March 26, 1988|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Fighting out of||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Irene Aldana (born March 26, 1988) is a Mexican mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division. She is currently signed with the UFC. As of 26 July 2018, she is the #12 ranked contender in the official UFC bantamweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
In her lone fight with Brazilian mixed martial arts promotion Jungle Fight, Aldana faced Larissa Pacheco for the vacant JF Women's Bantamweight Championship at JF: Jungle Fight 63 on December 21, 2013. She lost the fight via third round TKO, giving her the first loss of her professional career.
Invicta Fighting Championships
Aldana signed with Invicta FC in mid-2014, and made her debut against Peggy Morgan at Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada on September 9, 2014, submitting Morgan with a rear-naked choke in the first round.
She was then expected to face Marion Reneau at Invicta FC 10: Waterson vs. Tiburcio on December 5, 2014, but Aldana was forced out of the bout due to an illness and the fight was taken off the card.
Aldana was scheduled to face Melanie LaCroix at Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet on February 27, 2015, however, LaCroix withdrew from the bout for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Colleen Schneider. She won the fight via first round rear-naked choke.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On November 6, 2016, it was announced that Aldana was signed to the UFC and will face Leslie Smith on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22. She lost the fight by unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the bout earned Aldana her first Fight of the Night bonus award in the UFC.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- Invicta Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||8 wins||4 losses|
|Win||8–4||Talita Bernardo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi||January 14, 2018||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||7–4||Katlyn Chookagian||Decision (split)||UFC 210||April 8, 2017||3||5:00||Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Leslie Smith||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||7–2||Faith Van Duin||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 19: Maia vs. Modafferi||September 23, 2016||1||4:57||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||6–2||Jessamyn Duke||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 16: Hamasaki vs. Brown||March 11, 2016||1||3:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (136.6 lbs) bout; Aldana missed weight.|
|Loss||5–2||Tonya Evinger||TKO (punches)||Invicta FC 13: Cyborg vs. Van Duin||July 9, 2015||4||4:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the vacant Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Colleen Schneider||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs. Tweet||February 27, 2015||1||1:05||Los Angeles, California, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||4–1||Peggy Morgan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Invicta FC 8: Waterson vs. Tamada||September 9, 2014||1||2:50||Houston, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||3–1||Larissa Pacheco||TKO (punches)||Jungle Fight 63||December 21, 2013||3||1:50||Belém, Brazil||For the vacant Jungle Fight Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Mayra Arce||KO (spinning wheel kick and punches)||Xtreme Kombat 21||October 12, 2013||1||0:43||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Flor Saenz||TKO (knee to the body)||Xtreme Kombat 21||October 12, 2013||1||0:20||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||1–0||Sandra del Rincon||KO (knees and punches)||GEX - Old Jack's Fight Night||October 17, 2012||1||0:15||Zapopan, Mexico|
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- "Video: Are Mexican boxers Alexa Grasso and Irene Aldana WMMA's next big things?". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
- Danny Segura (2016-11-10). "Irene Aldana set to make UFC debut against Leslie Smith at UFC on FOX 22". mmafighting. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
- "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
- "Jungle Fight 63 results: Larissa Pacheco scores TKO, becomes first female champion". mmafighting.com. December 21, 2013.
- "Invicta FC 8 results: Irene Aldana brutalizes Peggy Morgan in Round 1". fansided.com. September 9, 2014.
- "IRENE ALDANA FUERA DE INVICTA FC 10". Vice (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-02-28.
- "Friday's Invicta FC 10 event loses Irene Aldana vs. Marion Reneau". mmajunkie.com. December 2, 2015.
- "Colleen Schneider replaces Melanie LaCroix, faces Irena Aldana at Invicta FC 11". mmafighting.com. February 13, 2015.
- "Colleen Schneider Joins Invicta FC, Faces Irene Aldana at Invicta FC 11". invictafc.com. February 13, 2015.
- "Invicta FC 11: Colleen Schneider vs. Irene Aldana". tapology.com. February 27, 2015.
- "Invicta FC 11 results: Irene Aldana demolishes Colleen Schneider in Round 1". SI. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
- Steven Marrocco (2016-11-06). "Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana targeted for UFC on FOX 22". mmajunkie. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
- Staff (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 bonuses: Leslie Smith vs. Irene Aldana nabs 'Fight of the Night' honors". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
- "Irene Aldana vs. Talita Bernardo added to UFC St. Louis". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
- "UFC Fight Night 124 results: Irene Aldana outworks Talita Bernardo for decision sweep". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
- DNA, MMA. "Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana gaat alsnog gebeuren tijdens UFC 227 in Los Angeles". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
- "Bethe Correia pulled from UFC 227, Irene Aldana won't get replacement". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
- "Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilova is late addition to UFC 228 in Dallas". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
- Robert Sargent (September 23, 2016). "Invicta FC 19 Bonuses: Maia vs Modafferi Named Fight Of The Night". MMARising.com.
- Robert Sargent (February 28, 2015). "Invicta FC 11 Bonuses: Grasso-Inoue Named Fight Of The Night". MMARising.com.
- Ryan C. Miller (September 6, 2014). "Bonus Report: Invicta FC 8: Four Fighters Take Home Some Extra Cash". BJPenn.com.