Correia Out Following Eye Surgery

After being slated to meet Irene Aldana at UFC’s St. Louis Fight Night in January, Bethe Correia underwent emergency eye surgery that will keep her sidelined for the rest of the year.

Correia sustained a left eye injury, which forced the Brazilian to go under the knife, and cancel her January 14th fight against Aldana. Correia spoke with MMA Fighting about the injury and her recovery.

“I can work out a bit, but the doctor said I can’t have any contact for two months… You can’t train MMA with no contact, so I will only be able to return to training in January.”

Correia has dealt with eye issues before, starting in 2014 when following a UFC 177 victory over now WWE wrestler, Shanya Bazler, she needed surgery on her eye. That injury would lead Correia having to turn down a title shot at then UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 182/

“The doctor told me I have to visit the ophthalmologist from time to time to check my eyes. If I had gone after my fight with Holly (Holm), he would have probably fixed it right away with no need of surgery, but fighters are so focused in training that they don’t pay attention to their health.”

Correia lost to Holm by third-round knockout in Singapore in June 2017. The loss to Holm continued a downward trend for the Brazilian, who dropped to 1-3-1 in her last five UFC appearances.  Correia hoped that the St. Louis fight would put her on the right track.

“I didn’t want people to see the same old Bethe, with the same attacks, fighting the same way, so I went to Thailand to train… I was involved in important fights and everyone wanted to fight me, so people will be impressed next time I fight. I will use everything I’m going through as a motivation in my next fight.”

Correia is still interested in a fight with Aldana, who lost back-to-back decisions to Leslie Smith and Katlyn Chookagian in the UFC after racking up a 4-1 record under the Invicta FC banner.

“It would be cool to fight Irene because Mexicans love me, and they will love me even more after this fight… Mexicans are warriors, so this fight would be a war, but I’m open to fighting anyone in the UFC. They know how to promote fights and put on the best match-ups.”

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