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Bethe Correia makes tasteless comment ahead of title fight, Rousey responds



LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 26:  UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session on December 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

 (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Trash talk in the world of combat sports is an art form. Some folks excel and some folks, well, not so much. Bethe Correia earned her title shot against Ronda Rousey by beating her friends and using finger gestures  – it worked just fine. The challenger made a statement this past Wednesday at a Q & A session in Brazil that she probably didn’t think would cause such a stir. “Please don’t kill yourself, don’t commit suicide, because I will give you the rematch,” Correia said in bad taste. It’s been well documented that Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was just 8 years of age after he was left paralyzed from a tragic sledding accident.

Rousey responded to Correia’s words on twitter soon after learning about it.

Correia would offer her future opponent an apology yesterday.

When someone’s apology is more about them than the person they are apologizing to it’s hard to take it as sincere. While this is a rather tasteless way to promote a fight, everyone must be held responsible for their words – especially in this age of social media. Correia brought up so many other details about Rousey’s personal past to the public on Wednesday which makes it extremely difficult to believe she didn’t know what she was saying when she said it.

Unfortunately, this will be a major talking point heading up to August 1st when these two competitors fight for the most coveted prize in all of women’s mixed martial arts.

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