Assuming that current UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is in discussions to defend her 135-pound belt versus No. 5 ranked division rival Irene Aldana, it appears that UFC 285 will involve three title fights. The main event is expected to take place in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, March 4, 2023.
After being upset by Julianna Pena in the co-main event of UFC 269 in late 2021, Nunes stormed back to defeat the "Venezuelan Vixen" in their sequel at UFC 277 the following summer July 2022. The victory was notable since it marked the second time in her history that she won titles in two divisions concurrently.
After deciding to go back home and enjoy time with her family, Amanda Nunes has been on a protracted break. The Covid-19 outbreak and its restrictions were the primary factors that made it difficult for her to travel for an extended period of time.
In her first attempt at a UFC championship, Aldana will try to shock the business. After losing by decision to former champion Holly Holm, Aldana bounced back, and she is presently on a two-fight winning streak with two KO finishes. It's important to remember that both of her contests were catchweight matches because she missed the scale when she faced Yana Kunitskaya and was overweight when she faced Macy Chiasson.
The match has not yet been declared official by UFC. The main event of UFC 285 will be the heavyweight title bout featuring former 205-pound champion Jon Jones versus former interim champion Ciryl Gane. Bo Nickal and Jamie Pickett square off at middleweight in the event, while Derek Brunson and Dricus Du Plessis engage in a 185-pound duel.
There is talking ongoing about Valentina Shevchenko defending her women's flyweight championship against Alexa Grasso but the announcement regarding the potential fights is yet to be made in the coming weeks.