Germaine de Randamie injured, out of UFC 268 bout against Irene Aldana

Former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of UFC 268.

De Randamie (10-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has withdrawn from her pivotal bantamweight clash with Irene Aldana on Nov. 6 due to an undisclosed injury. It is unknown whether or not Aldana (13-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will remain on the card.

A person with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the news to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. The news of de Randamie’s withdrawal was first reported by ESPN Deportes.

After falling short in her title quest against reigning UFC bantamweight champion and current dual-champ Amanda Nunes, de Randamie rebounded with a third-round “Performance of the Night” submission of current title challenger Julianna Pena in October. The Dutch-born fighter has won six of her past seven, including capturing the inaugural featherweight title against Holly Holm in 2017, which she was later stripped of.

Mexico’s Aldana was looking to earn her first-career title shot. The 33-year-old has won six of her past eight and is coming off a first-round TKO of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 264 in July, a bout which she came in three-and-a-half pounds over.

The UFC 268 lineup currently includes:

  • Champion Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington – for welterweight title

  • Champion Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili – for women’s strawweight title

  • Michael Chandler vs. Justin Gaethje

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Sean Strickland

  • Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera

  • Bobby Green vs. Al Iaquinta

  • Irene Aldana vs. TBA

  • Nassourdine Imavov vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

  • John Allan vs. Aleksa Camur

  • Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. TJ Laramie

  • Andreas Michailidis vs. Alex Pereira

  • Shane Burgos vs. Billy Quarantillo

  • Ian Garry vs. Jordan Williams