Drilling a clearly overmatched opponent with a straight right hand to the temple might give someone a bad reputation, but not Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey.
It could be argued that Rousey did not fit the bill of her signature walkout song, Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” as she only improved her reputation by taking out the previously undefeated Bethe Correia in the UFC 190 main event on Saturday at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. After all the pre-fight trash talk from the challenger, including suicidal references that struck a nerve with Rousey, one hoped the Brazilian could last more than 34 seconds. However, Correia suffered a fate with which many of the champion’s previous victims can relate, and the performance did nothing to help her reputation as a legitimate contender in the division. Talk, as it often does, proved cheap.
Correia’s entrance song, Valesca Popozuda’s “Beijinho no Ombro” translates to “Peck on Shoulder” in English and served as a precursor to the amount of damage the Brazilian would inflict on Rousey: not much. Correia clipped the champion with a few glancing blows but nothing of significance. Rousey, meanwhile, peppered her with punches until she went face-first to the canvas.
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In the co-main event, Mauricio Rua could have been singing hymns before and after his rematch with Antonio Rogerio Nogueria, much like his walkout song suggested. “Hymne,” by Armin Van Buuren, accompanied “Shogun” to the Octagon; and the 2005 Pride Fighting Championships middleweight grand prix winner needed a few prayers after he absorbed a flurry of punches from Nogueira and wobbled back to his corner at the conclusion of the first round. “Minotoro” also nearly ended it with a guillotine choke in the third, but Rua nevertheless saw his hand raised. “Hymne” means “anthem” in German, but the loose English translation seems like a better fit in this case.
The two finals of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4” helped fill out the seven-fight main card, and lightweight winner Glaico Franca fought just as his walkout song advised. Major Laser’s “Leon On” evidently spoke to him during his three-round battle with Fernando Bruno, as he pushed him against the cage and leaned on him until he found an opening for the rear-naked choke. In the other final, Reginaldo Vieira embodied the name of the band Survivor, which brought the walkout tune “Burning Heat” to life. Vieira survived three guillotine attempts from Dileno Lopes to take a unanimous decision.
Other notable choices included Don Omar’s “Danza Kuduro,” which brought Soa Palelei to the cage, and Linkin Park’s “Numb,” which shepherded Demian Maia to the Octagon.
UFC 190 WALKOUT SONGSRonda Rousey: “Bad Reputation” | Joan Jett
Bethe Correia: “Beijinho no Ombro” | Valesca Popozuda
Mauricio Rua: “Hymne” | Armin Van Buuren
Glaico Franca: “Lean On” Major Lazer
Dileno Lopes: “Vida Loka Pt. 2” | Racionais MCs
Reginaldo Vieira: “Burning Heat” | Survivor
Stefan Struve: “Gimme the Prize” | Queen
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: “Come with Me” | Puff Daddy (Led Zeppelin Remix)
Soa Palelei: “Danza Kuduro” | Don Omar
Antonio Silva: “Lado B Lado A” | O Rappa
Jessica Aguilar: “El Gallo De Oro” | Ana Gabriel
Claudia Gadelha: “Na Frente Do Reto” | O Rappa
Neil Magny: “No regrets” | Lecrae
Demian Maia: “Numb” | Linkin Park
Rafael Cavalcante: “Suite 14” | Henrique & Diego
Patrick Cummins: “Oblivion” | Grimes
Nordine Taleb: “Go Hard or Go Home” | Wiz Khalifa
Leandro Issa: “Drama Negro” | Racionais MC’s
Iuri Alcantara: “Nao Morrerei” | Marquinhos Gomes
Clint Hester: “I Bang” | Clint Hester
Vitor Miranda: “Tropa de Elite” | Tihuana
Guido Cannetti: “M Buenos Aires Querido” | Carlos Gardel