High Hopes for Aldana: UFC bantamweight Irene Aldana hopes for title fight contention after her fight with Raquel Pennington this Saturday at UFC Fight Night on ESPN

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Irene Aldana of Mexico punches Talita Bernardo of Brazil in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Scottrade Center on January 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It was just over a month ago that Mexican superstar and Team Lobo member, Alexa Grasso became a household name beating Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 238 in Chicago. This Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, Grasso teammate Irene Aldana (10-4) looks to do the same for herself in the women’s bantamweight division as she takes on #6 ranked Raquel Pennington (9-7) on the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Edwards on ESPN.

Aldana came into the UFC in 2016 and has gone 3-2 in the organization so far. She is coming into this fight riding a three-fight win streak with her most current victory being over Bethe Correia last May via armbar. Pennington on the other hand has lost her last two fights but as those loses were to former UFC women’s featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie and current UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, Pennington has fought and beat pretty much the who’s who in the division.

For Aldana, a win over Pennington this weekend would definitely catapult her up the rankings and put her in the talks for title contention. If she beats Pennington and takes her #6 spot in the ranking, the UFC just recently gave #6 ranked strawweight fighter Weili Zhang a title fight for later this year, so this has to be on the mind of Aldana this week. And as the fight is on ESPN, more eyes will be on her and she may finally get the notoriety and recognition she has worked so hard for.

Irene Aldana will face Raquel Pennington this Saturday night, July 20th at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Edwards on ESPN. Prelims at 5pm CT, Main card at 8pm CT.

Photo credit: Getty Images/Zuffa, LLC.

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