Although they have never collided in the octagon, Bethe Correia and former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate have had quite the rivalry, now Correia has called Tate “weak” for retiring after UFC 205.
"She showed she’s bipolar because when the UFC didn’t want her fighting for the belt, she wanted to retire. She lost to Raquel and got herself in a bad phase, lost to Amanda, and announced her retirement," Correia said at a Q&A session (courtesy of MMA Fighting.) "When you’re not going the way you want and you run away from it, that shows weakness. I’ve been through a lot of tough moments in the UFC and never wanted to retire. Quite the opposite. My fight against Ronda left a damage here, and I want to fight more, win more, to have experience, in order to have Rousey vs. Correia 2, maybe here in Sao Paulo, so it can be very different, and leave with my head up. My history with Miesha Tate is very old. First, she called me out as an athlete on social media, and also said a lot of bad things about my personal life, demoralized me as an athlete, and I wanted to fight her, but our paths went different directions. I wanted to fight her again, but at that moment she… I even said I’d fight her for free, in any card, in her backyard, really, because I still have the things she said about me stuck in my throat, especially about my loss to Ronda. She said some bad things, but in the end I saw that her attitude, announcing her retirement, that I’m way above her."
With a fight against Tate an option no more, Correia now has her sights set on a rematch with Raquel Pennington. Top-15 fighter Liz Carmouche called out Correia at UFC 205 last week.
"I really enjoyed Liz Carmouche’s fight (Katlyn Chookagian, UFC 205), but I want a rematch with Raquel," said Correia. "I don’t accept that loss I had against her. I think I won."
Correia hasn’t competed since a split decision win over Jessica Eye at UFC 203, her next fight has yet to be announced by herself or the UFC.