Ronda Rousey (left) dishes it out to Bethe Correia. (Alexandre Loureiro / Inovafoto via AP)

Ronda Rousey scored a verbal as well as a physical knockout early Sunday morning.

After rendering Bethe Correia unconscious 34 seconds into their UFC bantamweight title bout, Rousey said something to an inert Correia and later explained her perfect comeback:

“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at weigh-ins; she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins, she was saying, ‘Don’t cry,’” Rousey said in her post-fight press conference in Rio de Janeiro. “So, I turned around after I knocked her out and said, ‘Don’t cry.'”

[Rousey cleans up in 34 seconds]


Rousey, whose father committed suicide, had taken personally a jab about that by Correia and came up with the perfect drop-the-mic comment.

[What’s next for Rousey?]

She now moves on, most likely placing her undefeated record on the line against Meisha Tate next. She has beaten Tate twice, but, if Tate has any advantage, it’s one of familiarity.

“I think Miesha is one of my greatest challenges because she already has an idea what she’s getting in there with,” Rousey said. “I’ve improved a lot since the last time we fought, but I don’t have that element of surprise that I know she’ll bring something different every time. I’m eager to see what she comes up with this time.”

Early comments by Tate, whose Twitter bio bills her as a “professional face puncher,” were far more tepid than Correia’s, but Tate-Rousey may not come off until early December. There’s plenty of time…