Bethe Correia is upset that she won’t get to return in January for a fight that hadn’t even been announced yet by the UFC.
The former title contender revealed on Instagram that she was dropping out of a fight against former Invicta FC competitor Irene Aldana that was tentatively scheduled for a rumored event in Brazil in January.
According to Correia, she suffered an eye injury that put her into emergency surgery and the damage was severe enough that she won’t be ready to return in January as previously scheduled.
“I want to thank Irene Aldana for agreeing to fight with me in January. I was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous Cctagon in the world will take few more months,” Correia wrote on her Instagram page.
In the first place I want to thank @irene.aldana for agreeing to fight with me in January. I was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous octagon in the world will take few more months. I was so excited to show to the world my evolution and what I learned with my experiences in Thailand and in Texas, anyway … I'll meet you in the first semester of 2018. Injuries are a part of a fighter’s life and it prepares us for tough battles and for the overcoming of adversity, making us psychologically stronger. I want to thank Dr. Remo Turchetti for the success of the treatment, making me fit and prepared for the next @ufc battles. . Primeiramente queria agradecer a Irene Aldana, por aceitar lutar comigo em janeiro, estava super animada em ir pra guerra com uma mexicana. Infelizmente tive um acidente, tendo que passar por uma cirugia de urgência e minha volta ao octógono mais famoso do mundo será adiado por uns meses a mais. Estava extremamente empolgada em mostrar ao mundo minha evolução e o que aprendi nos meus intercâmbios na Tailandia e no Texas, enfim… encontro vocês no primeiro semestre de 2018. Lesões faz parte da vida de lutador e serve para nos preparar para batalhas duras e com a superação nos deixa psicologicamente mais forte. Quero agradecer ao Dr. Remo Turchetti pelo sucesso no tratamento, me deixando apta para as próximas batalhas no UFC.
Correia last fought in June when she suffered a knockout loss to Holly Holm, which moved her to 1-3-1 over her past five fights.
Correia wasn’t specific on when she planned to return to the Octagon other than saying it would be during 2018. As far as Aldana is concerned, because the UFC never officially announced the matchup it’s likely she’ll just get shifted to a new date and opponent.