LAS VEGAS – A technique or one other, Irene Aldana needed to make up for for her shortcomings main as much as Saturday’s struggle.
The UFC bantamweight contender did not make weight for her bout in opposition to Yana Kunitskaya on the pay-per-view major card of UFC 264. Aldana (13-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) gained the bout in a dominant exhibiting, stopping Kunitskaya (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) by TKO within the first spherical.
Aldana got here into the bout 3.5 kilos over the restrict. It was the primary time in her UFC profession she did not make the bantamweight mark. And although Aldana defined the burden miss got here right down to circumstances outdoors of her management, the Mexican fighter nonetheless felt she wanted to make up for the hiccup.
“It was vital for me to have a great efficiency as a result of I knew I screwed up as soon as, and I wanted to make it higher tonight within the struggle,” Aldana advised reporters on the UFC 264 post-fight information convention. “I simply wanted to remain centered, do my job and don’t let that get into my head. It was simply an trustworthy mistake – it occurred.”
Aldana thinks some followers fail to know among the hurdles feminine fighters run into when making ready for an MMA struggle. The Lobo Fitness center product assures the burden miss was a mistake and wasn’t achieved to get an unfair benefit.
“They don’t know (what it’s like),” Aldana mentioned. “I’m not a grimy fighter. I’m not somebody who would have achieved that to benefit from my opponent within the struggle. I’d by no means try this. Really, I used to be on the opposite aspect of that two instances earlier than with Bethe (Correia) and in Mexico (with Vanessa Melo), and that’s it – it occurs. You make a pact, you are taking the struggle, and that’s it.
“This time, as an expert fighter in this type of sport, typically your menstrual cycle modifications rather a lot and also you don’t know when it’s going to occur. In my case, I by no means know when it’s going to occur, and I didn’t understand it was going to occur this week – and sadly it did. I couldn’t put together for that. I attempted. I attempted to the final minute to chop the burden, however my physique simply stopped sweating.”