Bethe Correia talks eye injury, promises impressive performance in UFC return

Five days after teasing a return to the Octagon on Jan. 14, Bethe Correia underwent an emergency eye surgery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that will keep her sidelined for the rest of the year.

Correia was booked to meet Irene Aldana at a UFC Fight Night card in St. Louis, Mo., but sustained a left eye injury and had to go under the knife. A couple of weeks after leaving the hospital, Correia spoke with MMA Fighting about the injury and her recovery.

“I can work out a bit, but the doctor said I can’t have any contact for two months,” Correia said. “You can’t train MMA with no contact, so I will only be able to return to training in January.”

This is not the first time Correia has had eye surgery.

In Oct. 2014, two months after finishing Shayna Baszler at UFC 177, “Pitbull” had to take care of an injury to her right eye and was forced to turn down an early 2015 bout with then-UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, when offered to replace Cat Zingano at UFC 182.

The first eye surgery kept Correia away from training for six months, but this time it’s a simpler issue.

“It might be related to training,” said the Brazilian, admitting that she dropped the ball on the situation. “The doctor told me I have to visit the ophthalmologist from time to time to check my eyes. If I had gone after my fight with Holly (Holm), he would have probably fixed it right away with no need of surgery, but fighters are so focused in training that they don’t pay attention to their health.”

Correia lost to Holm by third-round knockout in Singapore back in June, dropping to 1-3-1 in her last five UFC appearances. Pitbull had just returned to Brazil, back from a few weeks of training in Texas and Thailand, when she had to undergo surgery.

“I had a fight booked with Irene and was super excited because I have a lot of fans in Mexico,” Correia said. “I spent some time training in Texas, and there was a lot of Mexicans there so I think it was going to be nice, but we’ll see what happens next. I’ll come back to training in January and hopefully fight in March.”

“I didn’t want people to see the same old Bethe, with the same attacks, fighting the same way, so I went to Thailand to train,” she continued. “I was involved in important fights and everyone wanted to fight me, so people will be impressed next time I fight. I will use everything I’m going through as a motivation in my next fight.”

Correia is still interested in a fight with Aldana, who lost back-to-back decisions to Leslie Smith and Katlyn Chookagian in the UFC after racking up a 4-1 record under the Invicta FC banner.

“It would be cool to fight Irene because Mexicans love me, and they will love me even more after this fight,” Correia said. “Mexicans are warriors, so this fight would be a war, but I’m open to fighting anyone in the UFC. They know how to promote fights and put on the best match-ups.”

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Paulo Henrique Costa calls Derek Brunson ‘a wuss’ for declining to fight him after UFC 217

Paulo Henrique Costa called out Derek Brunson after his win at UFC 217, but to no avail. After his demolition of Johny Hendricks at UFC 217, Paulo Henrique Costa made sure to call out Derek Brunson while still inside the cage in New York City. Brunson, however, took to Twitter to express his lack of interest in fighting the up-and-coming Brazilian.
According to what Brunson said on Twitter, he believes Costa is on steroids and poses no threat whatsoever. And he’s more interested in taking on more notable names, such as Luke Rockhold.

100% on the juice. Not impressed at all. Slow and gassy. Get some more fights first . Not interested https://t.co/0FaZTaEYyj— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 5, 2017

Now it’s starting to make sense.Paulo Costa will either shrink or pop in a few months.See you mid next year if not suspended. @usantidoping pic.twitter.com/XqTgPWpCGB— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 5, 2017

Once Costa heard the news, he told AG Fight how he started seeing Brunson as a coward now.
“He said on Twitter he had info on me, saying USADA only tested me once, but if I was tested more times, then he could fight me in the middle of next year. I’d like to tell him he’s a coward and a wuss. I don’t know where he got that lying data. I’ve been tested four times just this month. Five, total. Ever since I’ve been in the UFC, I’ve been tested 10 times. Both USADA and UFC have that information. His fake point makes no sense. I’ll post my tests on social media and we’ll see what excuse to run away from me he’ll come up with next.”
“You either take the fight or you don’t. If you’re afraid, you better say you’re afraid and admit you won’t fight me. He doesn’t deserve to be in the UFC. Johny Hendricks is a real man, because he took the fight and made no excuses. He’s making excuses because he’s a wuss and he’s afraid. If the UFC gives him a different fighter, they’ll just be reinforcing his attitude.”
Paulo Henrique Costa is undefeated with a 11-0 record. Before defeating Hendricks, he knocked out both Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan in his UFC run.
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Derek Anderson vs. Adam Piccolotti announced for Bellator 189

“The Barbaric” is looking to close out 2017 with a bang.

