Irene Aldana
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.
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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.
Picks up first UFC win over Talita Bernardo
BantamweightUFC
January 14, 2018
Aldana defeated Talita Bernardo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in St. Louis.
ANALYSIS
In the first round, it looked like it would be a quick night for Aldana. She landed some power strikes, and it appeared as if Bernardo would not make the end of the round. However, Bernardo survived and went to her wrestling. This allowed her to stay in the fight. Aldana stayed active and landed strikes in all positions, but she never came close to finishing the fight again. After a pair of disappointing performances, Aldana finally got the opportunity to shine in the UFC. Her professional record improves to 8-4.
To meet Bernardo in St. Louis
BantamweightUFC
November 17, 2017
Aldana will take on Talita Bernardo in St. Louis on January 14, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldana and Bernardo will compete to see which fighter will win her first UFC bout by the time they face off in January. After dropping her debut to Leslie Smith last December, Aldana was bested by Katlyn Chookagian via split decision in April. On the other side, Bernardo was defeated by Marion Reneau via TKO (punches) in Rotterdam in early September.