Bethe Correia

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Bethe Correia
Born (1983-06-22) June 22, 1983 (age 36)
Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil
ResidenceNatal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach64[2] in (163 cm)[3]
StyleSanda, Kung Fu, Boxing, BJJ, Wrestling
Fighting out ofNatal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
TeamPitbull Brothers MMA
American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)
RankPurple sash in Kung Fu[1]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By decision8
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Bethe "Pitbull" Correia (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbɛtʃi koˈʁejɐ]; born June 22, 1983) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. She currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's women's bantamweight division. As of June 3, 2019, she is #15 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.[4]

Early life[edit]

Bethe Correia was born in Campina Grande, Paraiba. She graduated from college with a degree in accounting, but gradually found that she was "too hyperactive for office work".[5] While practicing Sanda, Correia concluded that fighting provided what had been "missing" in her life, and sought to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA).[1][5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Correia studied a number of techniques at the onset of her MMA career, including jiu-jitsu, Sanda, and amateur wrestling.[1] She would eventually develop a preference for striking, particularly boxing.[1][6]

She made her professional MMA debut in her native Brazil in May 2012, defeating Daniela Maria da Silva by unanimous decision at the First Fight: Revelations show. Training with the "Pitbull" brothers, Patrício and Patricky Freire, she won her first six fights within 13 months.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2013, Correia signed a multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[7] Correia noted, "Being in the UFC is having the chance to fight with the best in the world and accept big challenges. It's the dream of any fighter."[1]

Correia made her promotional debut the following December as she faced MMA veteran Julie Kedzie at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot.[8] At the time, Correia had fought in six professional bouts, while Kedzie had competed in 28.[5] Correia won the fight via split decision.[9]

She then faced Jessamyn Duke on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172. Despite her reach disadvantage, Correia used quick striking to out-point Duke, and closed the gap by backing Duke toward the cage.[6] She won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 30–27).[9]

Correia faced Shayna Baszler on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[10] After escaping a submission attempt in the first round, Correia became more aggressive with her striking and won by TKO at 1:56 of round 2.[11]

Bantamweight title shot[edit]

Following her third consecutive win in the UFC, Correia was challenged by former Strikeforce bantamweight champions Sarah Kaufman and Miesha Tate.[12][13] "A lot of girls from the UFC roster want a bout with me," Correia noted.[13] She initially expressed interest in fighting Kaufman, but later stated that she was focused on getting a title shot against then-UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. "I want to face the champion," she said.[13]

After her earlier victory over Duke, a member of Rousey's informal "Four Horsewomen" stable, Correia began campaigning for a title shot against Rousey, holding four fingers to the camera and symbolically putting one down. She did likewise after beating Horsewoman Baszler.[14] In March 2015, UFC officials confirmed that Correia would fight Rousey for the title on August 1, 2015, at UFC 190.[15]

Despite the fact that Rousey had finished all but one of her previous fights within a round, Correia displayed much confidence heading into the bout, stating that she planned to give Rousey the worst beating of her career.[16] Subsequently, Correia lost the fight by knockout in only 34 seconds of the first round.[17]

Post title shot[edit]

Following UFC 190, Correia expressed interest in bouts with Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye, but claimed that both women had declined.[18][19] Eye denied the claim and offered to fight Correia in Spring 2016.[20] In April 2016, Correia fought Raquel Pennington at UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans, losing via split decision.

Correia next faced Jessica Eye at UFC 203 on September 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.[21] She won the fight via split decision.

Correia then faced Marion Reneau on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum.[22] The back-and-forth fight saw strong moments from both women, ultimately ending in a majority draw (29–27 Reneau, 28–28, and 28–28).[23] After the fight, Reneau disagreed with the result and said “I believe she won the first round; maybe she might’ve edged me out a little bit. I think I definitely won the second – and for sure I won the third round."[24]

Correia faced Holly Holm at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia on June 17, 2017 in Singapore.[25] She lost the fight via a head kick knockout in the third round.[26]

Correia was scheduled to face Irene Aldana on August 4, 2018 at UFC 227.[27] The bout was pulled from this event as Correia was forced to withdraw due to injury. The fight was not replaced.[28]

The bout with Aldana was rescheduled and is expected to take place on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237.[29] At the weigh-ins, Correia weighed in at 141 lbs, 5 pounds over the bantamweight limit of 136 lbs. She was fined 30% of her fight purse and the bout proceeded at catchweight.[30] She lost the fight via submission in round three.[31]

Fighting style[edit]

Correia is a striker who largely uses boxing and grappling techniques. She is recognized for her punching combinations, counter strikes, spinning back fists, and aggressive right hands.[6][32] During her fight against Jessamyn Duke, she led by 100 strikes to Duke's 55.[6]

Correia is known for her use of dirty boxing and cutting off the cage. While clinching, she will usually move the fight toward the fence and attack with flurries.[33][34] At UFC 172, she used this technique to negate Jessamyn Duke's reach; she later used it to earn her stoppage against Shayna Baszler.[11]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–4–1 Irene Aldana Submission (armbar) UFC 237 May 11, 2019 3 3:24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Catchweight (141 lbs) bout; Correia missed weight.
Loss 10–3–1 Holly Holm KO (head kick and punch) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia June 17, 2017 3 1:09 Kallang, Singapore
Draw 10–2–1 Marion Reneau Draw (majority) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 3 5:00 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 10–2 Jessica Eye Decision (split) UFC 203 September 10, 2016 3 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 9–2 Raquel Pennington Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 9–1 Ronda Rousey KO (punch) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 1 0:34 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Shayna Baszler TKO (punches) UFC 177 August 30, 2014 2 1:56 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 8–0 Jessamyn Duke Decision (unanimous) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 3 5:00 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 7–0 Julie Kedzie Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 6–0 Erica Paes Decision (unanimous) Jungle Fight 54 June 29, 2013 3 5:00 Barra do Piraí, Brazil
Win 5–0 Juliete de Souza TKO (punches) WCC – W-Combat 17 June 1, 2013 2 N/A Macapá, Brazil
Win 4–0 Anne Karoline Decision (unanimous) Bokum Fight Championship April 12, 2013 3 5:00 Aracaju, Brazil
Win 3–0 Elaine Albuquerque Decision (unanimous) Heat FC 4 – The Return October 18, 2012 3 5:00 Natal, Brazil
Win 2–0 Daniely dos Santos Decision (unanimous) Fort MMA 2 – Higo vs. Kevin July 27, 2012 3 5:00 Mossoró, Brazil
Win 1–0 Daniela da Silva Decision (unanimous) First Fight: Revelations May 31, 2012 3 5:00 Parnamirim, Brazil


See also[edit]


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