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Lucie Pudilova to fight Irene Aldana at UFC 228

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Irena Aldana didn’t have to wait long for the UFC to get her a booking.

Officials announced that Aldana will fight Lucie Pudilova in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 228 on Sept. 8 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, following an initial report by Milenio.

This news comes just after Aldana’s bout with Bethe Correia at UFC 227 in Los Angeles was canceled when Correia was forced to withdraw due to an existing eye condition. Though Correia placed the blame on the California State Athletic Commission, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting that it was the promotion itself that made the decision to pull Correia (and subsequently Aldana) from the card.

Now Mexico’s Aldana (8-4) gets another chance to capitalize on her first UFC win, which came via unanimous decision in a January bout opposite Talita Bernardo. Prior to that, Aldana had lost her previous two UFC bouts by points after coming over from the Invicta FC promotion, where she won four of her five fights by first-round finish.

Pudilova (8-2), a 24-year-old fighter from the Czech Republic, has won two straight fights after losing on the scorecards to Lina Lansberg in her UFC debut. In her most recent outing at UFC Austin in February, Pudilova defeated Sarah Moras by unanimous decision.