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

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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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UFC-Rotterdam winner Marion Reneau wants top-10 fight after ex-champ de Randamie 'backed out'


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Marion Reneau was ready and willing to fight Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 115. The former UFC champ was unable to compete, however, so Reneau had to take care of business against newcomer Talita Oliveira.

Reneau (8-3-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) was originally scheduled to welcome former UFC women’s featherweight champ de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) back to the bantamweight division at UFC Fight Night 115, which took place Saturday at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. “The Iron Lady” pulled out on less than two weeks’ notice with a hand injury, though, and Reneau ended up defeating replacement opponent Oliveira (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) by third-round TKO.

There’s been loads of uncertainty around de Randamie’s career since she was stripped of the 145-pound belt earlier this year. Reneau said she was advised against taking the fight, and while it ultimately didn’t happen, she hopes her willingness to fight anyone from a former champion to a debuting foe will set her up for more big opportunities going forward.

“Hopefully someone in the top 10 (is next),” Reneau told reporters at UFC Fight Night 15’s post-fight news conference. “They offered me Germaine and without hesitation I said, ‘Yes.’ Even though I was told many times, ‘Don’t take that fight, don’t take that fight.’ I’m like, ‘Why? Why am I even going to be in the UFC and turn down fights, that doesn’t make sense to me.’

“I want the hardest, I want the best because I want to be the best. I want to fight against the best. I want to move up. I absolutely said yes. Unfortunately she backed out, but I want to work my way to the top 10.”

Although it wasn’t the swift and one-sided performance she was hoping for, Reneau outworked Oliveira until she scored the latest stoppage in a three-round UFC women’s bantamweight fight, clocking in at the 4:54 mark of Round 3.

Oliveira was unheralded coming into the fight on short notice but gave a solid showing in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed contest, which is exactly what Reneau was expecting, she said.

“I absolutely expected her to be tough,” Reneau said. “I don’t think the UFC is going to bring any girls into the octagon who are not tough and are not ready. She was very hungry for this, as well as I. I knew she was going to be a little tough.”

The fight was so rough, in fact, that Reneau left the octagon wearing quite a bit of damage on her face. “The Belizean Bruiser” has some bruises of her own to tend too, but once she’s got some recovery time in, said she will be right back in the gym working on her skills in hope of being booked in a high-profile fight along the lines of de Randamie.

“As soon as these things heal I’ll be right back in,” Reneau said. “Next week I’ll be back to training. It’s not something that is going to hinder me or stop me. You’re going to get battle wounds any time you’re in there. … This is my first cut that I’ve ever experienced inside the octagon. It’s not one of those things where I’m going to back down and go, ‘I need to take six months off.’ No, I want to get right back to it.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam results: Marion Reneau batters Talita Oliveira for late 3rd-round TKO

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Marion Reneau found herself in some tough situations but eventually blasted away with punches from top position to earn a TKO win over late replacement Talita Oliveira.

The women’s bantamweight contest took place on the main card of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Reneau opened the bout quickly, sprinting across the cage and looking to strike. Oliveira looked to counter early, eventually driving through a low kick and taking the action to the floor. Reneau stayed active underneath, firing upkicks when her opponent postured and tripping her for an impressive sweep before Oliveira countered with a leglock to return the favor. Reneau then worked in an earnest triangle attempt, but Oliveira proved up to the challenge.

High-level grappling followed with a series of entertaining transitions and advances until the bell.

Reneau again looked to push the pace to start the second, teeing off with big punches on the feet, including a big right that scored in the opening frame. Oliveira was able to work inside for a takedown attempt, but Reneau was up to the challenge and refused to follow to the floor when her opponent settled to the canvas.

With Oliveira visibly slowing, Reneau’s confidence grew on the feet. An Oliveira takedown attempt saw her pushed away with ease, though a second shortly after did get the fight to the floor. Reneau refused to stay there, easily breaking free and getting back to the feet, where she controlled the action until the bell.

Despite her visible exhaustion, Oliveira scored a takedown early in the third and cut her foe with a short elbow. Working from the bottom, Reneau countered by locking in a triangle choke, forcing some scrambling escapes from her opponent. Reneau tried to attack the arm in the sequence, as well, but Oliveira deftly escaped each advance. Reneau eventually used a guillotine setup to instead reverse positions and take the back. Reneau couldn’t get the choke but did crank on the neck, eventually letting it go in favor of punching away. Oliveira covered well bit had no true answer, and Reneau finally started landing flush in the final seconds, earning a stoppage with just six ticks left on the clock.

Reneau (8-3-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC) improves to 3-0-1 in her last four appearances. Oliveira (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) falls short in her UFC debut but certainly impressed on one week’s notice.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 115 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Talita Oliveira not above UFC jitters ahead of last-minute debut: 'I'll be extremely stressed'


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ROTTERDAM – As far as roads to the octagon go, Talita Oliveira’s was a pretty short one.

Oliveira, who stepped in for ex-champ Germaine de Randamie in a UFC Fight Night 115 meeting with Marion Reneau, enters the octagon at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands with a six-fight pro record that she started building only in 2015.

So, when the 30-year-old Brazilian got the call that she’d landed a coveted UFC spot, she reacted appropriately.

“It was pure happiness,” Oliveira told MMAjunkie through an interpreter.  “Euphoria.”

Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) meet in a bantamweight main-card bout at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streams on UFC Fight Pass.

As ecstatic as she clearly is about it, Oliveira’s debut comes with some caveats. Not only is she filling in for a former titleholder on extremely short notice – against a much more experienced opponent in her first UFC appearance – it has prime card placement.

Taking those details into account, one can see why de Oliveira is not playing it cool ahead of her crack at the big stage.

“I’ll be extremely stressed (when I walk out),” Oliveira said. “But it’s part of our job.”

While Oliveira does have a few disadvantages compared to Reneau – namely, experience and preparation time – she does carry some assets of her own. When the two faced off this morning for cameras, for instance, it became clear who was the bigger woman. Not to mention, she’s a decade younger than 40-year-old Reneau.

Oliveira also has some momentum to keep her confident. Riding a four-fight winning streak since her sole pro MMA loss, she comes off the first-round finish of Iren Racz at a regional show in Poland.

The submission was the fourth one in Oliveira’s short career – and further validation of the jiu-jitsu chops that she believes will make a difference on Saturday.

“I know that she’s much more experienced than me in the organization,” Oliveira said. “She has many more fights than me. But I think if I do the part of my Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I’ll do well in the fight.”

For more from Oliveira, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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