Who is Bethe Correira: A look at the woman who has challenged and is beating Ronda Rousey’s Four Horsewomen

In the cage, it can be argued that women are more ferocious, more intense, and display equal or more technical ability and heart. But one thing that I find lacking in women’s MMA is a good rivalry. The only big rivalry that comes to mind is Meisha Tate vs Ronda Rousey.

But wait a minute. Bethe Correira has embarked on a not-so-subtle campaign for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship in announcing that she wants to take down each and every member of the Four Horsewomen.

Who are the Four Horsewomen? They include Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler, and Jessamyn Duke. An awesome group of female fighters formed after season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter where Ronda Rousey was one of the coaches.

But who cares!

We have Bethe Correira! A relative unknown on the international MMA stage, she has 9 professional fights, 3 in the UFC. And she is calling out four fighters at the same time! Bethe Correira is awesome for her confidence in her abilities and her strategy to challenge for the belt. What makes Bethe Correira even more awesome is her ability to follow through as she has currently defeated 2 out of 4 of the Horsewomen.

But who is Bethe Correira? Who is this incredible angel of MMA, gliding through the electro-shock therapy room doors, batting her eyes, pumping her gloves, and breathing life into women’s MMA.

(Click to read more about Bethe and watch full fight videos against Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler)

Bethe Correira belongs to the new breed of MMA athletes. She is hand picked and hand crafted to do nothing but fight MMA. Similar to Rory MacDonald, Bethe does not have a background in a combat sport discipline. She does not have a background in wrestling, BJJ, or kickboxing. She has no psychological baggage, she has no former-champion chip on her shoulder, she has no attachment to the “good ol’ times”, she has no dichotomous style decisions when it comes to training. She eats, breaths, and trains MMA. Pure and simple.

Bethe trains out of the Pitbull Brothers Gym, the gym founded by Bellator stand-outs Patricio and Patricky Freire. She is coached and managed by MMA legend Wallid Ismail. Wallid Ismail received his BJJ black belt from Carlson Gracie and was the first fighter to defeat Royce Gracie at the Gracie’s no points submission only rules. Wallid Ismail also founded Jungle Fighting promotions in Brazil.

Bethe has a degree in accounting and similar to UFC legend Chuck Liddell, she gave up a career in accounting to pursue MMA. In training and in the cage, Bethe shows that she has raw power, is not afraid to fight, and has unwavering confidence in her skills. Her rolling on the mat is smooth and she shows a strong penchant for wrestling. Additionally she shows creative and fearless striking.

In her fight against Jessamyn Duke, Bethe was at a significant height and reach disadvantage. Jessamyn Duke, the former model, towered intimidatingly over Bethe. Fight fans questioned if they were even in the same weight class. Many fight fans predicted that Jessamyn would leverage her reach advantage and her kick boxing background to absolutely destroy the stocky and reach-challenged Bethe. Bethe found a way to win with leg kicks, power in the clinch, and good ol’ classic slip’n rip style boxing.

In her fight against Shayna Baszler, many would say that Bethe lost the first round. Shayna is a veteran of the sport and considered a women’s MMA trail blazer. However it became clear in the second round what many old school fight fans always feared. The former generation of MMA heroes is being taken over by the newer generation of well trained, well nutrition-ed, and well supported killing machines. Bethe picked Shayna apart in the second round and landed punches at will, winning the fight by TKO.

Bethe is now 2-0 against the Four Horsewomen. Assuming that the UFC will not sign Marina Shafir just to fight Bethe, her campaign to fight Ronda may be over. There is no way that Bethe will get a shot at the title after beating Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. Despite the heart and skill both of these women possess, they are not top five or even top ten in the weight division. Ronda has expressed her emotions toward Bethe Correia, but her challenging for the Bantamweight title in her fourth fight in the UFC without fighting a top contender is too much of a fairy tale ending.

Bethe needs to fight the winner of Rin Nikai vs Meisha Tate. Bethe needs to fight a similarly built and similarly aggressive Liz Carmouche. Bethe needs to fight an Olympic athlete in Sara McMann or a seasoned MMA veteran in Sara Kaufman.

As an MMA fight fan, I want to see Bethe challenged with any of the above match-ups. I want to see her steam-roll through the Bantamweight ranks Cain Velasquez style. Most of all, I want to see her develop into an awesome fighter, and come back to beat the seemingly invincible Ronda Rousey.

Bethe Correira vs Jessamyn Duke full fight video

Bethe Correira vs Shayna Baszler full fight video