UFC returns with UFC 289 this weekend and the event will be headlined by the showdown between Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana.
Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana Preview
Amanda Nunes, who reclaimed the bantamweight title last summer, is set to defend her belt once again against the formidable challenger Irene Aldana in the main event of UFC 289.
Nunes' recent two-fight series with Julianna Pena serves as a testament to the unpredictability of MMA and the importance of not judging a fighter solely based on one off night. Following her first loss in over seven years, Nunes bounced back by dominating Pena in their rematch, reaffirming her status as the queen of the division. Remarkably, she has defeated every former bantamweight champion in her path.
Originally slated to face Raquel Pennington in a title eliminator, Aldana seized the opportunity when Pena withdrew due to injury. The Mexican contender, who has secured back-to-back stoppage victories and won four of her last five fights, possesses a style that could pose a challenge for Nunes, particularly in the striking department.
This matchup between Nunes and Aldana is undeniably compelling. It offers freshness, novelty, and heightened intrigue. Moreover, with Mexican fighters like Yair Rodriguez, Alexa Grasso, and Brandon Moreno capturing UFC gold in 2023, Aldana has the chance to become the fourth Mexican champion.
Anticipated to be an explosive showdown, this fight promises to be an entertaining finale at Rogers Arena.
Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush Preview
Vancouver emerges as the beneficiary of Newark's loss, as the highly anticipated lightweight clash between Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush, initially scheduled for UFC 288, now takes its place as the co-main event this weekend.
Oliveira's remarkable streak of triumphs, including capturing the lightweight title, successfully defending it, and achieving 11 consecutive victories, came to a halt last fall in Abu Dhabi at the hands of Islam Makhachev. Now, the Brazilian fighter embarks on his quest to reclaim the division's pinnacle by facing the rapidly rising Dariush.
Dariush has faced setbacks due to injuries and others leapfrogging him for coveted title opportunities. Nevertheless, he persevered, continuously winning and persistently pushing forward. Should he leave Vancouver with a win over Oliveira, it will be difficult to deny the 34-year-old his rightful shot at the lightweight championship.
UFC 289 Fight Card
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UFC 289 main card will be live in India on Sunday, 11 June 2023 from 7:30 AM Indian Standard Time on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3 and Sony LIV. The UFC 289 Preliminary fight card will be Live on UFC Fight Pass from 4:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
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