Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana – Preview & Prediction

UFC 289 will feature a women’s bantamweight championship fight in the main event between Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana.

The matchup may not jump out to fans, but it has the possibility of being a fun matchup as Nunes is the GOAT of women’s MMA and Aldana will look to be the fourth Mexican UFC champion this year.

Now, let’s breakdown the fight and give a prediction. The full preview and prediction can also be seen in the video above.


Nunes is the GOAT. What else is there to say with her?

Her only recent stumble was against Julianna Peña and she came back and won their rematch in her typical dominate fashion.

Meanwhile, Aldana is coming off back-to-back win by way of a finish and her last three wins have all come by way of a knockout.

She hasn’t fared well against popular names as Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington hold wins over her recently and in her early UFC career, Katlyn Chookagian picked up a win over the Mexican.

Aldana is known for her boxing and her best way to pull off the upset will be to box, stick and move. Avoiding the clinch and all grappling aspects is also a must for Aldana.

Tale of the Tape


Both ladies are 35-years-old. Aldana will be an inch or two taller, but Nunes has a half inch reach advantage.

Can’t get much closer than that.


They all love Nunes as a big favorite.

DraftKings (-320), FanDuel (-350), Bet MGM (-350) and Unibet (-315) all have big numbers on the side of “The Lioness.”

If you’re one for always betting an underdog, then you’ll have plenty of options on Aldana the oddsmakers have her as a big dog. DraftKings (+265), FanDuel (+255), Bet MGM (+260) and Unibet (+250) all don’t see Aldana getting the win.


Nunes gets the win, but Aldana shows some fight and last the distance.

Aldana is a great boxer and we saw Peña frustrate Nunes before getting the win in their first matchup. If Aldana can avoid the wrestling, she can give Nunes some fits.
Let’s not forget, Aldana maybe a great boxer, but Nunes is pretty damn good on her feet herself. Not to mention she has a big advantage in the wrestling, grappling and ground game departments.

More ways for Nunes to win here.

Nunes wins by decision.

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John Eric Poli