UFC women’s bantamweight contender Irene Aldana has released a assertion following tests constructive for COVID-19 and withdrawing from the Holly Holm battle.
Aldana was set to fight Holm in the main event of a UFC Battle Night occasion established for August 1 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was established to be the initially key celebration of her UFC vocation, and a acquire around Holm could have landed Aldana a title shot towards UFC women’s bantamweight winner Amanda Nunes.
Regrettably, the combat has now been postponed right until further discover right after Aldana withdrew from the combat, and the new primary celebration will see Derek Brunson get on Edmen Shahbazyan in a a few-round middleweight combat.
On Wednesday, a couple of hrs soon after news of the Holm combat slipping by came out, Aldana produced a statement on her Instagram describing why she had to withdraw from the battle.
“I deeply thank all the supporters and all the media for their messages of assist and the fascination revealed in the information of the postponement of my battle in 1st. August vs. Holly Holm,” Aldana wrote.
“We are heading via a very sophisticated globe condition and my place is no exception: COVID-19. Irrespective of the actuality that we designed a camp in full isolation and with the wellness measures advised by the authorities, unfortunately I experienced some signs and in the pertinent exams it was positive.
“I am nonetheless recovering: the 1st times have been intricate in phrases of signs and symptoms, but I am considerably improved.
“You know my professionalism and my fascination in a motivation of this size. My enthusiasm and preparing is and will be overall.
“I deeply thank the UFC, its president Dana White, Mick Maynard and my opponent and her group for the comprehending proven, we will be prepared for the new day that the company assigns us within the up coming couple of months.
“Once all over again thanks for your knowing and support constantly.” – Irene Aldana Robles
Aldana (12-5) is the No. 6 rated women’s bantamweight in the UFC. The 32-12 months-outdated Mexican is 5-4 over-all in the UFC and has won 5 of her very last six fights in general. In her last outing at UFC 245, Aldana received a “Performance of the Night” reward for her brutal KO in excess of top prospect Ketlen Vieira. She has only shed at the time due to the fact 2017, a split selection defeat to Raquel Penington in July 2019. In any other case, the fighter has been on very a roll at 135lbs.