Having missed out on an opportunity to fight Michael Page this past May after Page suffered a knee injury, Derek Anderson will get back in the cage when he fights Adam Piccolotti in a catchweight bout (160 pounds) at Bellator 189 on Dec. 1 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.

Officials announced the matchup Thursday.

Anderson (14-3-1) saw a two-fight win streak snapped this past January when he dropped a unanimous decision to Derek Campos at Bellator 170. The 27-year-old has a 5-3 record in the Bellator cage which includes a pair of decision wins over Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.

Standing in his way will be Piccolotti (9-1), who suffered his first defeat in 10 professional bouts when he was submitted by Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 183 in May. Piccolotti rattled off five straight wins after joining the promotion in February 2015 before being stopped by Yamauchi.

Bellator 189 will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title bout between champion Julia Budd and challenger Arlene Blencowe.

See the updated card below:

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Dana White on Covington: ‘This is the fight business and people say a lot of mean things’

The UFC president sounds like he’s ready to close the book on Colby Covington’s post-fight comments at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo on October 28th. It looks like the UFC is going to Give Colby Covington a pass for his Chael Sonnen impression at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida back on October 28th. After defeating Demian Maia in front of a highly partisan crowd, Covington got on the mic with a message for the fans, as boos rained down around him.
“I should have knocked him out,” Covington said of his win over Maia. “Brazil, you’re a dump. All you filthy animals suck.”
The crowd responded by showering the ATT fighter with trash as he left the Octagon, and UFC officials promised that they would take the situation, “very seriously.” But if that was the sentiment at the time, it doesn’t appear to have been Dana White’s plan.
“I didn’t even know we came out with that,” White told Combate, in response to questions about Vice President David Shaw’s previous statement on Covington’s antics. Beyond that, White seemed more or less ready to let the whole matter drop.
“I mean, listen, at the end of the day, this is the fight business, and people say a lot of mean things,” White said. “I think the Brazilian people are tough enough to handle a guy saying some stuff to them at the end of the day.
“You know, this has happened before. I don’t remember where we were, but Al Iaquinta told all the fans to go f-ck themselves and a lot of other things that weren’t very nice. Obviously we don’t like it, and we frown upon it, and I talk to these guys about stuff like that. But fighters get very emotional. It happens. I don’t think that the Brazilian people should take it personal.”
Now the question remaining is, who does Colby Covington fight next? He’s been calling out Tyron Woodley since his win over Maia, but the top of the welterweight division is quickly restocking itself with fresh contenders looking for a shot at the belt. Darren Till is coming off a big win over Donald Cerrone, and the winner of Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio will have some serious momentum, not to mention Kamaru Usman (if he can get by Emil Weber Meek).
Throw in the notable names like Stephen Thompson, and the upcoming Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos bout, and Covington may be facing at least one more serious test before he gets the title fight he’s been demanding.
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Georges St-Pierre opens as betting favorite over Robert Whittaker, Conor McGregor

Regardless of which big name Georges St-Pierre fights next, it appears oddsmakers like his chances.

St-Pierre opened as the betting favorite in two potential bouts against UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, according to lines posted Tuesday by Bovada.

St-Pierre, 36, captured the UFC middleweight title on Saturday at UFC 217 with a third-round submission over Michael Bisping. The stunning performance ended a four-year period of inactivity for St-Pierre, who became only the fourth fighter in history to win UFC titles in multiple divisions. St-Pierre is already widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete, having captured the 170-pound belt twice during his eight-year reign atop the division.

Notably, St-Pierre opened as a bigger betting favorite over Whittaker (-160) than he did against the much lighter McGregor (-150).

Also released on Tuesday were the opening odds for a potential champion vs. champion superfight between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and UFC flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson.

On the heels of breaking Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive title defenses, “Mighty Mouse” (-200) opened as a slight favorite over Dillashaw (+160), who reclaimed his bantamweight belt with a second-round knockout over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217.

