Bethe Correia’s swan song in the Ultimate Fighting Championship will have to come at a later date.
The former bantamweight title challenger revealed via Instagram that she recently required emergency surgery for appendicitis and has been forced to withdraw from a proposed clash against Yanan Wu at UFC on ABC 1 on Jan. 16. Correia had previously indicated that the matchup with Wu would be her reitrement fight.
“God always knows what is best for us ...I was training so hard for this fight. However, in the middle of the night I started to feel an unbearable pain. I was admitted to the hospital and I was diagnosed with appendicitis,” Correia wrote. “The doctors advised me and my family that it was a severe case and that I would require an emergency surgery.
“I want to thank the UFC and Dana White for all the support over the years. My last dance and my retirement fight will have to be postponed for a little while. I cannot wait to put on amazing performance for you guys.”
Correia last appeared at UFC on ESPN 14 on July 25, when she lost a unanimous decision to Pannie Kianzad. The 37-year-old Brazilian has been victorious in just two of her last eight UFC bouts dating back to August 2015.
UFC on ABC 1 takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is headlined by a featherweight clash between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. It is unclear if Wu will receive a replacement opponent on the card.
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