This weekend, Amanda Nunes makes the first defense of her second reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion, taking on Irene Aldana at UFC 289.
Nunes, who holds featherweight gold and is considered the greatest female fighter in MMA history, lost the bantamweight belt to Juliana Pena in 2021 before regaining the title in a rematch last year.
Now the Brazilian, 35, puts gold on the line against Aldana, who is bidding to become the fourth Mexican champion in UFC history – the other three still reigning at the time of writing. Aldana, 35, is stepping in for the injured Pena, who was due for a trilogy fight against Nunes. The Mexican is chasing a third consecutive win after stopping Messi Chiasson and Yana Santos in his last two fights.
In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira faces Benil Dariush, who is looking for his first shot at the division title.
Here’s what you need to know.
When is it?
UFC 289 will take place on Saturday June 10 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
Early prelims are set to begin at 11pm BST (3pm PT, 5pm CT, 6pm ET), with prelims starting at 1am BST on Sunday 11 June (5pm PT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET).
The main card will then begin at 3am BST (7pm PT, 9pm CT, 10pm ET).
How can I see it?
In the US, the event will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. In the UK, BT Sport will broadcast the fights.
BT Sport subscribers can watch the event live on TV, as well as on the broadcaster’s website and app.
difference of opinion
Nunes – 2/7
Aldana – 13/5
Full odds through Betway.
Full Card (subject to change)
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Irene Aldana (women’s bantamweight title)
Charles Oliveira vs. Benil Dariush (Lightweight)
Nasurdin Imavov vs. Chris Curtis (Middleweight)
Dan Ige vs. Nate Landwehr (Featherweight)
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Chris Duckows (Light-Heavyweight)
Mike Mallott vs. Adam Fugit (Welterweight)
Miranda Maverick vs Jasmine Jasudavicius (Women’s Flyweight)
Marc-Andre Barreault vs. Erick Anders (Middleweight)
David Dvorak vs. Stephen Erceg (Flyweight)
Aiman Zahabi vs Orikileng (Bantamweight)
Kyle Nelson vs Blake Bilder (Featherweight)
Diane Belbita vs. Maria Oliveira (Women’s Strawweight)