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.
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.
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