When women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was just eight years old, she lost her father, Ron, to suicide. Ron had been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder sometime earlier, and was given the grim prospect of spending what few remaining years he had left paralyzed and in constant need of assistance. Not wanting to become both an emotional and financial burden to his family, he chose to end his life with his memory intact.
Ron’s decision was one of the only forms of suicide that to even the most close-minded of us can empathize with, perhaps because of how selfless an act it is in cases like his. While discussing her father on Howard Stern, even Rousey herself stated that she completely understood his reasons for what he did and that, were the same circumstances were to befall her, she would arguably do the same thing.
But despite ultimately agreeing with her father’s decision, Rousey obviously remains sensitive to the subject of suicide to this day, which is what makes bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia‘s recent comments about her all the more unforgivable.
Though she doesn’t carry the name value of a Tate or a Zingano, the Brazilian scrapper known as “Pit Bull” has been doing her damndest to sell her UFC 190-scheduled title fight with Rousey as anything more than another one-sided beatdown for the UFC’s biggest star. During a recent interview with Combate (as translated by Yahoo!), however, Correia may have taken things a little far, doubling-down on a pair of suicide jokes that would’ve made a Comedy Central roaster cringe:
I want to knock her out, show to everyone that she is a lie. She wants to stand up with me, let’s see. I want to humiliate her.
Under pressure, she is proving weak. When her mom put pressure on her, she ran away from home. When she lost, it was because of drugs. That’s not a superhero. She is not mentally healthy, she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on (laughs).
Later in the interview, Correia used the potential of a rematch to once again throw the darkest kind of shade Rousey’s way.
I will give her a rematch if she doesn’t cry too much. She can’t take the pressure. I will give her the chance to get the belt back. Please, don’t kill yourself, don’t commit suicide, because I will give you the rematch.
I don’t know what to say, honestly. When I first read Correia’s comments, I was all…
But then just as quickly, I thought…
I guess what I’m getting at is, Bethe Correia just said something really dumb and will pay dearly for it. Lowball insults are not the way to get in Rousey’s head, and if Bethe honestly thinks that, than she knows even less about Rousey than casual fans of the Expendables franchise. Ronda Rousey is a force — an unflinching, terrifying machine powered by self-confidence, and unbreakable resolve, and a skillset that is centuries beyond that of anyone she’s ever faced in MMA. She is essentially The Bride from Kill Bill come to life. SHE IS SPARTA.
Bethe Correia, on the other hand, holds just 2 stoppage victories in 9 pro fights.
We are going to witness a murder on August 1st.
It appears that Correia was not aware of Rousey’s…uh…familial situation when she made the above comments, and has since apologized directly to Rousey via Twitter.
Oh, you can ask for forgiveness all you want, Bethe. But in the eyes of Rousey, the one true king, you shall receive none.