UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey told FOX Sports on Monday she will film a movie after beating Bethe Correia and Miesha Tate.
Ronda Rousey plans to film a movie after beating Bethe Correia and Miesha Tate.
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According to FOX Sports' Damon Martin, Rousey was already in Brazil this past weekend for UFC 190, where she will defend her UFC bantamweight crown against hometown favorite Bethe Correia.
When Martin caught up with Rousey, she told him she didn't get the chance to watch her former opponent, Miesha Tate, beat Jessica Eye by unanimous decision on July 25 to earn a crack at her title.
Rousey complimented Tate and told Martin a potential third fight against Tate would be good for UFC fight fans:
"I didn't see it. Dana (White) was texting me about it because I was about to go train at the time, but I'm not surprised. She's a great competitor and a great athlete. I've always said amazing things about her as a fighter.
"There's fan interest, so there's my interest. I'm interested in defending my title as many times as I need to before I feel like I'm done. If she's the best competitor and she's who the fans want to see, then yeah, I'm extremely interested in doing it."
Rousey then admits she also needs stiffer competition from other contenders and not just the likes of Tate, who she probably won't face for a fourth time, per FOX Sports:
"I need these other girls. It's not like I could do this by myself. I need a dancing partner. The analogy I use a lot is these girls are like plants -- sometimes you can grow a crop and harvest it year after year like Miesha and sometimes you harvest it once and it will never grow back, like I don't think Bethe will ever come back after this.
"I think this might be the final season I can harvest the Tate crop."
Rousey then lays out her plan for the next few months to Martin:
"Here's pretty much the plan -- I'm going to beat up Bethe, then I'm going to take a couple of weeks to rest, and then I'm going to beat up Miesha, and then I'm going to go to like Thailand or wherever we decide to film ("Mile 22") and prep for like a month, and then start filming for like eight to 10 weeks, and then go beat up the next chick.
"That's pretty much my plan."
Martin says Rousey plans to take her family on a vacation in Brazil after her UFC 190 bout against Correia.
Unbenkown to Rousey, Tate isn't holding back.
After Tate beat Eye on Saturday, she told the media in her post-fight presser she likes punching Rousey in the face, per MMAMania.com's Brad Popkin.
"I love punching Ronda in the face," Tate said. "I need to be able to deliver that finishing power on the feet."
Tate is unsure about going to Brazil to watch Rousey's bout against Correia because her boyfriend, UFC fighter Bryan Caraway, is celebrating his birthday during the weekend of the fight, per Popkin.
Nonetheless, Tate predicts Rousey will beat Correia, per MMAMania.com:
"I think everyone in this sport has a chance. She's 9-0. She's been beating girls. There's always a chance. Who do I think is going to win the fight? I think that Ronda is going to win. I just think that Ronda is proven to be fighting better competition. This is a big step up for Bethe."
Rousey beat Tate by submission with less than a minute remaining in their UFC 168 bout in Dec. 2013. Rousey refused to accept Tate's offer of a handshake afterward because the latter said the former was somebody who "spits on my back," referring to the ensuing drama between them during The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 on FOX Sports 1 back then, per a separate MMAMania.com update.
Tate shrugged it off during her post-fight presser on Saturday. She also said her biggest career goal by far is to become UFC champion, and not just to beat Rousey, per MMAMania.com:
"It's just Ronda. It's something you have to accept. That's who she is. I think that's a big part of our sport. We have much bigger differences than that (laughs).
"It's a bigger goal to get a win over Ronda, but in the big picture, my biggest goal is getting gold. I want to be able to say before I retire that I was the UFC world champion. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who has the belt."
Rousey will star in "Mile 22" with Iko Uwais and Mark Wahlberg, per HollywoodReporter.com's Borys Kit.
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