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Bethe Correia injured, forced to decline Miesha Tate fight

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The UFC announced on Wednesday that Miesha Tate will return to the Octagon at UFC 183 against Sara McMann, but that wasn’t the first option for "Cupcake."

Bethe Correia, who engaged on a verbal war with Tate for almost a month, was the original opponent for the former Strikeforce champion, but was unable to accept the bout.

"They offered me to fight Miesha three times," Correia told MMAFighting.com. "The first date was in December, then January and February, but I couldn’t take it because I’m injured.

"I tried to convince my doctor to let me fight, but he said I can’t come back before March. I can fight King Kong in March, but I can’t fight before."

Correia said "it’s nothing serious," but prefers not to disclose the injury.

Undefeated in MMA and 3-0 under the UFC banner, Correia vows to finish any top 5 they give her.

"I promised my fans that I would bring the title to Brazil," she said. "I will knock out any top 5 in the first round. That’s a promise."