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Bethe Correia: fighting Ronda Rousey in Brazil 'would be a dream come true'

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UFC Women's bantamweight contender Bethe Correia has recently been very vocal in her pursuit of a title shot against Ronda Rousey and now she has her heart set on a location too.

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Bethe Correia's recent pursuit of a title shot has been relentless. The Brazilian brawler has had an impressive run in the UFC thus far, further adding to an unblemished record with wins over Julie Kedzie, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. While Correia's in-cage exploits have earned her a place in the UFC rankings, it has been her recent call outs of the champion, Ronda Rousey. The wins and the talk have both elevated her to title shot consideration and if she does get the title shot, she wants it to be in her native Brazil.

"It would be a dream come true to fight her in Brazil because I want to bring the title to Brazil," Correia told MMAFighting.com. "I'm a patriot woman and I love to fight against foreigners, especially against Americans. I love to represent Brazil. I'm motivated by pressure and responsibility, I fight better this way, and I want to bring the UFC title to my country. It's going to be wonderful."

While Correia hasn't beaten many ranked fighters in the UFC, she has beaten two very important people - Ronda Rousey's teammates. This has rubbed the champion the wrong way and Correia is hoping that the pursuit of revenge for her fallen teammates will push Rousey to fight Correia when she returns from filming "Mile 22" over the summer.

"I beat her little friends in the United States, one of them in her hometown, so it's a chance for Ronda to come try to avenge her losses," Correia continued. "Ronda got pissed that I beat them in front of her. I hope Ronda was a good friend, that she supported her friends when they lost to me, because she will need a shoulder to cry on after I beat her."

Correia has certainly talked a big game since signing for the UFC and it seems like her continuous call outs of the champion have done their job, but while Rousey is taking a break from fighting, the UFC is trying to push Correia into staying active and fighting fellow top contender Jessica Eye.