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Bethe Correia on 'selfish' Ronda Rousey: 'I'm gonna be the people's champ'

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Bethe Correia has amassed an undefeated 9-0 record and beaten two of Ronda Rousey's team mates. Now Correia feels it is her time to take on the "really selfish" champion.

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While most fight fans have been transfixed by the story of Ronda Rousey's meteoric rise to the top of the upper echelon of combat sports, one fighter remains unimpressed.

Bethe Correia has paved a path of destruction so far in her short UFC career. Speaking prior to Ronda Rousey's title defense against Cat Zingano at UFC 184, the Brazilian revealed that she feels Rousey is very selfish and not a good champion.

"She did a good thing that was bringing the UFC the female fights," the Brazilian said through a translator in an interview with "She convinced Dana to do it. But I don't think she's a good champion. I think she's really selfish. She just thinks about herself, about making movies, dressing well, showing up. I'm not gonna be like this, I'm gonna be a real champ. I'm gonna do something for the people. I'm gonna be the people's champ."

It remains to be seen if Correia, who is so far unbeaten in her Mixed Martial Arts career, has done enough to earn the opportunity to face Rousey. For what it's worth, Correia feels that she is definitely deserving of a title shot.

"I'm waiting for the UFC to decide," Correia said. "I'm ready. I've done everything that's possible in my way. I fought everyone. I challenge everyone. Dana White wants me to samba? Maybe I can do a little samba if that's what you want. I can do everything that is possible to me, because I really, really want this fight."

An imminent title shot for Bethe Correia seems unlikely as Hollywood has once more came calling for Ronda Rousey, the champion has been pegged to appear in "Mile 22" alongside Iko Uwais, which begins shooting in mid-May.

As far as Correia is concerned, she is the rightful number one contender though it remains to be seen if she will elect to stay busy during Rousey's absence or continue to call the champion out.

"Every day I challenge Ronda, I ask for the fight," Correia said. "I'm gonna do whatever it takes. I already feel like the champ. I don't feel like Ronda is the champ. I feel like I'm the one that is the champ and all that is missing is the belt. I'm going to do whatever it takes. I'm going in there to kill her, spank her, to kick her ass. If it is what it takes, I'm gonna do it."