The women’s Bantamweight contest of UFC 264’s main card features the fight between the number 4th ranked UFC women’s Bantamweight fighter, Irene Aldana entering the Octagon to face the former women’s Featherweight title contender and number 5th ranked Bantamweight fighter, Yana Kunitskaya. Here is the Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya Prediction and Fight Preview.
UFC 264: Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya Preview
Irene Aldana is one of the most rapidly rising contenders in the UFC women’s Bantamweight division and she holds the record for second-highest takedown defense in UFC history. She made her UFC debut in December 2016 against Leslie Smith but she lost that fight.
After that, she scored wins against some of the big names in the promotion such as Bethe Correia, Vanessa Melo, and Ketlen Vieira. Following this win, she faced the former champion, Holly Holm in her last fight on UFC on ESPN: Holm vs Aldana.
Holm defeated her via the unanimous decision of judges and halted her rise in the division. Now, with a win in this fight, she’ll look forward to starting her run towards the top once again.
Yana Kunitskaya is a former Invicta women’s Bantamweight champion and she made her promotional debut against Cris Cyborg at UFC 222 in the fight at which she fought for the UFC women’s featherweight championship.
Although, she lost this fight but after that she secured some big victories against Marion Reneau, Julija Stoliarenko and Ketlen Vieira. Kunitskaya is on a two-fight winning streak coming into this fight with her latest win coming against Vieira on UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Lewis and with a win in this fight she’ll look forward to cement her position as the number one contender.
UFC 264: Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya Prediction
Irene Aldana is the betting favorite entering into this fight with odds of -125 in her favor against Yana Kunitskaya who’ll be entering this fight as an underdog with betting odds of +105 in her favor.
This women’s bantamweight fight will serve as a perfect warm-up for the highly anticipated trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Predicted Result: Yana Kunitskaya def Irene Aldana