UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey donated her UFC 190 title belt to Instituto Reacao, a Brazilian judo school, on Aug. 4. Rousey knocked out challenger Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds of their UFC 190 title fight on Aug. 1.
Ronda Rousey has donated her UFC 190 title belt to a Brazilian judo school.
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Rousey donated the belt to Instituto Reacao on Aug. 4. MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz confirmed the development.
She promised to leave the belt in Brazil after her UFC 190 bout against Bethe Correia on Saturday, per Cruz.
Rousey explained why she left the belt in Brazil, per MMAFighting.com:
"Bethe did have one thing right. She said that the Brazilian people deserve to to have the belt left here. So I've decided that after I win it, I'm going to make sure that when I have the belt, I don't take it home with me.
"I'm going to give it and make sure it stays someplace in Brazil as my gift."
Correia told The Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire a day before the fight that the belt will stay in her country:
"I'm not worried...I don't have to respect anything she's going to do in there because I'm going to be imposing my game and overcome anything that she can do in there.
"I don't have to think about anything she's doing.
"I'm a monster when I get into the cage. I have a fighter's heart. I have no fear about my country being embarrassed or me not putting up a good fight. I'm confident it's going to be a great fight and that the belt will stay in Brazil."
Rousey disposed of Correia after just 34 seconds. Correia suffered her first loss in the process, per Cruz.
Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto owns Instituto Recao. He teaches martial arts to kids in the Rio de Janeiro area, per MMAFighting.com.
Canto told Cruz that Rousey donated $30,000 to the school on March 21. Rousey auctioned the gloves she used in her fight against Cat Zingano in UFC 184. She gave the entire proceeds to Instituto Recao.
Canto described the moment when Rousey gave him the check, per MMAFighting.com:
"That was a huge surprise. We were recording a story for my TV show with her and Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday and, when I told her I had one last question, she asked me to wait because she had a surprise for me.
"She got up and came back with a big check. She auctioned the gloves she used on her last fight and said she had promised to give all the money to Reacao. I started to sweat. I didn't know what to say, how to thank her. It was a big surprise. I was emotional."
Canto predicts Cris Cyborg will be Rousey's toughest opponent, per Cruz:
"Cyborg would be the toughest fight for her, no doubt about it. Cyborg can knock out Ronda or any other fighter, including men. But in her division, Ronda is the favorite against any other girl.
"I think Cyborg would have a chance of defeating Ronda or any man, but Ronda is the most dangerous fighter in the UFC today."
Cyborg declared she's willing to fight Rousey at 140 lbs. FOX Sports' Damon Martin obtained the information from ESPN.
Cyborg discussed a potential showdown with Rousey:
"Ronda Rousey already cleaned out her division and she's doing fight No. 3 with Miesha Tate and this shows for us she already cleaned the division. When a champ cleans out a division, everybody saw this, the champ goes up to fight somebody else. I'm a champion at 145 and I can drop to 140 to fight her.
"The right way she has to make 145 because champions always do this when you clean out your division."
Rousey claims Cyborg is using steroids to make herself competitive. UFC president Dana White prefers their fight remain in the bantamweight division, per Martin.
Cyborg brushes off any doping claims, per ESPN:
"She (Rousey) can't do anything about my doping. I did this in 2011 and I already passed six tests and it's the same exams she's doing. Because we are in the same organization now. All exams are the same commission. I don't think it's right she says something she cannot prove.
"I'm ready. I've been ready for this fight for a long time. If it don't happen now because it don't happen, but I think if the UFC wants to make this fight happen, they have the power to do it.
"I'm ready. Tomorrow, I want to fight. I'd fight. I go to win. She already knows this."
After the bout with Tate, Rousey will star in a movie entitled "Mile 22." Mark Wahlberg will be her co-star, per HollywoodReporter.com.
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