Bethe Correia is exiting the UFC — and her fight career as a whole — on her own terms.
Correia has announced that her next UFC fight, scheduled to take place on December 5 against Yanan Wu, will be her last. The announcement comes amidst rumors that she’d been cut by the promotion, and she’ll sign off on her competitive MMA career with one more fight.
The athlete shared a photo on social media along with her retirement announcement:
“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.“
Though Correia is coming off a loss, she’s fought against multiple MMA legends, including Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. She’s secured notable wins against fighters like Jessica Eye and Sijara Eubanks during her time with the UFC, and her retirement will be a rest well earned.