Irene Aldana believes she’s nearer than ever to UFC gold.
The UFC girls’s bantamweight contender believes a superb efficiency in her return to the cage at Saturday’s UFC 279 in Las Vegas may land her a title shot towards champion Amanda Nunes. Aldana (13-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) returns from a 14-month layoff to face Macy Chiasson (8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a catchweight bout on the primary card of the pay-per-view occasion.
Aldana hopes to make a robust displaying and show she’s subsequent up in line for a title shot.
“I feel that with a convincing and dominant win, I feel I’m ready to boost my hand and ask for the title struggle if the UFC thinks I deserve it,” Aldana told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “I really feel prepared for the chance, and we’ll see what occurs.
“Macy Chiasson is a troublesome fighter. She’s down within the rankings and plenty of have requested why I’m combating No. 11 and that I ought to be combating a prime 5, however the UFC did the perfect they may to get me a prime 5, and so they weren’t in a position to. Macy Chiasson was the one which took the struggle. She’s a troublesome fighter and has been on many’s sight as a contender at 135 and 145.”
Nunes, who holds titles within the girls’s featherweight and bantamweight divisions, has been dominant for a few years now. She’s solely misplaced as soon as prior to now seven years, which was towards Julianna Peña final December at UFC 269. It was a large upset, however she was in a position to settle the rating this summer season by dominating Peña in a unanimous choice at UFC 277.
Given the character of the rematch, Aldana doesn’t anticipate a right away trilogy bout, opening her alternatives to be the following challenger for Nunes.
“I believed that if Amanda Nunes received then it could go to a trilogy, however from the feedback from Dana White and different’s that I’ve seen from the promotion and outdoors the promotion, I feel the truth that Amanda appeared so dominant, I don’t suppose that UFC is fascinated about a right away trilogy, which is sweet for me,” Aldana mentioned. “That opens the doorways for me to be the following title challenger, with out belittling Julianna’s work. If the trilogy doesn’t occur, I’d love to boost my hand and say, ‘I’m subsequent.’”
So far as Nunes’ return to the cage, some questioned if father time had caught as much as her, coming into the rematch with Peña. Aldana is glad that Nunes appeared dominant in her comeback, as she needs to check herself towards the best of all time.
“The Amanda that I anticipated returned,” Aldana mentioned. “I knew that Amanda would return very robust, and the identical, if not higher, model of Amanda. And properly, she didn’t fall quick, and it was precisely what we noticed.
“Julianna Peña gave an excellent struggle, however as you mentioned, Amanda Nunes dominated on this event. And I prefer it. I like that she returned and appeared the way in which she did, as a result of if I get the prospect to struggle her, I’m going to catch Amanda in her greatest model and that’s what I would like. I would like these sorts of challenges.”
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