Three familiar faces have been cut from the UFC’s roster this week, with Bethe Correia, Evan Dunham and Tai Tuivasa all having been released.
The 37-year-old Bethe Correia joined the UFC in 2013 and is of course best known for her rivalry and eventual title fight with Ronda Rousey back in 2015, which came after she started calling out ‘Rowdy’ while making a 3-0 start to her time in the Octagon, including back-to-back wins over the champion at the times training partners Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler.
However, despite her pre-fight trash-talk, Correia wasn’t able to back up her words with action in the Octagon during their blockbuster fight and was promptly KO’d in just 34 seconds.
From a strong 9-0 start to her MMA career, that fight would mark the beginning of a slump in form that would last for the remainder of Correia’s UFC run, picking up just two wins and a draw from eight fights, with a decision loss to Pannie Kianzad in July proving to be her final bout for the promotion.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Evan Dunham has been with the UFC for over a decade, and made a strong start to his time in the Octagon back in 2009 with a four-fight winning streak.
Overall he racked up 21 fights in the UFC, going 11-9-1, with his biggest wins coming over the likes of Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson, Gleison Tibau, Nick Lentz and Tyson Griffin.
Dunham actually retired in 2018 after losing two fights in a row, but returned for a fight with Herbert Burns in June, which led to him swiftly being submitted in the opening round.
Finally, 27-year-old heavyweight Tai Tuivasa has also been released after he suffered a three-fight losing streak against Junior dos Santos, Blagoy Ivanov and Sergery Spivak.
‘Shoeyvasa’ had initially burst into the UFC spotlight with four victories in a row, with the latter being a unanimous decision victory over Andrei Arlovski, but he’ll now have to try to get back to winning ways in a different organization.