Long-time commentator and popular podcaster Joe Rogan could not believe what he saw from Irene Aldana in her win against Macy Chiasson at UFC 279.
The top-ranked bantamweight contenders squared off in an exciting catchweight bout on the main card of UFC 279 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Aldana started the fight well, hurting her opponent on the feet before almost finishing the fight on the floor. The Mexican locked up a very tight armbar submission that had the commentary team speculating about a broken limb and apparent tap.
However, the fight continued into round two and Chiasson bounced back with a huge five minutes, which she dominated with her wrestling and ground strikes.
The American continued to look impressive in round three from the top position before Aldana pushed her off and landed an upkick that ended the fight.
Chiasson dropped to the floor and the fight was waved off but it took a few moments before the commentators and everyone else in the arena figured out what happened.
The slow-motion replay showed that Aldana landed a picture-prefect upkick to her opponent’s liver, which completely shut her off and left her in a heap on the mat.
After more than two decades of working UFC events, Rogan couldn’t believe what he had seen from Aldana and suggested her finish could change the face of MMA.
“The audience doesn’t seem to know what’s going on,” he said.
“Oh, my goodness. I’ve never seen that before. Look at that heel to the liver, perfectly placed. That just opened up a whole new angle to the game.
“I’ve never seen anyone get stopped from a heel kick to the liver from the ground.”
Her efforts also landed her a $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, with Nate Diaz, Johnny Walker and Jailton Almeida getting the others.
Aldana has now won two fights in a row and is a genuine title contender at 135lbs. The 34-year-old holds several high-profile wins over the likes of Bethe Correia, Ketlen Vieira, and Yana Kunitskaya.