Which Former Title Contender Was Released By The UFC?
Someone who was signed when the UFC launched its women’s division will no longer be fighting for the promotion.
It was revealed that Bethe Correia has been released by the UFC following her most recent fight. Additionally, Evan Dunham has also been let go. MMA Fighting was one of the first entities to break the news.
Correia (11-5-1) mad her MMA debut in 2012. She debuted for the UFC in 2013 and quickly won three in a row. After beating Jessamyn Duke and current WWE star Shayna Baszler, Correia was next in line to face UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. In Rousey’s sixth defense of the UFC Bantamweight Title at UFC 190 in 2015, Correia would end up losing via knockout in the first round. The pre-fight buildup involved plenty of confidence by Correia, who was fighting in her home country of Brazil.
Following that loss, Correia has gone 2-4-1 with the promotion. Her last fight was a unanimous decision loss against Pannie Kianzad this past July.
Making his MMA debut in 2007, Dunham first fought for the UFC in 2009. He ended up 11-9-1 with the promotion, with wins over notable names like Nik Lenz and Joe Lauzon. The 38-year-old is 1-3-1 in his last five fights and is currently on a three-fight losing streak.
Dunham’s last bout was a submission-loss against Herbert Burns at UFC 250 this last June. It was his first fight since an initial retirement in 2018.