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UFC 237: Bethe Correia returns against Irene Aldana

Brazilian No.12 women’s bantamweight Bethe Correia (10-3-1) confirmed on her Twitter account that she is returning from a 23 month layoff to fight Mexican No. 10 Irene Aldana (9-4-0) at Brazil’s UFC 237 in May.

Correia’s last fight was a TKO loss to former bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC Fight Night 111 in June 2017. She has been recovering from injuries since then, so it will be interesting to see if she can return to her former level at 35 years of age.

Meanwhile, the prospect label on Aldana, 30, has lost some shine since her days in Invicta FC. She is 2-2-0 in the octagon and has not registered a finish yet, but with decision victories over Talita Bernardo and Lucie Pudilova, perhaps she is finding her way back.

UFC 237 is scheduled for May 11 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Scheduled matches include:

Rose Namajunas (8-3-0) vs. Jessica Andrade (19-6-0)

Anderson Silva (34-9-0, 1NC) vs. Jared Cannonier (11-4-0)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-8-0) vs. Ryan Spann (15-5-0)

Wu Yanan (10-2-0) vs. Luana Carolina (5-1-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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