Amanda Nunes praises UFC 289 opponent Irene Aldana: ‘She’s a better fighter than Julianna Peña, for sure


Amanda Nunes praises UFC 289 opponent Irene Aldana: ‘She’s a better fighter than Julianna Peña, for sure

The highly anticipated return of Amanda Nunes to the octagon is just around the corner, and the two-division UFC women’s champion couldn’t be happier with her new opponent.

Originally slated for a trilogy bout against Julianna Peña, Nunes found herself facing a change in plans after Peña suffered a rib injury. Stepping up as a replacement is Mexico’s Irene Aldana, a formidable opponent in her own right.

Amanda Nunes Julianna Pena
Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena

Nunes, known for her confidence, expressed her belief that she will emerge victorious once again. However, she acknowledges that Aldana presents a tougher challenge compared to Peña.

“Honestly, I will stop her. No doubt in my mind,” Nunes confidently stated during the UFC 289 pre-fight press conference on Thursday. “This belt is Brazilian. This belt is mine. I’m completely ready for this fight.”

The champion didn’t shy away from praising Aldana, highlighting her superior skills compared to Peña. Nunes recognizes that Aldana will bring a significant challenge, but she asserts that she is more prepared than ever to face it head-on.

“She’s a better fighter than Julianna, for sure,” Nunes added. “She’s going to bring the challenge, and I’m ready for this battle. I’m more ready than ever. She’s going to bring the challenge, and I’m going to be ready to answer it. You guys have a great main event.”

With UFC 289 set to take place at Rogers Arena on Saturday, fans can expect an exhilarating matchup. Nunes believes that Aldana is a dangerous adversary, capable of knocking people out, including herself.

“Definitely, this girl can knock people out,” Nunes acknowledged. “You guys saw (and) me too. How exciting that can be? We’re going to punch each other and try to kick each other’s ass. I hope you guys have a good time.”

As fight night approaches, anticipation builds for the clash between Nunes and Aldana. The change in opponents has only added to the excitement, promising an unforgettable main event for UFC 289.

UFC 289 is scheduled to air on pay-per-view, with the main card following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

(Note: This article is a fictional creation and does not reflect real events or statements made by Amanda Nunes or any other individuals mentioned.)

UFC President Dana White Casts Doubt on Amanda Nunes’ Dominance Ahead of UFC 289 Clash with Irene Aldana

The highly anticipated UFC 289 is just around the corner, and fight fans are buzzing with excitement. The main event features the reigning female bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, defending her title against Irene Aldana. Alongside this thrilling matchup, Charles Oliveira and Beneil Dariush are set to deliver a captivating co-main event. With a stacked card, UFC 289 promises to be a night of unforgettable action.

However, doubts have emerged regarding Nunes’ current skill set, and UFC President Dana White is among those questioning her abilities. During the press conference for UFC Vegas 74, White shared his thoughts on the upcoming main event. While expressing his excitement for the bout, he raised concerns about Nunes’ dominance in the division.

White’s enthusiasm for the fight was evident, as he revealed that the UFC team had been discussing it even before the press conference. However, he couldn’t help but wonder if Nunes still possessed the same killer instinct that propelled her to the championship title in July 2022.

“The thing that I love about it is obviously Amanda Nunes and Aldana is such a savage, you know what I mean. I think it’s gonna be one of those fights where how hungry is Amanda still, you know,” White pondered. He pointed out Nunes’ financial success, flourishing personal life, and family, questioning whether she still had the same relentless drive that characterized her earlier career.”

White acknowledged the formidable challenge Aldana poses and emphasized that her hunger and determination are well-known. The UFC president highlighted the contrast between the two fighters and the intrigue it brings to the matchup.

Adding to the intrigue, Nunes recently made headlines by parting ways with the American Top Team, the gym where she had trained extensively leading up to UFC 289. In an interview, she expressed her desire to embark on a new chapter in her life, signaling a significant change in her training camp.

As fight night approaches, all eyes will be on Nunes and Aldana as they step into the Octagon. The question of Nunes’ current form and her ability to maintain her dominance will add an extra layer of anticipation to the already electrifying main event. UFC 289 is shaping up to be a must-watch event that will undoubtedly leave fans on the edge of their seats.

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