Ahead of the event, Correia had already announced her intention to retire and she made her final walk to the octagon with tears in her eyes as she prepared to compete for the last time. Unfortunately, Correia ran into stiff competition with Rosa dominating the fight from start to finish with a dynamic striking attack over all three rounds.
The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 with Rosa getting the win.
Afterwards, Correia removed her gloves to signify her retirement as she competes in the UFC and in mixed martial arts for the final time.
“A very emotional moment for me,” Correia said following the fight. “I’ve been here all week, a lot of déjà vu moments. I can only thank the UFC for everything they’ve done for me.”
Correia was dealing with a lot of emotions all week long leading up to the even and sadly she failed to make weight for her last fight while coming into the contest two and a half pounds over the bantamweight limit.
In the fight itself, Correia struggled to deal with Rosa’s speed and accuracy as the Brazilians engaged in a striking contest for all three rounds. Rosa was dynamic with her offense as she attacked with a barrage of knees from the clinch and then battered Correia from the outside with jabs and well-timed straight punches.
Despite the lopsided nature of the fight, Correia refused to go away and she managed to stick around to the final bell even after absorbing quite a bit of damage.
With the win, Rosa is now 4-0 in the UFC as she looks towards higher ranked competition while Correia will leave the octagon with an 11-6-1 record in her career.