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A potential UFC women’s bantamweight bout has been scrapped due to an injury.

Former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) today announced a planned – but not formally announced – bout with Irene Aldana (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) targeted for January has been canceled after she suffered an injury.

Correia posted a picture in a hospital gown and a taped-up left eye (via Twitter and Instagram):

In the first place I want to thank @irene.aldana for agreeing to fight with me in January. She was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous octagon in the world will take few more months. I was so excited to show to the world my evolution and what I learned with my experiences in Thailand and in Texas, anyway … I'll meet you in the first semester of 2018. Injuries are a part of a fighter’s life and it prepares us for tough battles and for the overcoming of adversity, making us psychologically stronger. I want to thank Dr. Remo Turchetti for the success of the treatment, making me fit and prepared for the next @ufc battles. . Primeiramente queria agradecer a Irene Aldana, por aceitar lutar comigo em janeiro, estava super animada em ir pra guerra com uma mexicana. Infelizmente tive um acidente, tendo que passar por uma cirugia de urgência e minha volta ao octógono mais famoso do mundo será adiado por uns meses a mais. Estava extremamente empolgada em mostrar ao mundo minha evolução e o que aprendi nos meus intercâmbios na Tailandia e no Texas, enfim… encontro vocês no primeiro semestre de 2018. Lesões faz parte da vida de lutador e serve para nos preparar para batalhas duras e com a superação nos deixa psicologicamente mais forte. Quero agradecer ao Dr. Remo Turchetti pelo sucesso no tratamento, me deixando apta para as próximas batalhas no UFC.

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According to Correia, who’s an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, unranked Aldana had agreed to the fight before the injury. Details of the injury, which required surgery, weren’t disclosed:

“In the first place I want to thank you @irene.aldanafor agreeing to fight with me in January. She was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, I had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous octagon in the world will take a few more months. I was so excited to show the world my evolution and what I learned with my experiences in Thailand and in Texas, anyway … I’ll meet you in the first semester of 2018. Injuries are a part of a fighter’s life and it you prepare us for tough battles and for the overcoming of adversity, making us psychologically stronger.
I want to thank Dr. Remo Turchetti for the success of the treatment, making me fit and prepared for the [email protected]

Correia, who now hopes to return in the first quarter of 2018, is likely in a must-win situation. After winning her first three UFC fights, the 34-year-old Brazilian earned a title shot but then suffered a knockout loss to then-champ Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in 2015. It commenced her current 1-3-1 skid, which included a knockout loss to ex-titleholder Holly Holm in June’s UFC Fight Night 111 headliner.

Aldana, a 29-year-old Mexican fighter, made her UFC debut in December 2016 after a solid run with Invicta FC. However, she’s since suffered decision losses to Leslie Smith (in a “Fight of the Night” performance) and Katlyn Chookagian.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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