UFC Fight Night 193 was expected to be Bethe Correia’s farewell in the Octagon, and the Brazilian bantamweight didn’t alter course following the conclusion of her bout against Karol Rosa.
Correia confirmed her decision following a clear-cut decision loss to Rosa in a preliminary 135-pound contest at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“Very emotional moment for me,” Correia said in a post-fight interview in the cage. “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, 38, ends her MMA career with an 11-6-1 mark. She began her professional tenure with nine consecutive wins, including triumphs over Julie Kedzie, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler in UFC competition. The wins over Duke and Baszler — both part of the short-lived “Four Horsewoman” stable led by Ronda Rousey — propelled Correia into a title shot in her fourth Octagon appearance. Rousey made short work of Correia, winning via knockout 34 seconds into the opening round of their UFC 190 showdown.
Including that bout, Correia ended her UFC tenure with just two wins in her last nine outings, besting Jessica Eye and Sijara Eubanks while falling to the likes of Holly Holm, Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana.
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