Updated betting lines for all three potential bouts can be seen below.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Conor McGregor

Georges St-Pierre -150 (2/3)
Conor McGregor +120 (6/5)

*Both must fight for action. Must fight in 2018 for action.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Robert Whittaker

Georges St-Pierre -160 (5/8)
Robert Whittaker +130 (13/10)

*Both must fight for action. Must fight in 2018 for action.

Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Demetrious Johnson -200 (1/2)
T.J. Dillashaw +160 (8/5)

*Both must fight for action. Must fight in 2018 for action.

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Whittaker praises GSP’s win over Bisping, but says he looks ‘slower than he’s ever been’

UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker weighs in on Georges St-Pierre’s title-winning performance against Michael Bisping. The UFC 217 main event between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre was of particular interest to interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who’s supposed to fight the winner of Bisping-GSP to determine the undisputed champion. In a back-and-forth thriller, St-Pierre picked up his first stoppage win in eight years, choking Bisping unconscious on round three to become the new 185-pound king.
UFC president Dana White said that Whittaker is next for GSP, although fans should know by now that not everything ends up going according to plan. Whittaker spoke to news.com.au about how he viewed St-Pierre’s performance.
“To be honest, he looked slower than he’s ever been,” Whittaker said. “He’s just as crafty. You can see the intelligence is still there. His fight IQ is still there. He obviously hits harder at middleweight. But I hit hard and I hit fast — and much harder and faster than Bisping. And I have much better defence than Bisping. So it looks good.”
Whittaker also said that it would be a “dream come true” if he lands that St-Pierre fight next. With the UFC heading to Perth, Australia in February for UFC 221, Whittaker would love to compete in front of his home fans, but he’s also willing to wait for St-Pierre if it comes down to that.
“I’m happy to wait,” he said. “Fighting a legend like that is worth the time. My wants have to go on the back seat a bit for him. He’s a living legend and in respect I’ll do that. But if he’s going to hang around at middleweight we’ll touch gloves eventually. I’m confident.”
As for Bisping, whom Whittaker was actually supposed to fight at UFC 193 in November 2015, the 26-year-old suggested that “The Count” should hang up the gloves are losing his title.
“He could (keep fighting). But for him and his family’s sake, I hope he doesn’t,” Whittaker said. “Man, you’ve done enough. You know what I mean? You’ve gone to the highest level of the sport and back. And you’ve fought more than everyone. Dude, just enjoy it. But he’s a good fighter, he can do what he wants.”
Whittaker has not fought since winning the interim belt with a thrilling, come-from-behind unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213, and injury will otherwise keep him out for the rest of 2017.
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Paul Redmond is open to a permanent move to Bellator

The Paul Redmond addition to Friday night’s Bellator 187 card in Dublin was greeted warmly by the Irish MMA masses after the UFC veteran scored a decision win over Lukasz Chlewicki at KSW 40 three weeks ago.

Although Redmond is best known for competing in the featherweight and lightweight categories, with the call from Bellator coming so late and so close to his last outing, he felt it was better to organize a catchweight for his meeting with Sergio de Jesus Santos.

“I didn’t have hair out of place from the KSW fight,” Redmond told MMAFighting.com.

“I was in great condition, I didn’t go out and have the usual blow out that other fighters have after a camp. I had a little bit of birthday cake and that was pretty much it.

“It wasn’t that making 155 was too taxing on my body, you just don’t want to put two cuts so close together like that. The call came on short notice, so in the end I said I’d be happy to do it at 73 kilos (161 pounds) and that suited everyone.”

Redmond had previously been slated for a Bellator debut against featherweight contender Daniel Weichel when the promotion made its first trip to Dublin last December. The Irishman was forced out of proceedings with a broken elbow, but he never dwelled on missing out on making his bow with the promotion.

“I broke my arm, there was nothing I could do about it. I’ve put together a nice string of fights since then and now we’re back here again, so things worked out in the end,” he said. “I focused on myself, I didn’t dwell on the missed opportunity. That’s all you can do at the end of the day.”

“Redser” has been one of the go-to names for promotions venturing into Ireland and is currently under contract with both KSW and BAMMA.

Some feel as though a big performance from the Dubliner could warrant a permanent move to Bellator, but Redmond sees pros and cons when considering signing an exclusive deal with any promotion.

