Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson added to UFC 279

Irene Aldana vs Macy Chiasson added to UFC 279

UFC 279 has added a few recent bookings over the last week or so, one of them coming in the women’s bantamweight division between no. 4 ranked Irene Aldana and no. 11 ranked Macy Chiasson.

UFC 279 is to go down on September 10, 2022, live on pay-per-view from a to-be-determined venue.

Mexican talent Irene Aldana has been very impressive over the course of her last several fights, moving her up to her no. 4 spot in the rankings.

Coming to the UFC in December of 2016 following a 4-1 run for Invicta (all wins via finish), Aldana would lose her first two octagon bouts, before winning her next three-straight, capping off with a third-round submission (armbar) victory over former title challenger Bethe Correia.

A split decision defeat to Raquel Pennington would follow, before going 3-1 over her last four outings, defeating Vanessa Melo (UD) and then undefeated Ketlen Vieira (KO), before losing a unanimous decision to former champion Holly Holm.

Aldana followed this up with a first-round finish (TKO) of Yana Kunitskaya in July of last year, and she hasn’t fought since, suffering back-to-back cancelled bouts opposing former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie, as well as Aspen Ladd.

Macy Chiasson came to the UFC in November of 2018 to claim The Ultimate Fighter 28 trophy with a second-round submission (rear naked choke) over Pannie Kianzad, after going 2-0 on the show, securing knockout victories in both outings.

Another pair of back-to-back knockout victories would soon follow after she won the show, before suffering her first defeat via unanimous decision to the more experienced former kickboxer Lina Lansberg.

Chiasson has since gone 3-1, her too losing to Raquel Pennington (guillotine choke), and defeating Norma Dumont (SD) in a dominant upset back in May, both fights taking place up in the featherweight division.

This is a very exciting contrast of styles; Aldana is one of the better boxers in women’s MMA, and Chiasson is a well rounded talent with all the potential in the world.

How do you see this one going down at UFC 279?

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