In a career forged in the cage, there is going to come a point where you experience defeat. For some, it comes early and often. For others, losses are few and far between. For an even more select group, they can be singular and isolated and come after a stretch of performances that lead a competitor to feel indestructible.
Given everything that has happened in the nine months since Bethe Correia shared the octagon with Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we’ve reached a point where the heated rivals could probably relate to each other a little more now.
Heading into the clash, the then-champion Rousey wanted to avenge her fallen Horsewomen and make Correia pay for pre-fight comments that touched a nerve. The Brazilian was intent on proving that she, not the Olympic bronze medalist, was the one meant to rule the division with an unblemished record.
On that sweltering first night of August, Rousey was the victor and it was Correia bounced from the ranks of the unbeaten. Three months later, it was Rousey on the business end of a one-sided outing, losing her title to Holly Holm and unsure how to process the new wave of emotions flooding over her following her first career defeat.
It’s a feeling Correia knows well.
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