Amanda Nunes will defend her undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight title against Irene Aldana in the UFC 289 headliner on Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Meanwhile, former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira looks to rebound from his Oct. 22 submission defeat to Islam Makhachev when he collides with Beneil Dariush in the three-round co-main event at 155 pounds.
Notable Numbers for Nunes and Aldana
As UFC 289 “Nunes vs. Aldana” approaches, a look at some of the numbers the fighters on the card bring to the table: Nunes has fought at least once in 15 consecutive calendar years, with a record of 2-1 in 2008, 2-0 in 2009, 1-0 in 2010, 1-1 in 2011, 1-0 in 2012, 2-1 in 2013, 0-1 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015, 3-0 in 2016, 1-0 in 2017, 2-0 in 2018, 2-0 in 2019, 1-0 in 2020, 1-1 in 2021, and 1-0 in 2022. Aldana has landed a total of 903 strikes as a UFC women’s bantamweight, tying her with Nunes for fifth on the promotion’s all-time list at 135 pounds. Only Raquel Pennington (1,310), Alexis Davis (1,000), Julianna Pena (964), and Yana Santos (938) have been credited with more.
Other Notable Figures on the Card
Oliveira spent 357 days as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, capturing the crown with a second-round technical knockout of Michael Chandler at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021. He made one successful title defense before losing it on the scale, missing weight by half a pound ahead of his first-round rear-naked choke submission of Justin Gaethje at UFC 274. Dariush has eight wins by submission, accounting for 36% of his career total (22). His methods of choice include five rear-naked chokes, two armbars, and one arm-triangle choke. Dariush holds five other wins by knockout or technical knockout (23%) and nine more by decision (41%).
Mike Malott needed only 15 seconds to cut down Jon Williams with a knee strike at an Extreme Cage Combat show on March 9, 2013, which remains his fastest finish to date. Malott will confront Adam Fugitt in a three-round welterweight showcase. Fugitt has plied his mixed martial arts trade in seven organizations, including a 1-1 mark in the UFC, 3-0 in Prime Fighting, 2-0 in X-1 World Events, 1-1 in the Legacy Fighting Alliance, 1-0 in PureCombat, 1-0 in CageSport, and 0-1 in Rogue Promotions.
In addition to the main card, the event features fighters such as Ige, Landwehr, Anders, Barriault, Maverick, and Jasudavicius, among others. The 22 fighters booked to compete at the event sport a combined record of 343-106-4, with Oliveira having the most victories (33) and Chris Curtis having the most losses (10). Curtis will face Nassourdine Imavov in the featured middleweight prelim.