Brazilian slugger Bethe Correia is going to headline next month’s UFC Fight Night 111 card against former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm.
Correia has earned a few KO/TKO wins during her professional MMA career and plans on getting another against Holm.
“(Boxing) is her main weapon, but it’s mine, too,” Correia said to MMA Fighting. "I always believe in my hands and I’m not afraid to stand against anyone, not even her. I have heavy hands. I have more punching power, I’m strong. If I decide to trade with Holly, it will be a tough fight. But I’m a MMA fighter and I can fight anywhere, too. A striking contest between us will be really interesting. I want to beat Holly Holm because people talk about me defeating a top-five (opponent), and I think this is the moment to show my striking qualities against a top ranked opponent. I believe I can get a knockout. I see many holes in her striking, so I’m confident. I have nothing to lose in this fight, so I’m going straight forward. There are styles that match up well, and I believe I will grow more with Holly’s style. I feel more comfortable. That’s why I believe I can beat her standing."
The Brazilian has won four of her seven fights under the UFC banner, but only one of those victories came by way of KO/TKO.
Although Holm is a former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Correia feels that she is a little overrated.
"I think she was a bit overrated and that’s too risky for an athlete’s career because they put you in fights you shouldn't take,” Correia said. "Holly comes from a tough fight, a loss, and she doesn’t take time off to recover, to analyze, to breathe, to travel and see things she has to work on. She takes another fight and ends up risking her career. I think that, after I win, it will depend on how they will take care of her career. If they don’t take good care of it, she might retire early. It depends on her head and how people around her will take care of her.”
UFC Fight Night 111 takes place on Saturday, June 17 from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore with Bethe Correia and Holly Holm headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass.