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Pic: Bethe Correia undergoes emergency surgery, pulled from UFC Rio


Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender, Bethe Correia, was expected to fight Irene Aldana at the upcoming FOX Sports 1 event on Jan. 14, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Yes, the same one as this guy.

Unfortunately, “Pitbull” was felled by her recent eye injury, one that required emergency surgery, and will not be able to perform her duties. She did, however, promise to come back stronger in the first quarter of 2018.

From Instagram:

In the first place I want to thank Irene Aldana for agreeing to fight with me in January. She was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous octagon in the world will take few more months. I was so excited to show to the world my evolution and what I learned with my experiences in Thailand and in Texas, anyway ... I'll meet you in the first semester of 2018. Injuries are a part of a fighter’s life and it prepares us for tough battles and for the overcoming of adversity, making us psychologically stronger. I want to thank Dr. Remo Turchetti for the success of the treatment, making me fit and prepared for the next UFC battles.


Correia (10-3-1) was looking to rebound from her knockout loss to former 135-pound titleholder Holly Holm, which took place at UFC Fight Night 111 last June. The Brazilian is just 1-3-1 since finishing Shayna Baszler in late 2014.

See you in 2018.

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