UFC 289 is finally here, and boy is it a stacked card! We will see Amanda Nunes up against Irene Aldana as the Main Event for the Women's Bantamweight Title Fight. There are also many other key fights to get you pumped up before the main show.
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Check out all our UFC tips for UFC 289 including predictions for the Main Event, as well as two other fights on the card:
Best Bet – AMANDA NUNES VS IRENE ALDANA – Amanada Nunes by KO/TKO @$2.40
For the best bet, we’re looking at the Main Event. The #1 WP4P Amanda Nunes (22-5, 15-2 UFC) up against #5 WBW Irene Aldana (14-6, 7-4 UFC). Nunes avenged her loss to Juliana Pena in dominant fashion at UFC 277. She scored multiple knockdowns and looked to be in control for 5 rounds, making it an easy one for the judges.
There’s no doubt about it, she’s the female GOAT. Irene Aldana has been on a hot streak since her loss to Holly Holm in 2020. She displays immaculate striking and loves to fight behind her jab. Her last 2 wins have come with some highlight reels, including KO/TKO over Macey Chiasson via a liver kick from the bottom and a Round 1 finish over Yana Santos.
However, I feel the step-up in competition may be a little too much for Aldana. We’ve seen it before when fighters make the big leap and I think we’ll see it again. Nunes will feel her out early and capitalise in the later rounds. I’m taking Nunes to win by KO/TKO as my best bet.
Next Best – CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS BENEIL DARIUSH – Charles Oliveira @$2.20
Some would say that Charles Oliveira verses Beneil Dariush is the people's Main Event and it’s hard to disagree. There’s a lot at stake here, with both fighters looking to fight for gold next. Oliveira was on an 11-fight win streak prior to his loss to Islam Makhachev late last year.
But, his resume of recent wins is undoubtedly sensational, with finishes over Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. Oliveira is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the division, being a super threat on the feet and on the ground. Dariush has been on an 8-fight win streak since his loss to Alexander Hernandez back in 2018.
Although he hasn’t faced the same calibre of fighters Oliveira has, you can’t deny the streak. Some notable wins include his spinning back fist win over Scott Holtzman, KO of Drakkar Klose and his recent UD win over Mateusz Gamrot last year. Although his grappling is elite, I think Oliveira may be too much for him on the feet. Although Beneil is well and truly deserving of a title shot, I think Oliveira has the tools get the win.
Value Bet – DAN IGE VS NATE LANDWEHR – SGM – Dan Ige to Win, Dan Ige to Win By KO, Fight to End in Round 2 @$7.50
We love value here at Dabble and Dan ‘$50k’ Ige screams it. Dan’s looking to rebuild his UFC career after a couple of tough losses in 2021-2022. He managed to rack up a 6 fight-win streak prior to losses to top-tier competition in Movsar Evloev, Josh Emmett, Chan Sung Jung and Calvin Katter.
He started off 2023 in a positive way with a second-round knockout of Damon Jackson at UFC Fight Night 217 and looked as good as he ever has. Landwehr is on a 3-fight win streak and managed to rack up some impressive submissions against Austin Lingo and Ludovit Klein. Landwehr also loves a brawl, something that Ige probably wants to avoid.
However, Landwehr has started slow at times, something that Ige would be aware of. With fundamentally perfect boxing, underrated power and solid grappling, I think Ige has the upper hand. I think Ige will push the pace early, overwhelm Landwehr and finish him in the second round. If he performs like he didn’t against Damon Jackson, I think he’s great value to get the job done.
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