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It has been six years since former UFC title challenger, Bethe ‘Pitbull’ Correia picked up a victory in her native nation of Brazil. Nonetheless, she appears to be like to alter that come this Saturday evening in Rio de Janeiro.

At UFC 237, Correia will make her return to motion when she takes on Mexico’s Irene Aldana. For the 14-fight veteran in Correia, this shall be her first struggle since she headlined UFC Singapore reverse Holly Holm in June 2017. Sadly for the Brazilian, she suffered defeat that evening by way of third-round knockout.

The 35-year previous has been scheduled to compete on two events following the loss, each instances taking place to be for encounters along with her upcoming opponent in Aldana. The latest time being for UFC 227 in August 2018.

Correia would find yourself being compelled out of the bout by the California State Athletic Fee as they wouldn’t clear her to compete after her emergency eye surgical procedure that befell within the prior October. Though that’s not precisely what the case was in response to to the Campina Grande native.

“The way in which issues occurred, it was actually irritating for me,” Correia informed MMA Combating. “Fights getting canceled is one thing regular on this sport, it occurs, however the medical scenario we obtained into, the misinformation, folks pondering I used to be hiding info from the UFC about my eye scenario, that obtained me very annoyed. I used to be slicing weight, a thousand instances extra emotional… However it’s over now. I obtained extra mature in any case that. Every thing that occurred made me stronger and higher ready.”

Not anticipating to be out for so long as she was, the ‘Pitbull’ is greater than able to get again to work in a UFC bantamweight division that has grow to be wanting contenders.

”The division wants me,” Correia acknowledged. “Coming again to struggle, coming again to the wins. Issues had been means cooler once I was extra energetic. I feel the division wants Bethe Correia coming again and successful this struggle. I’ll at all times be a robust title struggle for the belt. Persons are begging for me to return again.

”I’m actually glad that I’m combating Irene. If they’re reserving this struggle for the third time, that’s as a result of it has to occur. I’ve watched her final couple of fights, that had been imagined to be towards me, and she or he’s a real brawler. She has that typical Mexican spirit. I feel it’s going to be an amazing struggle.”

Correia vs Aldana is about to air because the second struggle of the UFC 237 ESPN prelims proper after BJ Penn takes on Clay Guida.

This text first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/8/2019

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