Bethe Correia
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Booked to fight Irene Aldana
BantamweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Correia (eye) has been booked to fight Irena Aldana in a bantamweight bout at UFC 237 in Brazil on May 11, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After being booked to fight Aldana in August at UFC 227, Correia was deemed unfit to compete by the California State Athletic Commission due to the lingering eye issues she's had since she lost to Holly Holm back in 2017. Now, after undergoing another procedure on her injured eye, her third in two years, the fight between the two bantamweights will be back on.
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Needs another eye surgery
BantamweightUFC
August 29, 2018
Correia will undergo another surgery next week to address an eye issue, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC offered Correia the chance to fight Tonya Evinger at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, but the Brazilian had to opt out due to the impending surgery, her third in about two years. Correia, who owns a 10-3-1 career record, hasn't fought since suffering a third-round loss to Holly Holm back in June 2016. The 35-year-old believes the latest eye surgery will require a shorter recovery period than her previous ones, leaving her optimistic that she'll be able to resume training within the next few weeks and fight again before 2018 concludes.
Withdraws from UFC 227
BantamweightUFC
July 31, 2018
Correia has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled bantamweight matchup against Irene Aldana at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Correia has been sidelined since June of 2017 with an eye injury and while she originally hoped to get back in the Octagon in August, the same eye issue will force her to withdraw. Specifics regarding the injury haven't been released, so it's simply a situation to keep an eye on for now. Correia owns a 10-3-1 record and at this point, there's no indication regarding when she'll be medically cleared to fight.
Added to UFC 227
BantamweightUFC
July 1, 2018
Correia (eye) will take on Irene Aldana in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Correia was originally scheduled to fight Aldana in January, but the fight was put on hold as Correia continued to recover from an eye injury. It will be an opportunity for the former title challenger to get back on track, as she's suffered back-to-back loses and hasn't competed since June of 2017 due to the eye injury. She'll draw an opponent in Aldana who is 1-2 in the UFC, but coming off a win over Talita Bernardo in January.
Hoping for July return
BantamweightUFC
April 30, 2018
Correia (eye) is targeting a July return following a year on the shelf, BloodyElbow.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Correia last competed at UFC Fight Night 111, where she suffered a KO defeat at the hands of former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. She'll look to get back on track in July, after going 1-3-1 in her last five UFC fights. Even with the tough stretch, she remains the No. 10 women's 135-pounder on the current UFC rankings.
Suffers eye injury, training on hold
BantamweightUFC
October 25, 2017
Correia has suffered an eye injury that forced her to undergo emergency surgery, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.