Prior to her UFC 190 destruction of Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey said that she would be leaving her belt in Brazil.
“Bethe did have one thing right,” Rousey said, via MMAFighting.com. “She said that the Brazilian people deserve to have the belt left here. So I’ve decided that after I win it, I’m going to make sure that when I have the belt, I don’t take it home with me. I’m going to give it and make sure that it stays someplace in Brazil as my gift.”
On Tuesday, we finally learned where she will leave her belt.
Rousey has decided to leave her belt on display at Instituto Reação — a judo school owned by Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto.
This is the same school that previously received a $30,000 check from the champ.
Judo holds a very special place in Rousey’s life. After all, it was the base for her mixed martial arts career. Rousey was also the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo back in Beijing in 2008 and her mother was the first American to win at the World Judo Championships.
Now, with Rousey’s belt on display in Brazil, the Brazilian MMA fans will have something available to see that will give them a great reminder of that special night in Rio for UFC 190.
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