It was announced recently that a women’s bantamweight division bout between Bethe Correia and Irene Aldana had been pulled from the UFC 227 card.
Correia, who was the fighter pulled from the card due to the after effects of eye surgery, says that three doctors had cleared her to fight again after surgery. Correia posted the following on Instagram:
This isn't the post I'd love to be posting, instead I'd like to be posting that I'll be fighting on Saturday, with the thrill and adrenaline of the fight, feeling my arms getting up. This is a picture I took last night in my last training, with only 4 kg left to lose until Friday. I traveled to Los Angeles for the UFC with great excitement and as I hadn't been fighting for more than a year, I did everything in the highest discipline so that nothing could go wrong, I was feeling more prepared than ever with new fighting repertoires and physically stronger. However, I was surprised by the California Athletic Commission, stating that I couldn't fight on Saturday because of vision problems. I came aware of my eyes issues. I went through several ophthalmologists part of the Brazilian Society of Ophthalmology. I took care of my health and my eye integrity, even being released by the doctors before the trip. I have current reports from 3 doctors who have been following me since the beginning, reporting that I am released to fight. I acted with dignity! I've been, and I'm loyal! I'm fully aware that I can train and compete! Retinal displacement is a common problem in a contact sport, and many fighters have had it, that is so true that in my last 5 MMA fights, I had already undergone retinal detachment surgery, including the one against Ronda competing for the world title in 2015. I've never been rejected by any commission, and I've fought in several different countries with the same problem, only here in California" the land of the dreams" they destroyed mine to make my triumphant comeback this Saturday --. I thank the UFC for giving me always challenges and better fights, I just want to say that I'm ready! Trained, focused, strong, in the right weight to any fight and to any event they choose. It was 4 months of camp, preparing myself, training, sweating, bearing high expenses and it hurts too much, with only 4 left for the big day, receiving this news, preventing me from fighting, even though I feel so well, so prepared. I apologize to everyone for the words, but this situation, in my whole career, is being the most difficult one. @ufc #ufc227
California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) Director Andy Foster says that it was the UFC, not the CSAC, who made the call to cancel the bout.
”The UFC has pulled her off the card, which they’re entitled to do as a promoter,” Foster said to MMA Fighting. “The promoter made the decision. The UFC made the decision.”
MMA Fighting is also reporting that a UFC official informed them that it was their call to cancel the women’s bout.
Aldana, who was scheduled to fight Correia at the event, posted the following on Instagram:
Muy triste por la cancelación de mi pelea, le deseo pronta recuperación a @bethecorreia y le agradezco mucho a UFC por realmente intentar conseguirme un reemplazo y por su buena atención,desafortunadamente no se logró pero espero poder competir en alguna otra cartelera lo más pronto posible. Gracias a mis maestros, compañeros, familia y seguidores por su apoyo y comprensión... estaba realmente preparada y con muchas ganas de esta pelea, pero seguiré con mi entrenamiento para estar lista. ————————————————— Very sad for the cancellation of my fight, I wish a quick recovery to @bethecorreia and I thank to the UFC for really trying to get me a replacement and for their good attention, unfortunately it was not achieved but I hope to compete in some other card as soon as possible . Thanks to my coaches , teammates , family and followers for their support and understanding ... I was really prepared and was looking forward for this fight, but I will continue with my training to be ready for what’s next . . . #ufc #ufc227 #mma #irenealdana #teamaldana #bethecorreia #wmma #bantamweight #fight #fighter #athlete #mixedmartialarts #competition #cancelled #mexico #brasil
Quiero agradecer a @lockloadedmma y a su equipo por ayudarme a llegar a esta pelea en el mejor peso que he estado antes de competir, inclusive antes de empezar el corte... no pudimos concluir con la meta por la cancelación se la pelea, pero estoy segura que llegaré aún más preparada ...le daré seguimiento a la dieta que me tienen programada para estar lista para lo que siga. ———— I want to thank @lockloadedmma and his team for helping me get to this fight at the best weight I've been before competing, even before starting the weight cut ... we could not finish the goal because of the fight cancellation , but I'm I am sure that I will be even more prepared ... I will follow up on the diet that I am scheduled to be ready for what comes next . . . . #diet #weightcut #mma #ufc #ufc227 #ready #bantamweight #mmalife #reallife #eatlikeafighter #leanandmean #irenealdana #teamaldana #lobo #lobomma #mexico #sinaloense #pink #vsport
A men’s bantamweight division bout between Ricardo Ramos and Kyung Ho Kang will take the place of Correia vs. Aldana on the FX portion of the preliminary card.
UFC 227 takes place on Saturday, August 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.