Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight title contender, Bethe Correia, made her long-awaited return to mixed martial arts (MMA) because the fans were “begging her to come back.”
I guess her refrigerator was begging her to stay.
Correia missed weight by a whopping five pounds at the UFC 237 early weigh-ins on Friday (full results here), tipping the scale at 141 for her 135-pound showdown against Irene Aldana, far above the one-pound allowance provided in non-title fights.
The Brazilian was fined 30-percent of her purse, according to MMA Fighting, payable to Aldana, and the fight will continue as scheduled. That is no doubt a sigh of relief to the promotion after already losing a main card bout to kidney stones.
Correia (10-3-1) has not competed since her knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC Fight Night 111 back in summer 2017. “Pitbull” has just one victory over the past five years, a split-decision nod over flyweight contender Jessica Eye.
For much more on UFC 237, which takes place this Sat. night (May 11, 2019) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, click here.