Bantamweights Irene Aldana and Bethe Correia to Clash at UFC 237

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Better late than never! Already having been scheduled to face each other once before in the past, Mexico’s Irene Aldana (9-4) and Brazil’s Bethe Correia (10-3-1) have now been re-scheduled to do battle on Correia’s home turf in Curitiba, Brazil for UFC 237.

Unfortunately, injuries are a part of all sports and more often than not, every single athlete will have to deal with them at one point or another. For perennial top-15 UFC bantamweight contender Bethe Correia, she’s been sidelined since June 2017 when she suffered a third-round defeat to Holly Holm in the main event of UFC Singapore.

Having not fought since then, Correia has tried to make her return as early as August 2018 at UFC 227 when she was booked to square off with Irene Aldana. However, a lingering eye injury from an accident Correia was involved in wouldn’t allow the California State Athletic Commission to clear her for the bout. Thus scrapping it entirely.

In the meantime, Aldana would go on to slug it out with Lucie Pudilova at UFC 228 in a fight of the year candidate. Aldana would end up taking home the unanimous decision win.

Ultimately, the time seems to be now for Aldana and Correia as Combate has reported that the two are now set to meet for UFC 237 on May 11 in Curitiba, Brazil.

Correia will be seeking her first victory since September 2016 when she picked up a split decision nod over Jessica Eye at UFC 203. For Aldana, she’ll look to extend her current winning streak to three straight.

As for the rest of UFC 237, it currently only has two other fights on it so far. One being the big strawweight title bout between defending champion Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade, with the other being a light heavyweight encounter between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Spann.

Top flyweight contender Ariane Lipski has also recently expressed interest in competing on the card.

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