Saturday, June 10th, Vancouver, Canada is hosting UFC 289, and the lineup is incredible.
UFC 289 Main Card
Women’s Bantamweight Title Bout
Amanda Nunes – Brazil (champ -315) vs. Irene Aldana – Mexico (#5 +260)
Lightweight bout Charles Oliveira – Brazil (#1) vs. Beneil Dariush – USA (#4)
Welterweight bout Mike Malott – Canada (-210) vs. Adam Fugitt – USA (+180)
Featherweight bout Dan Ige – USA (#13 -245) vs. Nate Landwehr – USA (+205)
Middleweight bout Marc-Andre Barriault – Canada (-135) vs. Eryk Anders – USA (+115)
Middleweight bout Nassourdine Imavov – France (#12 -135) vs. Chris Curtis – USA (#14 +115)
Lightweight bout Khalil Rountree Jr. – USA (#15 -295) vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius – Canada (+245)
Bantamweight bout Aiemann Zahabi – Canada (+110) vs. Aoriqileng – China (-130)
Featherweight bout Kyle Nelson – Canada (+170) vs. Blake Bilder – USA (-200)
Flyweight bout David Dvorak – Czechia (#10 +145) vs. Stephen Erceg (-170)
Strawweight bout Diana Belbita – Romania (-105) vs. Maria Oliveira – Brazil (-115)
This is the sixth time the event has been held in Vancouver and the first time since September 2019 when it was UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje.
UFC 289: The Title Bout
The top fight was supposed to be between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena in their rubber match, but Pena had to withdraw because of broken ribs. Nunes’ loss to Pena in their first matchup was a huge upset. Nunes lost by submission in the second round and was so downtrodden by the loss that she briefly considered retiring. But ultimately, she didn’t want to end her career on such a negative note. She fought Pena again in 2022 and won the re-match by unanimous decision. In fact, she was so dominant she didn’t see the reason for another fight to settle the 1-1 tie. Her next fight would have been against Aldana, so she feels this fight is exactly where it should be.
Nunes is the current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion and two-time UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She is the first and only fighter to defend two UFC titles while holding both and is widely considered the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time. She has 22 wins and 5 losses.
It will be an uphill battle for Aldana whose odds are +260. With that said, Lobo Gym Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach Diego Lopes thinks Aldana will ‘Shock the World’ and beat the heavy favorite Nunes. He thinks her improvement on her ground game and her strong point of boxing will be a tough combination to beat. Her record is 14 wins and six losses.
Oliveira vs. Dariush
The other top fight for UFC 289 will be between no. 1 ranked Charles Oliveira and no. 4 ranked Beneil Dariush. Oliveira is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, a 3rd-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a former UFC Lightweight Champion. He began his career in 2007 in Brazil, putting together a 12-0 record where he had multiple fights in one night on three separate occasions.
His opponent Dariush is an Iranian-born American who has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He also has a black belt in Muay Thai, which is a combat sport that incorporates boxing-style fighting with clinching techniques. It is known as the “Art of eight limbs” because it combines the use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. He’s won 22 fights and lost 4. None of the losses were by decision.
Canada has five fighters in this lineup. For the Welterweight bout, Canadian Mike Malott will be taking on Adam Fugitt from the USA. Malott has been fighting since 2011 but didn’t join UFC until 2022 (UFC 273) in which he beat Mickey Gall by TKO (punches). He also beat Yohan Lainesse in February of this year by submission (arm-triangle choke). Malott has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is 6’ 1”, 170 lbs, with a 73-inch reach. He has nine wins (all by knockout or submission), one loss, and one tie.
His opponent Adam Fugitt is the underdog in this match with +180 odds against’ Malott’s -210. Like Malott, he is also 6’ 1” and 170 lbs but has a much longer reach at 77 inches. His fighting record is nine wins and three losses.
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