The Three WMMA Bouts Lined Up For UFC 279
The hottest news from the UFC right now is the confirmation that, yes, Nate Diaz will indeed take on Khamzat Chimaev for his swansong bout in September. Scheduled to take place on September 10th in Las Vegas, UFC 279 has all the makings of being one of the best events of the year. Betting markets are already open – with Diaz as the heavy underdog – and online bookmakers have plenty of UFC free bet offers to take advantage of.
While the main event is shaping up to be unmissable, especially since the bout will be the first time the Stockton legend has stepped foot in the Octagon since June 2021, there’s a whole lot more to get excited about in the form of three WMMA fights that have been penciled in for the undercard.
Let’s take a look at the potential line-up.
Bantamweight – Irene Aldana (13-6) vs Macy Chiasson (8-2)
In what’s likely to be a key fight in the women’s bantamweight division, World No. 5 Irene Aldana will take on No. 11 Macy Chiasson. Aldana, a deadly striker, has had an excellent showing in the division so far, with wins against the likes of Bethe Correia and Ketlen Vieira. During her most recent fight, she rebounded from that loss to Holly Holm by TKOing Russia’s Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 264.
Chiasson, meanwhile, makes a return to the bantamweight division after edging out a split decision win at featherweight against Norma Dumont at UFC 274.
Featherweight – Norma Dumont (7-2) vs Danyelle Wolf (1-0)
Speaking of Norma Dumont, the Brazilian will no doubt be hoping to recoup her loss to Chiasson back in May with a win over Danyelle Wolf in Vegas.
Wolf, a three-time USA Boxing Welterweight champion, made her pro-MMA debut back in September 2020 against Taneisha Tennant during week 7 of Dana White’s Contender Series. However, she hasn’t been seen in the octagon since; nevertheless, this pairing makes for a potentially explosive bout.
Strawweight – Melissa Martinez (7-0) vs Elise Reed (5-2)
The third women’s contest on the card will introduce the world to an exciting new prospect in the form of the undefeated Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez. The former Combate Global strawweight champion is a highly decorated kickboxer and makes her debut under the UFC banner with an impressive 7-0 pro MMA career.
Elise Reed, meanwhile, will aim to put her loss against Sam Hughes at UFC Fight Night Holm vs Vieira to bed by stopping Martinez in her tracks. With both fighters likely to stand and trade blows, this fight is definitely one to pay attention to.