Irene Aldana

Mexico

Quick turnaround in San Antonio
BantamweightUFC
May 17, 2019
Aldana will take on Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldana is fresh off a come-from-behind win against Bethe Correia at UFC 237, resulting in her third consecutive victory. She'll take on a much more experienced opponent in Pennington, who has been fighting elite bantamweights her entire career but suffered back-to-back losses to finish 2018. Aldana has thrown a much higher striking volume over a shorter sample size, but Pennington sports far superior striking defense numbers. Aldana will enter with slight edges in both height and reach.
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Fortunate to win at UFC 237
BantamweightUFC
May 11, 2019
Aldana defeated Bethe Correia via submission (arm bar) at 3:24 of Round 3 at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Aldana should be plenty upset with her performance despite the victory. Facing legitimately one of the least talented fighters on the UFC roster and entering as a massive (-400) favorite, it took a dreadful error from Correia in order for Aldana to emerge victorious. She struggled to find her range on the feet for the vast majority of the bout, and only a horrifically-timed takedown attempt from Correia allowed Aldana to clamp on the arm bar that ended the fight. The 31-year-old is now on a three-fight win streak, but there doesn't seem to be much upside here.
Booked for UFC 237
BantamweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Aldana will take on Bethe Correia at UFC 237 in Brazil on May 11, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldana was booked to fight Correia last August at UFC 227 before Correia was forced to withdraw from the fight after being deemed unfit. Aldana was then booked to take on Lucia Pudilova at UFC 228, which ended in a victory via split decision. Now, with Correia expected to be fully recovered from her third eye surgery in the last two years, Aldana will look to boost her UFC record to 3-2.
Pulls out a split decision in 'Fight of the Year' candidate at UFC 228
BantamweightUFC
September 8, 2018
Aldana defeated Lucie Pudilova via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
ANALYSIS
It is hard to pick a winner and loser in a fight like this. This was clearly one of the best women's fights in recent memory. Pudilova was very aggressive and came forward with a ton of volume. However, Aldana did a solid job defensively with her movement. She avoided a lot of strikes and landed counters. With that being said, she still ate a ton a shots, and had to show a lot of heart to pull out the split decision.
Fight vs. Bethe Correia scratched
BantamweightUFC
July 31, 2018
Aldana will no longer fight Bethe Correia at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Correia is reportedly still dealing with the eye injury that's kept her out of the Octagon since June of 2017 and was deemed unfit to return to action this upcoming weekend. As a result, Aldana loses her opposing matchup and the UFC already announced that a replacement fighter wouldn't be brought in. It's a tough blow for Aldana, who's looking to rebound from a 1-2 start to her UFC career.
Gets her shot at Bethe Correia
BantamweightUFC
July 1, 2018
Aldana will take on Bethe Correia in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldana had previously requested to fight Correia, and although the proposed January matchup fell through, she picked up a win over Talita Bernardo and will now get her wish. Aldana sits one spot behind Correia in the UFC.com rankings at No. 11, but the division has gotten a lot shallower following the recent creation of the women's flyweight division. Aldana is just 1-2 in the UFC, but draws an opponent in Correia that has spent over a year on the shelf while recovering from an eye procedure.