Bethe Correia: I want to fight Cris Cyborg next

September 7, 2016 10:18 am by Matt McNulty
Bethe Correia

Outspoken woman’s bantamweight Bethe Correia may be fighting Jessica Eye at UFC 203 this weekend, but a fight with Cris Cyborg is on the former title challenger’s mind.

The Strikeforce woman’s featherweight champion finally debuted in the Octagon at UFC 198, and has been the subject of many call-outs ever since, with Correia being the most recent:

“Of course. I don’t see any disadvantage in fighting Cyborg, she’s not an alien so there’s no need to run away from her or be scared,” Correia told MMAFighting.com. “I respect Cris Cyborg. I would be happy to fight her. I’d never refuse a chance to fight her. If the UFC calls me after UFC 203, I’d definitely take it.”

“Even though I don’t like to fight a fellow Brazilian, I’d be proud to fight Cris Cyborg,” she said. “I know I’m capable of beating Cris Cyborg. I don’t see her as an unbeatable opponent. I always watch her fights, and I see ways to win. I’d fight her, for sure.”

Although the two fight at different weight classes, Correia at 135 pounds and Cyborg at 145 pounds, the Brazilian bantamweight called for a catchweight bout between the two, something Cyborg has long considered in her quest for a fight with former champ Ronda Rousey.

“I only weigh a bit over 145,” Correia explains. “I’d do a catchweight like she’s doing in the UFC, at 140 pounds. I’d do it, no problem.”

Rousey repeatedly declined the catchweight fight with Cyborg, who has called out the former UFC woman’s bantamweight champ for a 140 pound contest in an effort to put the super fight together.

Correia looks to right the track after two losses in a row against ‘Evil’ Eye on the preliminary card leading up to UFC 203 this Saturday night in Cleveland, Ohio, where hometown fighter Stipe Miocic will defend the heavyweight belt against Alistair Overeem in the main event.

Cyborg won her UFC debut by knocking out Leslie Smith in a little over a minute into the first round. She’s set to face Lina Lansberg on September 24 in her native Brazil.


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