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Who won Nunes vs Aldana?
Amanda Nunes beat Irene Aldana by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the main event of UFC 289, on Saturday 10th June 2023 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Amanda Nunes.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the vacant UFC women’s bantamweight championship.
Nunes vs Aldana stats
Amanda Nunes stepped into the octagon with a record of 22 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Irene Aldana made her way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Nunes had a slight advantage in power over Aldana, with a 59% knock out percentage over Aldana's 57%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Aldana had a slight advantage over Nunes, with a 21% submission rate over Nunes' 18%.
Amanda Nunes was the same age as Irene Aldana, at 35 years old.
Aldana had a height advantage of 1 inch over Nunes. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Nunes was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made her debut in 2008, 4 years and 7 months earlier than Aldana, whose first professional fight was in 2012. She had fought 12 more professional rounds, 62 to Aldana's 50.
Nunes vs Aldana form
Amanda Nunes had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had won against Julianna Pena at UFC 277 on 30th July 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Previous to that, she had been beaten by Julianna Pena at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, she had won against Megan Anderson at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Featherweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, she had beat Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 on 6th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Featherweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
She had defeated Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 on 14th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Bantamweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Aldana had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In her last fight before this contest, she had won against Macy Chiasson at UFC 279 on 10th September 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had won against Yana Santos at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, she had lost to Holly Holm at UFC Fight Island 4 on 3rd October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, she had defeated Vanessa Melo at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 21st September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
She had beat Bethe Correia at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by submission in the 3rd round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Amanda Nunes had been fighting more than Irene Aldana.
Going to this contest, Amanda Nunes had last fought 1 year, 3 months and 22 days ago, while Irene Aldana's last outing had been 1 year, 2 months and 11 days ago.
Nunes' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 7 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 9 months and 14 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Aldana's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 10 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 10 months and 27 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Nunes vs Aldana?
Amanda Nunes was a 31/100 (-320) favourite going into the contest, while Irene Aldana made her way into the ring at 13/5 (+260) with oddsmakers.