The UFC will be painted green, white and red again this weekend after the Sinaloan Irene Aldana faces the most difficult challenge of her career, when she clashes with the historic Amanda Nunes for the company’s women’s world bantamweight championship. most important of mixed martial arts at the main event of UFC 289, in Vancouver, Canada.
Aldana comes to this fight as a substitute for the American Julianna Peña, who suffered an injury before signing the trilogy with Nunes, but that is only more motivating for the Mexican, who wants to break the forecasts and join the list of Mexicans who have gold plated in the octagon.
The Sinaloan, located fifth in the ranking of the division, will be inspired by Alexa Grasso from Guadalajara, who broke pools and defeated Valentina Shevchenko last March, Mexico’s last starting victory in the UFC.
The background of Brandon Moreno and Yair Pantera Rodríguez, who were crowned this year, also counts in their favor. Moreno outpointed Deivenson Figueiredo in Brazil in a fourth fight, while Rodriguez defeated Josh Emmet for his first belt.
Despite not having much experience in championship fights, Irene is not an impromptu in the Octagon, having won four of her last five bouts -three of them by knockout- and is one of the bantamweight fighters with More finishing power.
In his professional record he has a 14-6 mark, with eight wins by knockouts. This opportunity was obtained after knocking out contenders such as Ketlen Vieira, Yana Santos and Macy Chiasson.
With a Mexican wave supporting the 35-year-old fighter, since the previous conference she has shown confidence that she can have a historic night and that with one fist she can change history in her favor. “Definitely, my forte is striking, especially boxing, and I think it will be the difference,” she declared.
The Lioness Nunes, considered one of the best fighters in history, went on a 12-fight winning streak, defeating rivals such as Cris Cyborg Venancio, Valentina Shevchenko and Holly Holm, and has a 22-5 record.
Ranked number one, pound for pound in the world, and bantamweight and featherweight champion, she wants to show that the loss to Julianna Peña, in 2021, was only a setback and not the beginning of her decline at the top, so he wants to stay on the UFC throne.
His experience as an absolute monarch plays in his favor, in addition to his power in his fists and his takedowns, although in his last fights he has had rivals who had a smaller poster than Aldana.
Although the balance seems to be tipped for Nunes, Irene Aldana wants to add the fourth title for Mexico in the UFC.
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Date: Saturday June 10, 2023
Hours: 10:00 p.m. (approximately)
Broadcast channels: Fox Sports Premium (APP)