Irene Aldana


Injury Illness
Est. Return 9/1/2020
Positive COVID-19 test confirmed
July 27, 2020
Aldana's withdrawal from her scheduled Aug. 1 fight against Holly Holm was called off after Aldana tested positive for COVID-19, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Aldana had been in line for what was pegged as a pick'em fight against a top bantamweight contender, and a win would have gotten her in the title conversation. Instead, she'll be sidelined for an uncertain amount of time before this matchup presumably gets rescheduled. This was scheduled to serve as the main event of the Aug. 1 card, but instead, a three-round matchup between Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan will take its place.
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Holm bout rescheduled
July 22, 2020
Aldana's fight against Holly Holm has been rescheduled to a later date in 2020, Damon Martin of reports.
UFC has yet to announce the new date, but Aldana's fight for Aug. 1 will not take place. Derek Brunson versus Edmen Shahbayzan is the new main event for that card. Aldana has won five of her last six matches.
Booked against Holm in August
June 8, 2020
Aldana is scheduled to fight Holly Holm in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on August 1, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Aldana has emerged victorious in five of her past six matches, while her 38-year-old opponent has alternated alternated wins and losses over the same time frame. Both fighters stand within an inch of each other in terms of height and reach. This is a massive opportunity for Aldana, who lands 6.16 significant strikes per minute but is facing by far the best pure striker of her career. While Holm as little to gain here, Aldana could very well be next in line for a title shot at bantamweight should she win in convincing fashion. It will likely take the best performance of her career, though Vegas currently lists her as a (-120) betting favorite. It's also worth noting that this will be a five-round fight as the headliner, and while Holm is well-versed in 25-minute fights, it could potentially be the first time Aldana sees past Round 3 in her eight-fight UFC career.
Scores shocking KO of Ketlen Vieira
December 14, 2019
Aldana defeated Ketlen Vieira via KO (punch) at 4:51 of Round 1 at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That should be more than enough to earn Aldana a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus (which was confirmed by UFC President Dana White after the event). Entering without a knockout win in more than three years and sporting an unremarkable 4-3 record in her first seven UFC bouts, Aldana was able to crack Vieira with a perfectly placed right hand that knocked the Brazilian out cold and ended the fight. This result -- or at least how it happened -- seems a bit fluky, but Aldana has suddenly put herself in position for a pretty big fight at 135 pounds. Aldana has a good frame (5-foot-9) for the division and she's generally durable. The fact she took future flyweight title-challenger Katlyn Chookagian to a split decision back in April 2017 can only serve to help matters.
Booked for UFC 245
October 10, 2019
Aldana will take on Ketlen Vieira in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Aldana defeated Vanessa Melo at UFC Mexico City in late September, and will look to continue her momentum against Vieira, who carries a 10-0 record as a professional, including four wins as a UFC fighter. Vieira last fought in early March before a knee injury forced her to withdraw from her Sept. 22 matchup at UFC Sao Paulo. Aldana carries a slight height advantage, with the two fighters having even reach.
Overwhelms Vanessa Melo
September 21, 2019
Aldana defeated Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
Aldana was determined to fight in her home country despite the fact Melo missed weight by four pounds on Friday and she responded with a brilliant effort. The level of competition Aldana was facing must be considered, but she looks calm, confident and composed in what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match. She landed nearly twice as many total strikes as Melo (81-43) and overwhelmed her overwhelmed opponent with constant volume. Aldana's seven-fight UFC run has been up and down (4-3), but she clearly has enough ability to beat up lesser fighters such as Melo. Aldana will turn 32 years of age in March.