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Ronda Rousey forces UFC 190 challenger Bethe Correia to apologize for ‘suicide’ remark

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The war of words leading up to UFC 190, when bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (11-0) will face off against challenger Bethe Correia (9-0), took a serious turn this week when the topic of suicide was thrown around in the routine trash-talk.

Rousey’s dad committed suicide when she was eight years old and, while Correia didn’t bring up Rousey’s past directly, the Brazilian did remark to Brazil’s Combate Web site that she hopes Rousey “doesn’t commit suicide” after their bout on Aug. 1.

“I want to demoralize her, show the world she has no MMA game,” Correia said. “She doesn’t have a good mind-set, she needs to get help. There are a lot of people around her, because she is winning, when she realizes she is not all that, I don’t even know what could happen. I hope she doesn’t commit suicide.”

Rousey fired back early Thursday morning on Twitter, effectively shutting down Correia’s mind games.

In response, Correia quickly took to her own Twitter account to apologize for the remark, which she says she made without knowing Rousey’s background.

Rousey offered no further followup, but if she’s still mad, she’ll be able to get even on Aug. 1 when the two meet in their championship bout in Rio. Although both fighters are undefeated, Rousey is going in as the heavy favorite, with a money line set at -1,400, according to Bovada.

(H/t: Bloody Elbow)