Irene Aldana and Lucie Pudilova certainly earned their $50,000 bonuses for “Fight of the Night” at UFC 228.
The women’s bantamweight bout, which streamed on the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday’s card at American Airlines Center in Dallas, was largely overlooked due to the deep lineup at UFC 228. Aldana (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Pudilova (8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) made sure they got their shine once inside the octagon, though.
The fighters went toe-to-toe over the course of three rounds and left each other bloodied and bruised. Aldana was awarded the win by split decision when it was all over, in the aftermath of the epic encounter, both women provided health updates on social media
"I can not write much but I want to thank everyone for their messages! My eye is fine, it only has a scratch from a picket in the last round. My hand if it broke from the first round, I hope to be back soon! 👊🏼💛🇲🇽 # ufc228 #lobomma
Hi! “What a fight ! “ I’m totally fine , no bones broken😁. Big thanks to all my fans for the incredible support and all the nice messages which I got from you guys ! That’s make me even more stronger! Especially huge thanks to @danawhite that he gave me a chance to fight at UFC 228. And the biggest thanks to my coach Láďa E. . I will be back soon and even stronger ! #ufc #ufc228"
As Aldana mentioned in her update, there’s fear she suffered a broken hand in the opening round of the 135-pound matchup. She somehow endured the pain, though, and managed to land a remarkable 119 significant strikes over the course of 15 minutes.
After dropping her first two UFC fights, Aldana has now emerged victorious in two-straight. The latest put an extra $50,000 in her pocket.