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All You Need to Know About UFC 289: Nunes vs Aldana Headlines Main Card
- Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289
- Charles Oliveira will face Beneil Dariush in a battle of top lightweight contenders
- Mike Malott will lock horns with Adam Fugitt in a welterweight showdown
Only a few days remain until UFC 289, and excitement is building for one of the year's biggest fights.
Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana will square off this Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
Here’s all you need to know about Nunes vs. Aldana and the other fights on the main card for UFC 289.
Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana
Nunes looks to build on her second reign as the queen of the bantamweight division as the Brazilian champ travels north of the border for UFC 289.
Her fight against the Mexican will be her first in 11 months after recapturing the women’s bantamweight title from rival, Julianna Pena, per CBS Sports.
They were supposed to meet again for their trilogy fight in Vancouver, but Pena suffered an injury.
The American's loss is Aldana’s gain. She looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow Mexican fighters Alexa Grasso, Brandon Moreno, and Yair Rodriguez, all of whom won UFC title fights this year.
Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush
The fight between Oliveira and Dariush was supposed to take place at UFC 288, but the lightweight showdown was scrapped after the former suffered an undisclosed injury during wrestling practice.
Fortunately for UFC fans, they only had to wait one more month to witness the blockbuster clash as the Brazilian and the American will lock horns in the co-main event of UFC 289.
Dariush enters the clash on an eight-fight winning streak. Extending that unbeaten run to nine matches this weekend will give him the title shot he yearns for.
However, he will have his work cut out for him against Oliveira, who is six months removed from his loss to Islam Makhachev in their title showdown at UFC 280.
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He is one of the most feared submission artists in MMA, with a total of 21 submission victories in his illustrious career, per UFC.com.
Mike Malott vs. Adam Fugitt
Malott is off to a great start with his UFC career, winning his first two fights in the Octagon.
He scored a first-round knockout against Mickey Gall in his UFC debut before recording a submission win against Yohan Lainesse in the first round last February.
Malott will look to extend his unbeaten run against Fugitt, who carries a 9-3-0 record in his MMA career.
The American has a history of playing spoiler, knocking out Solomon Renfro in what was essentially his hometown. He will look to do the same against Malott and hand him his first UFC loss in front of his home crowd.
Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr
Ige heads to his fight against Landwehr with a spring in his step. He is coming off a huge knockout victory over Damon Jackson last January, which snapped his 22-month winless streak.
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That win helped the American land a fight against his compatriot, who is a rising star in the featherweight division.
Landwehr issued a warning to his opponent ahead of their fight, saying Ige goes to sleep every day knowing he is fighting a monster at UFC 289.
'The Train' is coming off a second-round submission win over Austin Lingo last March.
Marc-André Barriault vs. Eryk Anders
Anders revealed plans that he will retire from active competition after five more fights. The first of those remaining fights will come against Barriault this coming Saturday.
'Ya Boi' is coming off a second-round knockout win over Kyle Daukaus last December.
He will look to make it two wins in a row against Barriault, who defeated Julian Marquez via knockout at UFC 285.
White wants Fury vs. Jones
Sports Brief also reported on Dana White issuing Tyson Fury an invitation to fight Jon Jones inside the Octagon.
UFC commentator, Joe Rogan believes the Gypsy King will have a difficult time if they square off in an MMA bout.
Fury blasted Rogan after hearing his comments on the possible clash, claiming no man could beat him in a fight.