Top ten tranked women’s bantamweights Irene Aldana and Macy Chiasson stepped into the Octagon as part of the UFC 279 main card on Saturday night. Both fighters stepped up against one another winning three of their last five contests. Sitting as the No. 4 ranked women’s bantamweight, Aldana hoped to inch her way a little bit closer to a world title opportunity. Chiasson, sitting in the No. 10 spot, looked to jump the line and break her way into the top five with a convincing victory.
Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson at UFC 279
Both women came out trading shots and feeling out one another. Aldana continued to throw low kicks. Chiasson closes the distance, pushing Aldana back to the fence before breaking away and returning to the center of the Octagon. Chiasson throws a series of kicks as Aldana stalks. Chiasson attempts a single leg, but Aldana easily defends. Aldana moves Chiasson to the fence, landing a solid right hand. Chiasson returns fire with a solid high kick. Chiasson rushes in for a takedown and leaves her arm free for Aldana to grab. Working for an arm bar, Chiasson defends well but is eating shots while defending. The round ends with Aldana landing ground and pound.
Chiasson comes out in the second with a vengeance, immediately pushing the pace and throwing shots. Chiasson backs up Aldana to the fence and takes her opponent down with ease, but once again, Aldana is able to grab Chiasson’s arm threatening a submission. Chiasson defends again but ends up eating strikes in the process. Chiasson fights out, gets back to her feet, and is able to get control of Aldana’s back. Chiasson ties up Aldana with a body lock and punishes her with elbows from the back. Aldana is able to turn herself around, getting Chiasson back into her half guard. Chiasson threatens an arm triangle but is on the wrong side to lock it in as time expires in the second.
With the fight likely even after two, both women come out more cautious. Chiasson moves in for a takedown and once again, Aldana goes for the arm. Chiasson defends and gets back on her feet. Aldana delivers an up-kick that hits Chiasson directly on the liver, sending her to the canvas and forcing the referee to step in and call for the stoppage.
Official Result: Irene Aldana defeats Macy Chiasson via TKO (up-kick to the liver) at 2:21 of Round 3
Irene Aldana vs. Macy Chiasson Highlights From UFC 279
HOW DID CHIASSON SURVIVE THIS 🤯
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 11, 2022
— GreenMan (@GreenManTalks) September 11, 2022
— UFC (@ufc) September 11, 2022