Irene Aldana


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.
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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.
Will now fight Melo on Sept. 21
September 11, 2019
Aldana will now meet Vanessa Melo at UFC Mexico City on Sept. 21, MMA Fighting reports.
With previously scheduled opponent Marion Renee forced to withdraw from the event, Aldana will now battle newcomer Melo at the Fight Night show in Mexico City.
Gets fight in home country
July 28, 2019
Aldana will take on Marion Reneau in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Mexico City on Sept. 21, reports.
Aldana recently dropped a narrow decision to Raquel Pennington to snap a three-fight losing streak, but a win over a fellow top-10 bantamweight would put the 31-year-old back on the right track. She'll get to do so on home turf against an opponent over a decade older, plus she'll own slight height and reach advantages on fight night. Furthermore, Aldana sports far superior striking volume and defensive grappling numbers, albeit over a smaller sample size.
Drops decision to UFC vet
July 20, 2019
Aldana lost to Raquel Pennington via split decision (28-29, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Looking to bounce back from a win over Bethe Correia that left much to be desired, Aldana came out with a lot of volume but had a very difficult time connecting against the UFC veteran. She simply didn't have the range calculated and ended up hitting air more often than not, landing just one of her first 40 strike attempts. Aldana started connecting more effectively in the second with both low kicks and big right hand early, but it was Pennington that did more consistent damage. Aldana did manage to stuff multiple takedown attempts and may have even won the second round, but still emerged from the period wearing more damage. With it possibly tied heading into the third, Pennington secured a takedown early but Aldana threatened with a leg lock that eventually turned into a calf slicer. Pennington played intelligent defense in order to avoid any serious trouble and made Aldana carry most of her weight along the way. It was a bad look for Aldana in the eyes of the judges, as Pennington ended up in top position for most of the round. The loss snaps a three-fight winning streak for Aldana.
Quick turnaround in San Antonio
May 17, 2019
Aldana will take on Raquel Pennington in a bantamweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
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.