. We look forward to having one of our MMA stars fighting for Bellator again.

ufc 184

Ronda Rousey earned the quickest victory in her MMA career in what many thought would be her toughest test.

Rousey turned a flying knee attempt by Cat Zingano into an armbar submission at UFC 184 Saturday night, cleaning out her division in terms of the Top-5.

With the win, Rousey (11-0) earned the fastest win in a title fight inside the Octagon, as Zingano (9-1) tapped in just 14 seconds. That was two seconds quicker than her 2014 knockout of Alexis Davis.

“We actually were expecting she might do something flying right away,” Rousey said. “I thought about checking with a left hook but I caught her instead. I’ve been working on the behind armbar just not from that angle.

“But it works.”

Rousey has spent just 96 seconds inside the cage in her last three title defenses, defeating unbeaten-at-the-time Sara McMann and Davis. The submission was her ninth, but first since tapping out Miesha Tate in 2013.

While Joe Rogan stated that the division is cleaned out, Rousey mentioned both fellow UFC 184 winner Holly Holm and Bethe Correia as possible challengers.

“I was really impressed with Holly,” she said. “And Bethe Correia, I would like to take that zero away from her.”

ufc 184

The UFC hits Los Angeles tonight with UFC 184, as Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight belt vs. Cat Zingano.

Action takes place inside the Staples Center, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view. FightLine will have complete coverage all night, including live and free play-by-play.

Rousey (10-0) is the only person to hold the UFC 135-pound belt, having earned it after winning the Strikeforce title. She has successfully defended it four times, including first round finishes of Alexis Davis, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche.

Zingano (9-0) sports a similar unbeaten record that includes Octagon wins over Amanda Nunes and Miesha Tate.

Other scheduled bouts include Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington, Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck, Alan Jouban vs. Richard Walsh and Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results. Feel free to share your thoughts with me on Twitter, as well.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Masio Fullen vs. Alex Torres

We kick things off in the featherweight division, as Masio Fullen (9-4) meets Alex Torres (2-1). Both were competitors on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America and will be debuting inside the Octagon against one another.

Round 1: Torres lands a huge shot right off the bat, as Fullen came in hard and fast. After that incredible opening, we’ve got a little more patience being shown from both fighters. Lots of leg kicks, but Torres tags him with a straight right that stuns Fullen. Torres going for the kill, landing another right, a combo and he’s got him caught in the clinch. Big shots coming through and Torres is hammering away. Body shot almost doubles over Fullen and Torres is still coming in. Out of nowhere, Fullen with a right of his own that backs him up and gives him some breathing room. Torres does it again, nearly dropping Fullen. He’s trying to finish, but appears winded, which allows Fullen to score a takedown with just over a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Torres

Round 2: Torres taking it a little slower this round, but is still in complete control. He’s got the clinch, and lands a nice elbow upon release of it. Back to the clinch against the cage, with Torres in control. Fullen with a nice spinning back kick, as he tries to push the tempo and come after Torres. Torres catches him moving in with a straight jab, stunning Fullen.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Fullen

Round 3: Fullen looks the stronger fighter, coming out and hammering away with lefts and rights. But just as soon as he appears to be in control, Torres fires back. Fullen has him hurt, connecting with a hook. He’s putting together combos and has Torres retreating. Blood coming from the nose of Torres and he eats a flying knee right to the body. Three minutes left and Torres just appears to want to survive, as he gets hit with another big-time shot. Torres could be using up all of his energy to try and score a takedown, and he’s denied, with 90 seconds left. Again with a takedown attempt, and again, he’s denied. Huge right misses by Fullen and it allows Torres to land the takedown. Fullen, though, immediately gets back to his feet. Fullen given a hard warning to not grab the fence by Herb Dean but the round is now over.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Fullen

Masio Fullen def. Alex Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro

We’ll conclude the Fight Pass prelims with lightweights James Krause (21-6) and Valmir Lazaro (12-3) meeting up. Krause owns seven triangle submission victories, while Lazaro has stopped each of his last three foes.

Round 1: Krause working the kicks to keep Lazaro at a distance, but now the Brazilian fires back his own kicks. Big kick misses from Krause as he tried to take his head off. Lazaro able to get in a few strikes off the miss. Takedown for Krause, who immediately goes to the back. Lazaro to his feet with Krause working hard to bring him back to the canvas. Again trying for a takedown is Krause, who eats a nasty knee and releases the hold. Lazaro with a left-right combo that connects and he might have him hurt, going to the body and switching stances. Good close to the round for Lazaro.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lazaro

Round 2: Krause gets in deep and lands, but he’s touched up by shots from Lazaro. Again, deep on a takedown, but denied once again. Excellent takedown defense by the Brazilian, as has come to be expected by those who train at Nova Uniao. Right hand gets through from Krause. Each time Krause lands, he eats a stiffer and more powerful shot. However, he’s up in total strikes landed. Low blow on Lazaro and we have a break. Lazaro has no concern for Krause’s strength, coming forward at all times.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lazaro

Round 3: Krause the aggressor, as his corner told him to come after Lazaro. Lazaro just missing on some serious strikes, and while the numbers say the fight is dead-even, the looks on each others face is much different. Krause with a takedown, but Lazaro springs right back to his feet. He’s working the back, trying to secure either another takedown to get the hooks in. He’s unable to and they square back off. A minute left and Lazaro is feeling the pain. His punches are coming in very slow and Krause just shakes off a takedown attempt. He goes in deep for his own and is denied, eating a right from the Brazilian.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Krause

Valmir Lazaro def. James Krause via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ufc 184

Ronda Rousey has shown nothing but respect towards Cat Zingano in the lengthy build to their Saturday night fight at UFC 184.

The reigning female bantamweight champion continued that during an appearance on “UFC Tonight” earlier this week.

“Cat is definitely the toughest opponent to date,” she said. “She’s the one I haven’t beaten yet. She’s the most difficult test yet. She’s undefeated for a reason. She’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and I’ve never gone to the ground with one.

“I’m the best in the world and I’m going to win, but I do believe Cat will bring out the best out of me.”

Rousey, like Zingano, is unbeaten in her MMA career. The former Olympic bronze medalist has defeated the likes of Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche signing coming over from Strikeforce.

She also might just see her next contender moments before stepping inside the Octagon vs. Zingano, as former boxing world champion Holly Holm makes her UFC debut vs. Raquel Pennington.

“She was the boxing world champ and I’m very impressed with her so far,” Rousey said. “Being a boxer who’s had so many head-kick knockouts shows she’s evolved.

“She’s one of the biggest competitors in the division.”

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