Correia not fazed by underdog tag

Correia (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is very much the underdog against Rousey (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) according to the bookmakers, but this does not seem to have affected the Brazilian as she seems as confident as ever of causing an upset.

In a chat with MMAjunkie, Correia said that she is undaunted about facing Rousey, who is an Olympic judo bronze medallist, as every fighter has a weakness. 

"Every athlete has weaknesses," Correia told MMAjunkie.

"There's no perfect fighter. For every attack, there's a counterattack or defence. We'll see during the fight. I'm feeling fine about her judo. 

"I've been studying it. I'm not afraid to be taken down – that is, in case I get taken down. … I'm not going to play her game. I already have a strategy in place. 

"I'm doing my thing. I'm not going to simply defend and wait for her to make the first move," said Correia.

The Brazilian went on to say that the hype and fan pressure on fighters against Rousey had always affected the American's opponents negatively and helped her to beat technically better opponents than herself.

"I do think anxiety has negatively affected her opponents. I don't fault them. In my opinion, Ronda has faced fighters more complete than she herself is. 

"But they messed up. I don't fault them as much as the marketing that surrounds Ronda. I think the fans and the media portray Ronda as superior to everyone else. 

"That affects people psychologically. Her opponents stepped into the cage feeling inferior to her. 

"It also helps boost Ronda's self image. I think that has helped her win too," she added.

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