It appears Bethe Correia is not done with the UFC just yet.
The UFC parted ways with the bantamweight veteran following a decision loss to Pannie Kianzad that marked the final bout of her contract. But the former title contender announced on social media that she’s back for one last fight on Dec. 5, taking on Yanan Wu.
Multiple people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed it to MMA Fighting after an initial report from Ag. Fight. The UFC Fight Night show on Dec. 5 is headlined by Darren Till and Jack Hermansson.
Correia, who wrote a long “gratitude” post on social media in August after news broke that she was no longer in the company’s roster, said she inked a new deal to have her farewell bout later this year. Wu’s name can be seen on what appears to be a typical UFC bout agreement.
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.
Correia (11-5-1) has won two of seven bouts since challenging Ronda Rousey for the 135-pound belt in 2015, scoring victories over Jessica Eye and Sijara Eubanks. Wu (11-3) is 1-2 in the octagon with a first-round armbar over Lauren Mueller sandwiched between decision losses to Giza Mazany and Mizuki Inoue.