Vanquished UFC women’s bantamweight title contender Bethe Correia says she does not regret any of the statements she made during the build up to her bout against Ronda Rousey.
Correia was knocked out just 34 seconds into the UFC 190 main event in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, in what was her first professional defeat.
The 32-year-old played the role of challenger to perfection over the past few months; saying there wasn’t much more to Rousey than a media-made hype.
However, she caused the champion serious offence shortly after the bout was announced in May when she said that Rousey could kill herself after losing the title.
Correia claimed she did not know that Rousey’s father had committed suicide and apologized for the comment. At the post event press conference on Saturday, she said that she had meant all of her other comments.
“Everything I said was very sincere. It was my point of view as well as what I believed in. I think I did a great job. The event was wonderful,” she said.
“It wasn’t the result that I wanted. But I think that everything I said was something I thought of. I’m a very sincere person.
“I don’t take back anything that happened. But of course I have a lot of lessons that I learned. I am very satisfied with my job.”
Rousey, who previously stated that she would make Correia pay for the suicide comment, said on Saturday that she had already moved past the pre-fight trash talk.
"I hope that nobody really brings up my family anymore when it comes to fights. I hope this is the last time," she said. "I consider the matter settled. I don't have to think about her again after this day."
Rousey was also asked about what she said to Correia in the immediate aftermath of the knockout.
“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at the weigh-ins. She was screaming in my face at weigh-ins. She was saying ‘don’t cry’. So I turned around to her after I knocked her out and said ‘don’t cry’.