34-Year-Old UFC Bantamweight 10-3-1
October 25, 2017 Bethe Correia News
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Correia has suffered an eye injury that forced her to undergo emergency surgery, MMAFighting.com reports.
Correia revealed in a personal Instagram post that she had been scheduled to fight Irene Aldana in January, though the promotion had never announced that fight. That bout will be on hold for what appears to be several months, as Correia's manager believes she won't be able to resume training until the end of 2017. Barring any setbacks, look for Correia to return to the Octagon before the midway point of 2018.
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Fantasy AnalysisCorreia took a high head-kick that sent her to the mat against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. This fight was on the feet with Holm landing 10 more significant strikes than Correia, who was trying to keep a good distance from her opponent. However, "Pitbull" decided to taunt Holm in the last round and was finished off shortly after. Due to loose teeth, Correia was given a 180-day medical suspension pending dental clearance. Other fighters to receive long suspensions from the event include Andrei Arlovski, Colby Covington, Dong Hyun Kim, Walt Harris and Li Jingliang. All will have to sit out unless cleared earlier by a physician.
Fantasy AnalysisIt has been all downhill for Correia ever since she talked herself into a title shot against Ronda Rousey in mid-2015. Bethe is 1-3-1 in her last five fights and she has proven time and time again that she isn't a top-10 fighter in the UFC women's bantamweight division. On Saturday she was obliterated with a high kick from Holm that nearly knocked her head off. What made matters worse was the fact that Correia was taunting Holm prior to the finish. If you're going to mock the opposition, you should probably have some skills of your own inside the cage. The Brazilian will probably get another shot with the company, but her UFC career is essentially over at this point.
Fantasy AnalysisCorreia will enter the bout having gone just 1-2-1 in her last four. Her most recent fight resulted in a majority draw against Marlon Reneau in March, but she owns a solid 10-2-1 mark overall and has a good history in the bantamweight class, challenging Ronda Rousey for UFC bantamweight gold at one point. Both fighters enter the match in desperation mode after recent struggles in the octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a tale of two fights. Correia seemingly won Rounds 1 and 2, although she didn't do it in overwhelming fashion. She was able to string together a few combinations here in there, although the story of the first ten minutes was Reneau's lack of offense. In Round 3, Correia immediately found herself on the defensive. She ate numerous power shots, particularly when she was turtled up on the mat. Referee Camilia Albuquerque, who had a rough evening, could have stopped the fight on multiple occasions. Correia managed to see the final bell, but her poor performance over the final frame cost her a win. The highlight of Correia's career is going to be her fight against Ronda Rousey in which she was knocked out in 27 seconds. She just doesn't have the requisite skills to beat the best 135-pound women in the world.
Fantasy AnalysisIn what was a truly evenly matched fight in every sense of the word, Correia got stronger as the fight progressed while Eye faded. Correia won the total strike battle by a count of 69-63, while Eye took the significant strike count by a score of 52-49. Both women are well below-average athletes with poor footwork, so it wasn't the least bit surprising that this was an ugly bout. The Brazilian was in desperate need of a win following back-to-back losses to Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington. Correia loads up on every shot she throws which is a monumental problem, but Eye wasn't good enough to take advantage of that flaw. Despite the win, Correia isn't a top-ten bantamweight.
Fantasy AnalysisCorreia desperately needs to get back into the win column, as she has now suffered back-to-back losses in the UFC. Few can blame her for getting knocked out by Ronda Rousey, but Correia was unable to take advantage of a bounceback opportunity when she lost a split decision to Raquel Pennington in April. Eye's career has hit a bit of a rut as well, as she has lost three straight fights dating back to July of 2015. The crowd will be heavily behind Eye in her hometown, however, so Correia will need to be ready for an electric environment.
Fantasy AnalysisThis fight was so close that no one would have questioned the judge's call if Correia got the victory. Correia won the total strike battle by a count of 99-84 and she managed to defend all four of Pennington's takedown attempts, but it still wasn't enough to pull out a win. Bethe started her UFC career with three-straight wins, but all three of those victories came against fighters (Julie Kedzie, Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler) who are no longer with the company. It wasn't a dreadful performance considering Correia was coming off her 34-second loss to Ronda Rousey last August, but Correia didn't do anything to standout in a deep women's bantamweight division. The Brazilian is going to find herself ranked outside the top-10 when the UFC updates their rankings.
Fantasy AnalysisIf Correia is looking for a positive, she lasted 20 seconds longer than Cat Zingano and 18 seconds longer than Alexis Davis did against Rousey. The entire world knew this was coming, but what's being looked over here is the fact that Correia simply isn't any good. She's never beaten anyone of note in her entire career and she talked her way into a title shot. A case can certainly be made that Correia isn't even a top-10 fighter in the women's bantamweight division. She's already 32-years old, so it's not like Correia has all this untapped athletic potential that we haven't seen yet. Despite Saturday's brutal defeat, Correia signed a new eight-fight extension with the UFC last month, so she isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Fantasy AnalysisCorreia has an undefeated 9-0 professional record, but she's never faced anyone good, let alone the best female pound-for-pound fighter in the world. She will try to use her boxing to her advantage on Saturday, but odds are that Rousey will just toss her to the ground and submit her. You would have to scour the earth high and low to find someone who is picking Correia to win this fight.
Fantasy AnalysisCorreia is 3-0 since joining the UFC and 9-0 in her professional career. The recent success has earned her an upcoming title shot against Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 on August 1, but the new deal will secure her future with the promotion after that. The Rousey fight has the potential to be the defining moment of her career, but regardless of the outcome, she'll be a regular in the UFC for several years to come.