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Bethe Correia closes the door on returning to MMA: “It’s psychological torture”

Bethe Correia stepped away from MMA in 2021 and is happy with her decision. However, she is still open to competing in other combat sports. Once


Bethe Correia stepped away from MMA in 2021 and is happy with her decision. However, she is still open to competing in other combat sports.

Once a challenger to Ronda Rousey for UFC gold in Brazil, Correia has beaten Jessica Eye, Julie Kedzie, Sijara Eubanks and Shayna Baszler over the course of her nine years in MMA. She admits it’s hard to fully accept that part of her life is now over when she’s still surrounded by athletes as a gym owner in Brazil.

“I don’t think the penny is down yet. It’s still crazy. I keep thinking that at some point I will get a call to book a fight.”

Bethe Correia will look to face Ronda Rousey in 2016

Correia said there is no way he will return to MMA because he “couldn’t take any more” of the pressure and misery of being in a training camp.

“I felt good physically, but I think it was more [aspecto] mental. There comes a time when you can’t take it anymore. I think 90 percent of athletes who quit fighting in MMA do so because of psychological pressure. We always think we can do it, that our bodies are conditioned to fight, but it’s psychological torture, it’s not fun anymore. When it gets to that point, MMA gets a little dangerous. You can have an irreversible injury.”

Correia said training for UFC fights became “torture” after a main event loss to former champion Holly Holm in Singapore. Since then, she has suffered various eye problems and underwent surgery twice. One of her UFC fights was canceled due to eye problems.

“Training was no longer pleasant. I couldn’t stand people demanding high performance from me and doing everything perfectly. I was more sad than happy [después del entrenamiento]. In the past, I saw it as a challenge. ‘I will be better tomorrow, I will train better tomorrow’. So I started going home sad, not wanting to train, and that’s bad. When you get to that point, it’s no longer pleasurable for you.”