‘My Body Stopped’- Irene Aldana Reveals Harrowing Details After Missing Weight for UFC 264

Published 07/10/2021, 12:07 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 04: Irene Aldana of Mexico prepares to face Holly Holm in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 04, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

UFC 264 will take place tomorrow night inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. All the fighters have weighed in successfully ahead of the event. However, the women’s bantamweight fighter Irene Aldana missed the weight for the PPV.


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Aldana will clash against Yana Kunitskaya this Saturday despite a spike in her weight. The 33-year-old came in at 139.5lbs, 3.5 pounds heavier than her opponent.


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Due to her miss, the Mexican women’s fighter will pay 30 percent of her purse to her opponent for the fight to move forward. Following the first weight miss of her career, the Mexican fighter took to Twitter to apologize to her opponent. She also revealed the reason for weight miss.

Aldana said, “In all my career, this is the first time I had missed weight, I tried hard and push my body to the limit. But it stopped sweating. Got my menstrual cycle during fight week and I’m sure my body stopped because of that.”

“I want to apologize to my opponent @YanaKunitskaya1 and her team. I would never do this to take advantage in a fight. I also apologize too to my team, to the UFC and to our followers.”


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Aldana was the only fighter to miss the weight ahead of the biggest pay-per-view this year. The other 25 fighters on the card made the weight. Here are the results for the weigh-ins of UFC 264: Poirier vs McGregor 3.

UFC 264: Weigh-In results

Main Card

Dustin Poirier (156) vs Conor McGregor (156)

Gilbert Burns (170.5) vs Stephen Thompson (170.5)

Tai Tuivasa (263) vs Greg Hardy (264.5)

Irene Aldana (139.5)* vs Yana Kunitskaya (134.5)

Sean O’Malley (135.5) vs Kris Moutinho (135)

Preliminary Card

Carlos Condit (171) vs Max Griffin (170.5)

Niko Price (169.5) vs Michel Pereira (170.5)

Ryan Hall (145) vs Ilia Topuria (145.5)

Trevin Giles (185.5) vs Dricus Du Plessis (185.5)

Early Prelims

Jennifer Maia (125.5) vs Jessica Eye (125.5)

Omari Akhmedov (185.5) vs Brad Tavares (184.5)

Zhalgas Zhumagulov (125.5) vs Jerome Rivera (125.5)

Hu Yaozong (185.5) vs Alen Amedovski (186)


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As of now, there are no changes in the bouts. However, the women’s bantamweight bout on the main card will proceed at a catchweight.


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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.



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