“It would be nice to get a permanent home in some ways, but then again sometimes a permanent home doesn’t suit the fighter. After fighting on BAMMA, then I fought on KSW and now I’m about to fight for Bellator and if someone else comes along I can fight there too,” he explained.

“I’ve done the whole contract thing before. At the moment I’m in a contract with KSW, but because it’s kind of open between them and BAMMA, we were able to get this done because BAMMA are working with Bellator. Everything is suiting me at the moment, we can see what happens from here.”

All things considered, Redmond would be interested in speaking to Bellator if his performance sparks interest this weekend.

“It would be nice to be with one of the big promotions. We’ll see what happens after Friday night, but if Bellator want to talk I’d definitely hear them out.”

Although he may be in the prime of his career at 31 years old, Redmond can see the end in sight. For that reason, he wants to make sure he is paid his full value every time he competes.

“I’ve probably only got a couple of years left at this. I don’t want to sound like a mercenary when I say it like this, but I’ve got to fight for who is paying the best money,” said Redmond.

“I don’t think you can fault anyone for thinking like that when you’re at this stage of your career. Different promoters talk about only being able to afford so much money and that the exposure they can give you will lead to bigger things down the line. I’ve done all those shows already.

“I was 31 last Friday, so I think I only have two or three years left doing this. It’s not that I don’t like doing it, but I want to be paid my worth. There is absolutely no point in fighting for buttons at this stage of the game.

“Bellator is a big show, KSW is a big show. They’ve got another big show in Ireland next year that is going to be massive. Fighting on these kinds of cards is always going to appeal to me, so we’ll see how it plays out after Friday night.”

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Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier set for UFC on FOX 26

With Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out due to a failed USADA drug test, Jan Blachowicz will step in and face Jared Cannonier at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Light heavyweight Jared Cannonier has a new opponent to fight at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg. UFC officials confirmed that Jan Blachowicz has agreed to fill in for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was removed from the card after testing positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.
Blachowicz (20-7) snapped a two-fight losing skid with an impressive bulldog choke finish of Devin Clark at UFC Gdansk in Poland. The 34-year-old is just 2-4 in his last six, but is still #14 in the official LHW rankings.
Cannonier (10-2) beat up and stopped Nick Roehrick back in July, but he was originally slated to face Steve Bosse, who pulled out with an injury. This will be Cannonier’s fourth fight at 205 pounds, having defeated ion Cutelaba last year before losing to Glover Teixeira at UFC 208.
The UFC also announced a welterweight matchup between Sheldon Westcott and Danny Roberts, which will take place on the preliminary card.
UFC on FOX 26 takes place on Saturday, December 16th at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main event is a #1 contender matchup between welterweights Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos.
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T.J. Dillashaw credits Garbrandt’s corner ‘being jerks’ for his own recovery at UFC 217

After reclaiming his belt at UFC 217, Dillashaw revealed that hearing Cody Garbrandt’s corner trash him from the sidelines helped clear his head after getting knocked down in round 1. Sometimes it’s best to know when not to say anything. Advice Cody Garbrandt’s corner might have needed to hear ahead of UFC 217, with their champion getting set to face bitter rival T.J. Dillashaw. The feud between Team Alpha Male and Dillashaw runs a mile deep at this point, stemming back to Dillashaw’s first title reign and his decision to part ways with the camp. And since that point, few kind words have been traded between them.
But it was the latest series of trash talk from the Alpha Male camp that seems to have really cost them. Dillashaw, fresh off his win over Garbrandt on November 4th called in to the MMA Hour recently to talk about his big win. And while on the air, he noted that one of the principal motivators for him, heading into round 2 (where he picked up the KO), was the constant stream of trash talk coming from Garbrandt’s corner (transcript via MMA Fighting).

“I walked back to the corner and I heard their cornermen being jerks, just like they’ve been the whole camp, saying they’ve got my number,” Dillasaw explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “‘We’ve got your f’ing number, Dillashaw! We’ve got your f’ing number!’ I heard that. As soon as I heard that, I turned back to my corner and was like, ‘Alright, let’s get our sh*t together.’
“I kinda hit my hands together and I was like, ‘Alright, I’ve gotta change it up.’ So I sat down in the corner and just listened to (coach) Duane (Ludwig). He’s the one looking from the outside in. That’s why he’s in my corner, he’s got great eyes and we changed up the tempo. We decided to come out for the second round a different fighter.”…“I could hear them talking sh*t the whole time, actually,” Dillashaw said. “Stuff like when I’d a leg kick or something, like, ‘You’re too slow! T.J., you’re too slow! All you’ve got is a right hook!’ All of this stuff, just trying to just continue, just continue to break me, you know?”

