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Amanda Nunes is excited to defend her title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289

The world of mixed martial arts is abuzz with excitement as Amanda Nunes gears up to defend her bantamweight title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289. Fans and pundits alike are eagerly anticipating the matchup, as it promises to be a thrilling display of skill and determination.

Nunes, widely considered one of the greatest female fighters of all time, was originally slated to take on Julianna Pena in a highly anticipated trilogy bout. However, fate intervened when Pena was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury, leaving Nunes without an opponent.

Enter Irene Aldana. The Mexican fighter has been making waves in the UFC with her impressive record of 14 wins and 6 losses, including a recent victory over Macy Chiasson via KO in an impressive up-kick to the body. While some may have been surprised by the choice of Aldana as Nunes' new opponent, the Brazilian champion has made it clear that she is thrilled to face a "real opponent."

Of course, Nunes continues to be regarded by many as the GOAT, making her the overwhelming favorite going into this showdown. During the recent pre-fight press conference for the event, Nunes stated:

“Honestly, this is the original opponent right there,” Nunes said. “… Now we are here with the real opponent. I’m very happy about it. Less heavy, as well, and I’m excited.”

As the date of the fight draws closer, the anticipation continues to build. Both Nunes and Aldana are renowned for their striking prowess, with the Brazilian champion holding a slight edge in knockout power. However, Aldana is known for her technical skill and precise striking, making her a formidable opponent for Nunes.

“Definitely,” Nunes said. “After what I did with Julianna in our last fight, there’s no question. So now (Aldana is) here, I’m very happy for her, and now we’re going to see each other soon.”
“Aldana is very, very tough,” Nunes said. “She has heavy hands. So, she’s technical, and this is going to be so fun. I have heavy hands, as well. I’m well rounded, so you guys have to be excited for this.”

Undoubtedly, Julianna Pena shocked everyone by submitting Amanda Nunes in their first fight. But given how lopsided the rematch was, it seems the understandable reason the Brazilian was looking for some fresh meat.

Only time will tell who will emerge victorious in this highly anticipated matchup. Will Nunes continue her dominance of the bantamweight division, or will Aldana pull off an upset and claim the title for herself? One thing is for sure – fans of MMA are in for a treat when these two talented fighters step into the octagon at UFC 289.


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