Irene Aldana says she's fighting Talita Oliveira at UFC-St. Louis in January

Irene Aldana says she’s fighting Talita Bernardo at UFC-St. Louis in January

It appears as if a women’s bantamweight bout is ticketed for the UFC’s January debut in St. Louis.

Irene Aldana (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) posted on her Instagram account that she’ll be fighting Talita Oliveira (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 124. Promotion officials have yet to make a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Aldana needs to get back on track after back-to-back losses to open up her UFC career. The Mexican fighter came to the UFC on the strength of a 4-1 run in Invicta FC, where she fought Tonya Evinger for the bantamweight title. She won three fight-night bonuses for the all-female promotion.

But in the UFC, it’s been tougher sledding. At UFC on FOX 22 in December 2016, her promotional debut, she dropped a decision to Leslie Smith. At UFC 210 in April, she followed it up with a split-decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian, giving her the first skid of her 11-fight pro career.

Talita Oliveira

Oliveira, from Brazil, came to the UFC earlier this year after a four-fight winning streak made her 5-1 as a pro after a little more than two years. Her promotional debut was not under ideal circumstances.

After former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie pulled out of a fight with Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115 in the Netherlands, Oliveira stepped in on a little more than a week’s notice. She made it to the third round with Reneau, but ultimately was finished with a TKO.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 124 card includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White
  • Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Irene Aldana vs. Talita Oliveira

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Injury scraps planned UFC bout between Bethe Correia and Irene Aldana

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A potential UFC women’s bantamweight bout has been scrapped due to an injury.

Former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) today announced a planned – but not formally announced – bout with Irene Aldana (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) targeted for January has been canceled after she suffered an injury.

Correia posted a picture in a hospital gown and a taped-up left eye (via Twitter and Instagram):

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According to Correia, who’s an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, unranked Aldana had agreed to the fight before the injury. Details of the injury, which required surgery, weren’t disclosed:

“In the first place I want to thank you @irene.aldanafor agreeing to fight with me in January. She was very excited to go to war with a Mexican woman. Unfortunately, I had an accident, I had to go through an emergency surgery and my return to the most famous octagon in the world will take a few more months. I was so excited to show the world my evolution and what I learned with my experiences in Thailand and in Texas, anyway … I’ll meet you in the first semester of 2018. Injuries are a part of a fighter’s life and it you prepare us for tough battles and for the overcoming of adversity, making us psychologically stronger.
I want to thank Dr. Remo Turchetti for the success of the treatment, making me fit and prepared for the next@ufcbattles

Correia, who now hopes to return in the first quarter of 2018, is likely in a must-win situation. After winning her first three UFC fights, the 34-year-old Brazilian earned a title shot but then suffered a knockout loss to then-champ Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in 2015. It commenced her current 1-3-1 skid, which included a knockout loss to ex-titleholder Holly Holm in June’s UFC Fight Night 111 headliner.

Aldana, a 29-year-old Mexican fighter, made her UFC debut in December 2016 after a solid run with Invicta FC. However, she’s since suffered decision losses to Leslie Smith (in a “Fight of the Night” performance) and Katlyn Chookagian.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Top 25 finishes in Invicta FC history (Nos. 20-16): A Cris Cyborg destruction

More than five years have passed since Invicta FC hosted its first event. During that time, the all-female organization has gone through a number of different incarnations.

Despite having roster members consistently plucked up by the UFC, Invicta FC frequently hosts solid fight cards to help further the growth of women’s MMA. The fighters do their part by delivering inside the cage, and with the 25th event in company history set to go down later this month, Invicta FC has decided to highlight its young history.

Invicta FC 25 takes place Aug. 31 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Ahead of the event, Invicta FC’s social media team is rolling out a countdown of the 25 best finishes in its history.

Check out the first portion of the list here, and the second installment below counting down No. 20 to No. 16.

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20. Roxanne Modafferi def. Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta FC 23 (May 20, 2017)

Women’s MMA pioneer Roxanna Modafferi punched her ticket to Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and a chance at the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title when she put away Sarah D’Alelio with a third-round TKO at Invicta FC 23.

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19. Katja Kankaanpaa def. Stephanie Eggink at Invicta FC 8 (Sept. 6, 2014)

Katja Kankaanpaa won the vacant Invicta FC strawweight title when she rallied from a huge deficit on the scorecards to submit Stephanie Eggink with a fifth-round rear-naked choke for a stunning come-from-behind win at Invicta FC 8.

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18. Alexis Davis def. Shayna Baszler at Invicta FC 4 (Jan. 5, 2013)

After losing a unanimous decision to Shayna Baszler at a regional event in 2010, former UFC title challenger Alexis Davis got revenge in the rematch when she choked Baszler out cold with a rear-naked choke at Invicta FC 4.

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17. Irene Aldana def. Peggy Morgan at Invicta FC 8 (Sept. 6, 2014)

Mexican standout Irene Aldana began her run toward a bantamweight title shot when she made quick work of “The Ultimate Fighter 18” cast member Peggy Morgan courtesy of a first-round rear-naked choke.

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16. Cris Cyborg def. Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 13 (July 9, 2015)

Cris Cyborg’s dominant 5-0 run through the Invicta FC organization included a lot of dominant performances. Her 45-second destruction of Faith Van Duin at Invicta FC 13 was the quickest of all. In trademark fashion, the Brazilian charged her foe and ended the fight with strikes for a TKO.

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Check out the Blue Corner on Wednesday for the next installment of Invicta FC’s top 25 finishes countdown.

And for more on the Invicta FC schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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