It was recently reported that Bethe Correia had been released by the UFC, but it seems that those plans may have changed, with the fighter herself revealing that she will have one last fight in the Octagon before hanging up her gloves for good.
“Only a fighter knows the time to stop and follow other paths… Only a fighter and their allies know to tell apart the lies from the truth from what the media puts out,” Correira wrote on the Instagram. “Yes! This will be my last fight and it could not be at any event other than the one and only @UFC Countless lies have been told out there, but I remained centered! I know who I am and I know my story. I have a strong and daring personality that has been the essence of my career and has added many rilvaries that strengthened Women’s MMA. What I leave behind me is my legacy of a fighter who has a bold posture, presentation and unique celebration style in the fighting world. A personality that makes many curious to know more about me. It’s not by chance that #betheeffect is out there. Love me or hate me, in the end everybody wanted to stop to watch me fight. I reached Pay Per View record numbers that back then had not been reached for many years. I have fought the very best and I always made the news. I am certain that I have left my mark and now it’s time to let a new generation arise. And I know that I have taught both good and bad lessons. My very last fight will be at the best in the whole world… Where I dreamed and seeked to fight. This December I will be in the UFC octagon. I will cherish every moment of it and I know I’ll miss it! I’m incredibly thankful to the UFC for the recognition of my career and history, they have never denied me a request. #ForeverUFC #ForeverWomensMMA #teamcorreia #ufc.”
The 37-year-old made a big impact early in her UFC run, winning three fights in a row to set up a blockbuster title encounter against Ronda Rousey, but since her infamous 34 second KO loss she’s been on a steep downward slide and has only mustered two wins from her last eight fights.
Now she’ll get one last chance to end her career on a high when she takes on China’s Wu Yanan at UFC Fight Night 186 on December 5th.