The UFC makes its return to Canada for UFC 289, headlined by a women's bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Irene Aldana.
Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira will fight in the co-main event.
The five-round championship bout takes place June 10 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The UFC 289 prelims begin at 7 p.m. ET, with the main card scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.
The UFC 289 odds are skewed with Nunes as a -330 favorite over Aldana (+265).
UFC 289 odds: Amanda Nunes vs Irene Aldana
Odds as of June 5
According to our odds calculator, Nunes' -330 odds translate to a 76.74% implied chance of victory and a $100 bet pays out $130.30. Aldana's +265 odds give her a 27.40% chance to win and a $100 bet pays out $365.
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Odds as of June 10
Nunes vs Aldana Tale Of The Tape
|Fighter||Amanda Nunes||Irene Aldana|
|Record||22-5 (15-2 UFC)||14-6 (7-4 UFC)|
|Avg. Fight Time||9:58||13:39|
|Sig. Strikes Per Minute||4.40||5.39|
|Sig. Strikes Absorbed Per Minute||2.75||5.71|
|Takedowns Per 15 Minutes||2.61||0.20|
Nunes vs Aldana Preview: Who will be the Women's Bantamweight Champion?
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How Aldana Wins
We've already seen one Mexican upset when Alexa Grasso shocked the world at UFC 285 with a stunning submission win over Valentina Shevchenko. Could Aldana be the next female fighter from south of the border to secure a dramatic championship victory?
If Aldana wants to win, she'll need to stay active. Her upright, tight stance makes her a ferocious boxer, and she's also quite versed in takedown defense. But Nunes, depending on how healthy she looks, is a different breed. "The Lioness" has the strength and savvy to work around Aldana's guard and hammer her.
Aldana is aggressive but also takes a ton of damage. Her best bet is to tag Nunes as hard as she can early in this fight.
How Nunes Wins
After gassing out in her first showdown vs Julianna Pena, Nunes showed great cardio in the rematch at UFC 277. The Brazilian showed up in better shape and used her well-rounded skillset to cruise to victory.
Watch for Nunes to use a similar, but perhaps more cautious strategy vs Aldana at UFC 289. The 35-year-old can attack Aldana with low kicks and then mix in a level-change to keep things honest.
Nunes is the better fighter, but she can't let off the gas. When Aldana advances, she needs to trade back and use those big hooks. Mexican fighters, by nature, are relentless, so Aldana will never be out of this bout.
Nunes vs Aldana Pick
Aldana has never been KO'd in 11 UFC fights. Nunes is still strong, but at this stage in her career, I don't think she's got enough juice.
That said, with the wrestling advantage in The Lioness' favor, I'll take Nunes to win by decision and this bout to go the distance.