UFC Women’s Bantamweight Will Retire After Her Next Fight

A UFC women’s bantamweight fighter will be stepping inside the Octagon one last time.

Former title challenger Bethe Correia has taken to her Instagram account to reveal that she will be hanging up her gloves after her next outing. She will meet Wu Yanan on the UFC on ESPN+ 43 card on December 5.

Here is the reveal from Correia.

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Only a fighter knows the time to stop and follow other paths… Only a fighter and their allies know to tell apart the lies from the truth from what the media puts out. Yes! This will be my last fight and it could not be at any event other than the one and only @UFC Countless lies have been told out there, but I remained centered! I know who I am and I know my story. I have a strong and daring personality that has been the essence of my career and has added many rilvaries that strengthened Women's MMA. What I leave behind me is my legacy of a fighter who has a bold posture, presentation and unique celebration style in the fighting world. A personality that makes many curious to know more about me. It's not by chance that #betheeffect is out there. Love me or hate me, in the end everybody wanted to stop to watch me fight. I reached Pay Per View record numbers that back then had not been reached for many years. I have fought the very best and I always made the news. I am certain that I have left my mark and now it's time to let a new generation arise. And I know that I have taught both good and bad lessons. My very last fight will be at the best in the whole world… Where I dreamed and seeked to fight. This December I will be in the UFC octagon. I will cherish every moment of it and I know I'll miss it! I'm incredibly thankful to the UFC for the recognition of my career and history, they have never denied me a request. #ForeverUFC #ForeverWomensMMA #teamcorreia #ufc 😍 Gratidão @wallidjfc @suzanacorreianeves @edelsonboxe por sempre lutar por mim.

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“Only a fighter knows the time to stop and follow other paths… Only a fighter and their allies know to tell apart the lies from the truth from what the media puts out. Yes! This will be my last fight and it could not be at any event other than the one and only UFC. Countless lies have been told out there, but I remained centered! I know who I am and I know my story. I have a strong and daring personality that has been the essence of my career and has added many rivalries that strengthened Women’s MMA. What I leave behind me is my legacy of a fighter who has a bold posture, presentation, and unique celebration style in the fighting world.”

Correia is perhaps best known for her feud with Ronda Rousey. Correia made things personal with “Rowdy” and it made for an intriguing buildup. At the time, Correia was undefeated so it added even more buzz to the fight. The perfect records of Rousey and Correia were on the line. Ultimately, Rousey knocked Correia out in 34 seconds.

Up to this point, Correia has amassed a pro MMA record of 11-5-1. While she may not walk away from the sport with a major title around her waist, she can still retire on a high note. Correia was reportedly released from the UFC in August but it’s clear the promotion is allowing her one last go before calling it a career.

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