UFC 190 Picks: Analyzing Correia vs. Rousey Odds & Style Breakdown

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 1:04 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 14, 2015 1:04 PM GMT

Ronda Rousey seeks to add to her growing legend by battling undefeated Bethe Correia for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Let’s review the UFC odds and examine the main event at UFC 190.

Bethe Correia (9-0, 2 KO’s, 0 Subs)
Bethe Correia is a Brazilian fighter whose roots are based in kung-fu and striking. She uses an assorted arsenal of spinning back fists, kicks and dirty boxing as her forte and when she attacks she throws in bunches. Her latest conquest was in fact her most impressive when she torched Shayna Baszler with a barrage of strikes that brought her third fight in the UFC to a quick end by virtue of a second-round TKO. It was a thoroughly dominating performance for the 5’5” Correia and one that earned her a shot at the UFC Women’s Bantamweight strap.

Correia’s hands are not nearly as heavy as Rousey’s (whose are?) but she does land almost double the amount of strikes as her UFC 190 opponent. However that can be attributed to many things not the least of which is the fact that when Rousey connects she douses her opposition like a tidal wave on a matchstick. Correia compares favorably with Rousey as well when it comes to striking accuracy, connecting on over 55% of her strikes versus 63.97% for Rowdy Ronda. Correia pales on the mat with no submissions to her credit and a dismal 25% takedown accuracy. However, if you are inclined to back this huge underdog in your UFC picks then know that she owns an 80% takedown defense which will almost certainly decrease after this go-round with the champ.

 

Ronda Rousey (11-0, 2 KO’s, 9 Subs)
There isn’t much to say about Ronda Rousey that hasn’t already been said before. She is a dynamo in her weight class and with each fight brings a bazooka to a knife fight. There are no women currently fighting that pose even the most remote challenge to her quasi-mythical status in the world of MMA save for Cristiane Justino, or simply known as Cyborg, who is the current featherweight champ fighting for the Invicta FC organization. As a 4th degree judoka and a gold medalist in the Pan-American Games she has submission skills that are almost preternatural. It has taken her a grand total of one minute and 36 seconds to dispatch her last three opponents. Only one woman has made it beyond the first round with Rousey and that was Miesha Tate who was battered in rounds one and two before being submitted 58 seconds into the third. Outside of Tate every woman who has ventured inside the Octagon to face Rousey has lasted about as long as a stick of butter in a blast furnace.

Perhaps what is even more impressive about Rousey is that she has expanded her repertoire, which was previously limited to a sublime ground game, to include a murderous brand of striking. Prior to her fight with Sara McMann she had finished all her opponents by submission but as her training evolved to include knees, strikes and elbows she decided McMann would be the first to face the full fury of her standup game. That experiment lasted all of one minute and six seconds before McMann collapsed to the canvas. Her next fight was even more impressive when she KO’ed Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds. The woman is a beast!

 

UFC Odds
If you believe nothing short of a lightning bolt can stop Ronda Rousey then you may fancy a visit to BetDSI.com and get down on Rowdy to the tune of -1300, but if you believe Bethe Correia has what it takes to stop Rousey, then get your bad self on over to 5Dimes.com where they are offering UFC odds of +1000 on Correia.

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