Rivalries of Pannie Kianzad

A rocky start didn’t predict the future for Pannie Kianzad. She’s now the No. 6 women’s bantamweight contender in the UFC. Quite the journey, right?

Her debut didn’t go as planned. But, adversity? She shrugged it off. The Iranian-born Swede has since become a force to reckon with.

After her loss to Julia Avila, Kianzad had a chat with Mick Maynard. She made a promise: “I will not disappoint you.” And guess what? She kept her word. Four wins in a row against tough competitors like Bethe Correia and Alexis Davis. Impressive, huh?

But it’s not all rainbows. Her training? Intense. It’s a fine line between pushing limits and burning out. And mentally, it’s a whole other battle, especially before facing Davis.

Now, she’s in a tricky spot. Two losses with a win squeezed in between. Yet, Kianzad’s eyes are on the prize. She’s gearing up to face Macy Chiasson in a much-anticipated rematch at UFC Fight Night 239. It’s personal this time. They’ve danced this dance before in “The Ultimate Fighter 28” final, where Kianzad came up short.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? First up, Eeva Siiskonen. Kianzad turned pro in 2012 and quickly made waves. Her fight against Siiskonen at Cage Warriors 74 was a showcase of her dominance. She walked away as the female bantamweight champ. Talk about making a statement.

But life’s a rollercoaster. Between 2015 and 2018, Kianzad faced tough times. Three losses and trouble making weight. Yet, she bounced back. Her fight against Bianca Daimoni at Invicta 29? A polished performance that had fans talking.

Jessica-Rose Clark was next. Their rematch at UFC Fight Night 163 was a striking clinic from Kianzad. Her precision and control earned her a unanimous decision. This victory was a stepping stone to a four-fight winning streak. Not too shabby.

Raquel Pennington was a different story. Their clash was a war. Kianzad showed heart, but Pennington’s experience shone through. Despite the loss, it was clear Kianzad could hang with the best.

So, what’s next for Kianzad? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: she’s not backing down. The rematch with Chiasson? It’s more than a fight. It’s a chance for redemption. Let’s see what “Banzai” brings to the octagon this Saturday.

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