On Saturday, Aug. 1, the UFC hosted UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the night’s main event, undefeated women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey took on Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia. Rousey moved her record to 11-0 with a 14-second demolition of Cat Zingano in February. The 28-year-old’s last two wins had lasted a combined 30 seconds. Correia, meanwhile, also entered the contest unbeaten. However, unlike Rousey, who had finished all of her opponents, the Brazilian had gone the distance in seven of her nine professional outings.
The co-main event featured former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against countryman Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The pair met previously in 2005 under the Pride FC banner, with Rua taking home a unanimous decision win. Recently the two veterans coached opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.
The 13-fight event kicked off Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with two fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the seven-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey continued her dominance, stopping Brazilian Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds. Rousey pressed forward, forcing Correia to try to clinch. Rousey scored with uppercuts and backed Correia against the cage. Rousey flurried with punches and rocked Correia. Correia tried to circle away, but a right hand buckled her legs and a follow-up left from Rousey sent Correia crashing face first into the canvas.
Two legends of the sport went to battle for a second time as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua once again edged countryman Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the scorecards. Shogun was in control early, using a measured approach with his striking. Nogueira turned the tide with a short left hand that rocked Shogun. Nogueira flurried along the fence, but Shogun recovered. In round two, Shogun scored with a takedown and a series of body kicks. The final round was close as Shogun continued to score from range. He looked for a takedown late, prompting Nogueira to look for a guillotine that he couldn’t finish. Shogun got back in the win column with the judges’ nod.
In the lightweight final of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, Glaico Franca submitted Fernando Bruno in the third round. It was a grueling affair between the Brazilians, with each earning takedowns, but doing little with them. Franca took Bruno’s back late in round two, but he could not finish before the bell. Bruno fought like he was down on the cards in the final frame, but he ran out of gas and Franca again took his back. A rear-naked choke forced Bruno to tap with just 14 seconds left in the bout.
The bantamweight final of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 was an all-out war between Reginaldo Vieira and Dileno Lopes. The two Brazilians clinched immediately and traded short shots. Vieira was the first to look for a guillotine choke, but Lopes escaped and then answered with one of his own. Vieira defended, but Lopes again attacked his neck. In round two, the pace slowed and Vieira scored on the feet. Lopes countered well and earned a late takedown. Lopes earned another takedown in round three and again looked for a guillotine, but Vieira persevered. When the bloody affair was over, the judges rewarded Vieira for his efforts.
Towering heavyweight Stefan Struve used his length and size to get the best of MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nogueira worked hard for a takedown, but he couldn’t find it. Struve scored with right hands that wobbled Nogueira, but he did not go down. Nogueira briefly got Struve to the ground in round two and looked to take his back, but the Dutchman quickly returned to his feet. Nogueira continued to wade through punches and kicks in round three, despite Struve’s striking accuracy. In the end, all three judges rewarded Struve for his efforts on the scorecards.
Former title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva survived a tough first round against Australia’s Soa Palelei to comeback and earn a second-round TKO. The pair jockeyed for position along the cage before Palelei tossed the Brazilian to the ground. Palelei flurried from the top with heavy punches, but the bell saved Bigfoot. In the second, an uppercut from Bigfoot found its mark and hurt Palelei along the cage. Silva flurried with punches and referee John McCarthy stepped in to stop the assault.
Brazil’s Clauida Gadelha gave veteran Jessica Aguilar a rude welcome to the Octagon, battering her en route to clear-cut decision win. Gadelha was aggressive on the feet, quickly bloodying the nose of Aguilar. Late in the frame, the Brazilian scored with a big takedown. Round two was similar. Gadelha continued to score on the feet with combinations before planting Aguilar on her back. Bloodied and battered, Aguilar showed heart in round three, but it wasn’t enough. Gadelha cruised to the decision win.
Brazilian Demian Maia put an end to Neil Magny’s lengthy winning streak with a second-round submission. Maia took Magny to the ground immediately and his superior grappling skills were quickly put on display. He repeatedly mounted Magny and looked for an opening. Magny managed to defend and survive the round. Maia again took Magny down in the second stanza, but this time he moved from mount to Magny’s back. Once there, he slapped on the fight-finishing rear-naked choke.
Light heavyweight Patrick Cummins dominated former Strikeforce titleholder Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante with his wrestling before earning a third-round TKO. Cummins rag-dolled the Brazilian along the fence during the first frame, but absorbed some short shots that caused his face to swell. In round two, an uppercut from Cavalcante busted open the nose of Cummins, but Cummins was able to take the fight to the ground. Cummins took Cavalcante down along the cage in round three and unleashed a barrage of elbows to stop the bout.
Middleweight Warlley Alves remained unbeaten with a second-round submission of Nordine Taleb. Alves caught a kick from Taleb in round one and put him on his back. Taleb worked back to standing, but absorbed an overhand right from Alves that sent him to the mat once more. Round two began similarly to the first, as Alves again put Taleb on the mat. Taleb got back to his feet momentarily, but Alves latched onto his neck and pulled guard, forcing Taleb to tap to the guillotine choke.
In a battle of Brazilians, Iuri Alcantara’s well-rounded skill set proved to be too much for grappling ace Leandro Issa. Alcantara scored early on the feet, but Issa took the fight to the mat and took control. Alcantara avoided Issa’s submission attempts to survive the round. In the last two rounds, Alcantara kept the fight standing and repeatedly rocked Issa with left hands and body kicks. Issa managed to see the scorecards, but there was no doubt that Alcantara had won.
Brazil’s Vitor Miranda used a combination of superior conditioning and vicious ground-and-pound to stop fellow The Ultimate Fighter alum Clint Hester by TKO. Hester scored with an early takedown, but his cardio failed him as he tried to hold Miranda down. Miranda reversed the position and busted up Hester with elbows from the top. It was more of the same in round two as Miranda unloaded on Hester from top position, forcing referee Herb Dean to halt the contest.
Argentina’s Guido Cannetti edged out Brazilian Hugo Viana and earned a unanimous decision win in the opening bout of the evening. The pair were tentative early, but Cannetti rocked Viana with a head kick in the middle stanza. Viana recovered and pushed the action, but faded badly in the final round. Cannetti mixed in takedowns and earned the judges’ nod.