If breaking Dillashaw was the plan, then it seems to have been something of a disaster. Dillashaw entered the second frame with a kick-heavy gameplan at range, dropping Garbrandt early in the round. A followup exchange in the pocket ended the fight.
In the aftermath of the bout, Dillashaw once again called out Demetrious Johnson for a superfight between the bantamweight and flyweight title holders. With Johnson’s desire for a bigger purse standing as a road block, that fight may be difficult to get done. Even so, it doesn’t sound like Dillashaw is interested in giving Garbrandt a rematch too soon.
“[Garbrandt]’s very new to this sport, he needs to work his way back up,” Dillashaw told the assembled media during the post-fight press conference. That may leave the winner of Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera in prime position for the next chance at the belt, if the UFC can’t get Johnson to sign on the dotted line.
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Freddie Roach would prefer Georges St-Pierre move back to welterweight after beating Michael Bisping

Georges St-Pierre did the improbable Saturday night. He came back from four years away, moved up 15 pounds in weight and defeated Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight title. At UFC 217 in New York,

GSP, a longtime former welterweight champion, became just the fourth UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes. It cemented him on the short list of best fighters of all time, if not made him the consensus greatest ever.

His future, though, remains uncertain. The UFC wants him to unify the middleweight title with interim champion Robert Whittaker next. And St-Pierre has said that is written into his contract. But many, including his boxing coach Freddie Roach, still think he’d be better off back to welterweight.

“I think I would like to go to the lower weight division, back to the weight that he’s more comfortable with and more used to,” Roach told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But the thing is, that might not be available at this point. We do need to work that out with the promoter. One thing about UFC, usually what they say goes. Conor McGregor wants to be the boss now, wants to be the promoter or co-promoter, from what I’ve read about him and so forth. But he does have the contract and I’m sure he has to follow it like everyone else.”

GSP himself did not commit to any future weight class after the fight Saturday. He said middleweight was not his weight and he fought Bisping for “the challenge.” UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is already clamoring for that fight. Then there’s always the dream matchup between GSP and McGregor, which could happen at 170.

Roach’s feeling stems in part from St-Pierre’s performance Saturday. While it was excellent and he finished Bisping by third-round submission, GSP did tire in the second round. And at welterweight, his cardio was always impeccable.

“I think it was the weight that got to him a little bit,” Roach said. “He’s not used to carrying that much weight. I think it did kick in a little bit quicker than usual. Again, we’ll work everything out and all get together and discuss what’s the best move next for Georges.”

That conversation will include the entire team, Roach said, and GSP himself, of course. The legendary boxing coach said he is now in this with St-Pierre for the long haul and he expects to be in the Canadian star’s corner from here on out. And the weight class choice will be a joint effort, he said.

“I want to just map out everything,” he said. “I think we all need to get together as a team and make that decision as a team decision. I’m not the only one there and I want to see what everyone else thinks and so forth, what their thought patterns are on it. There’s always plusses and minuses, negotiation. We have to work this out with Dana, of course. The promoters themselves. I won’t make that decision myself. I need a little help with the other guys, I need to get their input also. Georges’ input is the most important to me, though.”

Overall, Roach was very pleased with GSP’s performance on the feet. In the second round, Roach said he noticed that Bisping was countering St-Pierre’s excellent overhand right with a right hand of his own. Roach said he told GSP to go with the left hook to counter that — and it worked marvelously. The left hook is what dropped Bisping, leading to the rear-naked choke finish.

“We weren’t supposed to be the better boxer than Bisping,” Roach said. “He was supposed to be a better boxer than we are, but Georges proved that to be wrong in the first round. He outboxed him really, really well and the overhand right was working really, really well.”

The only thing that made Roach a bit concerned was St-Pierre getting tired in the second round. That’s something that needs to be talked about, he said.

“He was maybe getting a little bit tired,” Roach said. “I think just going into the fight, moving up in the weight division, not sure that’s his best weight division or if he’ll fight there again, but we’ll see how it goes.”

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