Rather a lot has occurred within the UFC ladies’s bantamweight division since Irene Aldana’s final journey to the Octagon.
Whereas it was arduous to be on the sidelines whereas Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña break up the outcomes of two unbelievable fights, Aldana’s 14-month break from competitors was a necessity.
Aldana was coping with some accidents and felt that if she was going to make a real run on the bantamweight title, she would must be one hundred pc to beat the division’s elite. She discovered that lesson when she traveled to Abu Dhabi in 2020 to combat Holly Holm with a severe foot damage. Aldana misplaced that bout and took time to heal earlier than accepting her subsequent problem.
It paid off in an enormous manner, as Aldana knocked out Yana Kunitskaya within the first spherical of their UFC 264 bout.
“I used to be getting back from a foul loss towards Holly Holm and coming again and profitable that manner was nice for me. I felt superb, I felt prepared, I felt at house,” Aldana advised UFC.com. “I used to be actually having fun with each second. With each combat I really feel extra snug and happier. I felt the enjoyment of the general public of the folks. It fulfills me.”