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Former UFC bantamweight title contender Bethe Correia officially retires

As promised, UFC bantamweight Bethe Correia officially retired after her bout with Karol Rosa at UFC Vegas 38 earlier tonight.

Correia (11-6-1), 38, came up on the short end of a 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26 unanimous decision loss to Rosa (15-3-0) in Las Vegas. She came in 2.5 pounds over the bantamweight weight limit as well, surrendering 20 per cent of her purse to Rosa.

“(It’s a) very emotional moment for me,” Correia explained in the post-fight interview. “It’s been very emotional for me, a lot of deja vu moments for me. I can only thank the UFC for all the opportunities they gave me.”

Correia will be remembered for the bad blood between her and champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Brazil. Correia was unsuccessful, losing via TKO in the first round, but had racked up 3 straight wins in the UFC up to that point and was undefeated in nine bouts.

Since losing to Rousey, Correia has gone 2-5-1, while headlining two UFC events. She competed against many of the big names of the division, including Jessica Eye, Holly Holm, and Irene Aldana.


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

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