Irene Aldana



Taking on Ladd in next fight
December 30, 2021
Aldana will take on Aspen Ladd in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event April 9, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
Aldana was supposed to fight at UFC 268, but her opponent withdrew. It will be Aldana's first time in the Octagon since July when she defeated Yana Kunitskaya after missing weight. That pushed her record with the UFC to 6-4.
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Needs new opponent
September 8, 2021
Aldana needs a new opponent after Germaine de Randamie withdrew from their UFC 268 fight with an undisclosed injury, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
While nothing is certain, UFC has over two months to find a new opponent for Aldana to keep her on the UFC 268 card.
Making UFC 268 appearance
August 28, 2021
Aldana is set to fight Germaine de Randamie in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 268 in November.
Aldana won her last fight over Yana Kunitskaya, although the former missed weight by 3.5 pounds prior to the fight. She is 6-4 under the UFC banner, but Aldana has a three-inch disadvantage in reach versus de Randamie.
Wins after missing weight
July 10, 2021
Aldana defeated Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (punches) at 4:35 of Round 1 at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Aldana seemed quite pleased with her effort in her post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. As she should have been, except for the fact she missed weight by 3.5 pounds on Friday morning and had to forfeit 30 percent of her purse to Kunitskaya in order for the fight to proceed. Aldana blamed coming in heavy on getting her menstrual cycle during fight week, which may very well be the truth given the fact she had never missed weight in her career prior to Saturday. Regardless, it was a nice performance on the heels of a lousy effort in a main event spot against Holly Holm last October. One counter left hand from Aldana was all it took to essentially end Kunitskaya's evening. There's nothing in Aldana's resume to suggest she can hang with the best the division has to offer despite this effort. Her 6-4 career record with the UFC is more indicative of her overall talent level.
Fight still on
July 9, 2021
Aldana will take on Yana Kunitskaya as originally planned at UFC 264 but will have to forfeit 30 percent of her purse for being overweight, Jose Youngs of MMA Fighting reports.
Aldana cited that the reason she's overweight is that she got her menstrual cycle during fight week and her body stopped sweating because of it. This is the first time she's ever been overweight for a bout and will look to avenge herself after losing to Holly Holmes back in October.
Misses weight badly
July 9, 2021
Aldana weighed in at 139.5 pounds at Friday's weigh-ins, missing weight by 3.5 pounds, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Aldana was well overweight ahead of her fight against Yana Kunitskaya. She undoubtedly will have to forfeit some percentage of her purse if the bout proceeds as planned. The UFC has yet to release an official announcement on the plans for the fight.