When filming began for Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Macy Chiasson had been a pro for less than one year. Her professional record was 2-0. Despite that, team captain Kelvin Gastelum use his second pick on the inexperienced Chiasson. The decision was a good one. Chiasson went on to win the women’s featherweight tournament with a second-round submission over Pannie Kianzad, who was Gastelum’s fourth pick.
When Chiasson fought for the second time in the UFC, she did so as a bantamweight. She scored a TKO win over Gina Mazany in that March 2019 contest. Two months later, Chiasson knocked out Sarah Moras. The second-round stoppage put Chiasson’s record at 5-0 and earned her the first fight-night bonus of her career.
Chiasson is now the No. 11 ranked fighter in the official UFC women’s bantamweight rankings.
After her win over Moras, who had twice the experience of Chiasson, the New Orleans native called for a top-10 opponent. She did not get her wish. Instead, Chiasson faces the No. 12 ranked Lina Lansberg.
The 37-yea-old Lansberg has 13 MMA fights to her name, but she also had a lengthy amateur muay Thai career before making a move to a professional MMA career. The Swedish Lansberg, who faced Cris Cyborg in her first UFC fight, is coming off a decision win over former Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger.
Chiasson is one of the biggest favorites on the card. As such she will be expected to add to her run of three straight stoppage wins with the UFC.
Chiasson spoke about the pressure she feels now that she has become known for her stoppage wins.
“With that comes a lot of pressure,” Chiasson said in May (via MMA Junkie). “You get finishes in all your fights, and people start to expect you to do that, and when you don’t, it’s almost like an upset. But you train. Accordingly, you do the best you can when you get in there.”
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