UFC 177 Results: 3 Fights for Bethe Correia to Take Next
On Saturday night, Bethe Correia squared off against Shayna Baszler on the main card of UFC 177. The two had a highly entertaining fight that ended by TKO in the second after Correia landed a flurry of punches up against the cage.
Correia is now 9-0 in her career and 3-0 in the UFC with one finish. She was hoping to take down the "Four Horsewomen," which consists of Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir and Ronda Rousey. However, while Correia has beaten Baszler and Duke, she likely won't face Shafir, who is a featherweight in a regional organization right now.
According to Dana White, per MMA Junkie, Correia is also not necessarily next in line for a title shot.
Therefore, the final two Horsewomen will have to wait.
In the meantime, let's check out three other fights for Correia to take.
Sarah Kaufman is currently ranked No. 5 in the women's bantamweight division. She is 1-0 (1 NC) in the UFC and is a one-time Strikeforce bantamweight title challenger. She was beaten by Ronda Rousey in just under one minute.
Since 2011, Kaufman is 5-1 (1 NC), with the lone loss coming to Rousey and the no contest a result of a failed drug test by Jessica Eye.
Kaufman has faced a who's who in the division, having beaten No. 4-ranked Alexis Davis twice, No. 2-ranked Miesha Tate, No. 7-ranked Liz Carmouche and No. 13-ranked Leslie Smith twice.
A fight with Correia gives Kaufman a chance to get on a good win streak. For Correia, it presents a chance to break into the upper tier of the division.
Alexis Davis is currently ranked No. 4 in the division. Her last fight was a 16-second knockout loss to champion Ronda Rousey.
Before that fight, Davis had won five straight bouts and eight out of her last nine, including wins in her first three UFC fights. She has beaten the likes of Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche and Rosi Sexton.
Davis fought Rousey back in July and will likely be looking for a fight soon to get herself back into title contention. Following a loss as quick as her last one, a fight with someone ranked a bit lower in the division could be good for Davis.
Sara McMann is a one-time title challenger and former Olympian. McMann is 8-1 in her MMA career and 2-1 in the UFC. Her lone loss came against Ronda Rousey in just over one minute.
In McMann's first fight after her failed title effort, she faced Lauren Murphy and earned a split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). That came in early August, meaning McMann may be looking to get her next fight around the same time as Correia.
This would be a huge fight for Correia, but if the UFC is serious about making her a title challenger, a fight with McMann would be a chance to prove that she deserves that shot.