For the second time in 2021, Irene Aldana will have to wait to face Germaine de Randamie, as the Dutchwoman would be out of combat at UFC 268 due to an injury, sources confirmed to ESPN Deportes.
De Randamie, former UFC 145-pound champion, was announced by the promotion as the Mexican rival on November 6 for the undercard starring Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington in the rematch for the welterweight title at Madison Square Garden. from New York. At the end of March of this year, she underwent surgery on her left hand, surgery that prevented her from facing Aldana in June.
Instead, the Culiacán, Sinaloa native fought Russian Yana Kutniskaya on July 10 at UFC 264, resulting in a knockout victory, which kept her at number four in the UFC women’s bantamweight rankings. .
Aldana, who is 13-6, has expressed interest in facing a rival that brings her closer to the fight for the title that Amanda Nunes will expose on December 11 against Julianna Peña and although the promotion is looking for a replacement, it seems complicated, with Randamie out, Holly Holm moving up to 145 pounds to fight Norma Dumont on October 16 and Aspen Ladd with her engagement against Macy Chiasson scheduled for October 2.
UFC 268’s main card also features the rematch between Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang for the women’s 115-pound title and the lightweight contender bout between former interim champion Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler.