Bethe Correia has been out of the octagon for over a year, has undergone eye surgery, and now, it looks like she’ll be out a little longer.
Woman down at UFC 227. As first reported by Brazil’s Combate, former women’s bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia is out of her fight with Irene Aldana at the Los Angeles event. The UFC later confirmed the news. In a statement Tuesday, the promotion said that “due to injury, Bethe Correia has been forced to withdraw from her UFC 227 bout against Irene Aldana. The fight will not be replaced and the card will proceed with 12 bouts.”
Correia (10-3-1) has just one win in her last five fights, dating back to her loss against Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in 2015. Since then, she’s dropped fights to Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm, while drawing against Marion Reneau. Her lone win in that span came against Jessica Eye at UFC 203 in 2016.
The Holm loss marked her most recent appearance, during which Correia was put down with a question mark kick. Correia was expected to return against Irene Aldana in January, but eye surgery put the fight on hold.
The pair were rebooked for UFC 227 this weekend, but again, Correia is out. There’s been no official statement on the reason for her withdrawal. However, MMA Fighting have cited sources claiming ongoing eye issues are the culprit.
UFC 227 takes place Saturday, August 4 in Los Angeles, CA. TJ Dillashaw vs. Cody Garabrandt tops the card, with Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo as the co-main event. Both fights are rematches.