Correia eager to fight Tate

Bethe Correia has said that she is eager to take on Miesha Tate when she makes her return to the Octagon. 

Correia’s last fight was at UFC 190 in August which ended in an embarrassing defeat as she only lasted 34 seconds before being knocked out by then-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. 

With her fight against Rousey not having gone as planned, Correia has now turned her attention to Tate, who is widely expected to be current women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm’s next opponent as she is on a four-fight winning streak. 

However, Correia believes that Tate doesn’t deserve a title shot as she has not been able to knock an opponent out in her last 14 fights.

“I believe Miesha Tate’s fights were not that great to secure her a title shot that she asks for so much,” Correia told Tatame. “She hasn't knocked anybody out. I have. I want to fight her and show what I'm really capable of. I only have one loss and that is to the former champion.

“No wonder all girls in the UFC want to fight me. I've been waiting, but I really want to fight my second biggest rival in the UFC.

“She called me out, campaigned on Twitter and said some horrific things about me. She even called me a newbie and said I shouldn't be where I am. That sounds like envy to me. So I want this fight to happen, because I think she doesn't deserve to fight for the title again.”

In the aftermath of her loss to Rousey, Correia has been training at the American Kickboxing Academy and revealed that she has been given numerous tips by current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and middleweight title contender Luke Rockhold. 

“I was so happy when AKA invited me to train in the United States,” she said. “It was wonderful, I received a lot of attention, Javier Mendez is spectacular, an incredible coach. Leandro Vieira helped my jiu-jitsu a lot, too. They watched me, my game, what I do right and my mistakes. I got to know a new Bethe there. 

“I found myself and every fighter needs to do that, because I left my comfort zone. Daniel Cormier gave me wonderful tips, Luke Rockhold too, I learned so much. I'm a different athlete now, I know what I want and the style I want to impose in my next fight.”