UFC 233 gets return of Alexandra Albu as she faces Emily Whitmire

The first UFC pay-per-view card of 2019 just gets better and better

Fighting consistently doesn’t appear to be one of top Russian strawweight prospect, Alexandra Albu’s (3-0) strong suits as there have been two-year gaps between each of her three professional bouts. Thus making it more of a treat when she is around to fight.

However, it’s that time again for the woman known as “Stitch” as she now has her fourth career bout lined up.

Welcoming back Albu will be one of the alums from season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter in Emily “Spitfire” Whitmire (3-2). The two will clash inside the Honda Center for UFC 233 on January 26.

For Albu, this will be her first fight since July 2017 when she defeated Kailin Curran by unanimous decision in an entertaining back and forth battle at UFC 214.

Whitmire, a flyweight during her time on TUF 26, has fought twice since Albu’s last bout (four times including TUF). In her UFC debut, she would drop a loss to fellow TUF 26 castmate, Gillian Robertson only to rebound nicely in her sophomore appearance which saw her drop back down to strawweight and defeat Jamie Moyle.

The Oregon native definitely has proven to look more at home at 115-pounds and will surely plan to keep some momentum going after a big win in July.

The UFC’s strawweight division is only getting deeper and deeper as the months go on. With the recent risings of fighters like Weili Zhang, Yan Xiaonan, Maycee Barber, and many others, inactivity could easily see someone get overlooked.

Because of that, motivation should be no problem to find for either fighter in this matchup.

With that in mind, the fight now joins the rest of the already stacked UFC 233 card as can be seen below (not all bouts listed have been made official):

  • Flyweight – 125lbs: (C)Henry Cejudo vs (BW C)TJ Dillashaw
  • Welterweight – 170lbs: Robbie Lawler vs Ben Askren
  • Bantamweight – 135lbs: Dominick Cruz vs John Lineker
  • Lightweight – 155lbs: James Vick vs Paul Felder
  • Flyweight: Joanne Calderwood vs Ariane Lipski
  • Bantamweight: Marion Reneau vs Yana Kunitskaya
  • Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez vs Francisco Trinaldo
  • Middleweight – 185lbs: Markus Perez vs Anthony Hernandez


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Drake Riggs is an MMA writer who specializes in feature pieces, the women's fight scene, lists, and rankings. He has been a passionate fan of MMA ever since 2009. Drake also currently writes for, FanSided MMA, The Body Lock, and is a former contributor to Sherdog. He is a die-hard fan of the NFL's Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars as well.