After having announced her departure from UFC, Bethe ‘Pitbull’ Correia, herself having written a farewell message on her social networks, the fighter, it seems, will make another appearance at the premier MMA organization in the world.
According to Fight report with sources close to the negotiation, the Brazilian faces the Chinese Yanan Wu, in a UFC event scheduled for December 5th, in what should mark the last fight in her career.
Correia joined the UFC in 2013 as an undefeated women’s bantamweight and enjoyed three wins in a row over the likes of Julia Kedzie, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Bazler. Known for her aggressive and fearless style within the cage, that winning run earned her a shot at Ronda Rousey’s 135-pound title only to result in her suffering her first professional loss following a first-round knockout. Correia (11-5-1) was undefeated at 9-0 when she fought Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. At the time, Rousey was the biggest star in the sport and Correia was her most bitter foe. UFC 190 ended up doing big numbers on pay-per-view, and Rousey knocked out Correia in 34 seconds.
Bethe Correia: One of a kind
The Brazilian would go on to win just twice in her next seven outings with her most recent performance being a unanimous decision defeat to Sweden’s Pannie Kianzad last month. She has also lost three of her last four outings.
Now, at 37, the Brazilian – one of the longest-lived fighters on UFC roaster- is preparing for the farewell fight of her career, on the stage where she built a large part of her career and does not qualify to solidify the female MMA. An opponent of the Brazilian on December 5, Yanan Wu, 24, has far less experience than Bethe in the main league in the world. In the UFC since 2017, the Chinese has won one triumph and two defeats in the octagon. In all, the Asian fighter has 11 victories, seven by knockout, and three setbacks in her career.
The UFC had reportedly released Correia following the loss to Kianzad which makes sense considering UFC president Dana White has said the promotion is looking to trim its roster to make room for new fighters from the Contender Series. However, it appears the UFC is doing Correia a solid here and allowing her to go out on her own terms. With a win against Wu, the Brazilian Correia has the chance to move above a .500 record in the UFC.
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