Two of the UFC’s top women’s champions are making their return at UFC 285.
Long-time women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will face Alexa Grasso and UFC’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes will go against Irene Aldana – both on the undercard of Jon Jones vs. Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title.
Shevchenko hasn’t fought since her controversial split-decision win against Taila Santos at UFC 275. The champion previously told media that she was having a hard time finding an opponent.
If she’s victorious, it would make her eighth successful defense of her flyweight title.
Grasso is on a four-fight winning streak, which includes victories over Viviane Araujo, Joanne Wood, Maycee Barber and Ji Yeon Kim.
Aaron Bronsteter reported that Nunes would also be joining the card against No. 5 ranked Aldana.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 18, 2023
Nunes recently bounced back from a historic upset performance by Julianna Pena, who took her long-held belt by submitting her in the second round. Nunes got revenge in her rematch in July by taking the crown back via unanimous decision.
Pena immediately asked for a rematch, but it seems like that won’t be happening just yet.
Aldana is 2-1 in her last three fights.