RIO DE JANEIRO — Bethe Correia exudes confidence that she?ll capture victory — and the women?s bantamweight championship — when she faces Ronda Rousey in Saturday?s UFC 190 main event, and she has every reason to believe that 2015 is the year of the underdogs.
That’s because the two Brazilians who fought in title shots this year exceeded expectations and were crowned kings of the respective categories.
Rafael dos Anjos dominated Anthony Pettis in March at UFC 185, earning the lightweight title. A few months later, in June, Fabricio Werdum finished Cain Velasquez, claiming the heavyweight linear belt.
Speaking to the press during the open workouts, Correia said that she feels inspired by the triumphs of fellow Brazilians, and uses that as motivation.
“I’m really motivated. I watched both fights, and I was impressed. Even I thought it was going to be difficult for the Brazilians,? Correia said. ?Usually those entering as the challengers are the underdogs. The champion is always the favorite. But really, Rafael and Werdum did well.
?Of the three, I think I’m the biggest underdog, but it will be the most impressive fight. I’m sure that this will be the fight of the year. People are going to talk about this fight for generations. No one will forget the fight of the century.?
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