This Friday’s TUF 28 Finale event features the final round in the women’s featherweight tournament when Pannie Kianzad takes on either Leah Letson or Macy Chiasson.
Kianzad (10-3-0) fought the first five fights of her professional career as a featherweight, putting in some of the most impressive performances of her career and remaining undefeated at 5-0-0. At bantamweight she has enjoyed success with victories over the likes of Jessica-Rose Clark, Bianca Daimoni and Kerry Hughes. The 26-year-old believes featherweight is where she is truly capable of fighting to her full potential and has certainly been proving it with her run on TUF 28, taking out Katharina Lehner and Julija Stoliorenko to win herself a place in the finale.
Letson (4-1-0) made a statement in her featherweight debut back in 2017, knocking out Elizabeth Phillips in the very first round of their Invicta FC 21 encounter. The 26-year-old has finished 75% of her professional career wins, with her one loss coming by way of a questionable split decision in her pro debut back in 2014. She’s been just as impressive on TUF 28, taking out Bea Malecki to advance to the semi-finals.
Chiasson (2-0-0) is an example of a fighter who has fought exclusively at featherweight or above throughout both her amateur and professional careers. The undefeated 27-year-old picked up the first-round submission win over Miranda Dearing in her professional debut in October 2017, she was subsequently signed by Invicta FC and picked up the unanimous decision win over Allison Schmidt in her promotional debut last May. She impressed many in her opening TUF 28 showing, picking up the first-round submission win over a highly experienced veteran in Larisssa Pacheco.
The semi-final bout between Leah Letson and Macy Chiasson has already been filmed but won’t be aired until this Wednesday’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter at 10pm EST. The victor will take on Pannie Kianzad in Friday’s live finale to determine the UFC’s next featherweight contender.
The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale takes place this Friday November 30 from The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card featuring Kianzad vs. Letson OR Chiasson will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 from 10pm EST.