Katlyn Chookagian

Blonde Fighter

USA

Decisions Jennifer Maia again
FlyweightUFC
January 15, 2022
Chookagian defeated Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
If you've seen one Chookagian fight, you've seen them all. In what was a rematch November 2019 fight in which Katlyn also won via unanimous decision, Chookagian again used her size and length advantage -- combined with some dreadful striking from Maia -- to secure the win. Chookagian did mix in a takedown in Round 1 and was credited with 3:34 worth of control time over the course of the 15-minute bout, but it was predominantly more of the same from the 33-year-old. Katlyn continues to get big fights because she competes in what is by far the thinnest division in the sport today, In truth, Chookagian has no history of defeating better competition and has almost certainly reached her ceiling despite the fact she has won three in a row and six of her past eight. It will be interesting to see whether the UFC makes her another contract offer given the lack of stopping power, as according to MMAFighting.com, this was the last fight on her current deal. Should she not be extended an offer, surely other companies like Bellator would come calling, and she'd have a legitimate chance to become champion in the flyweight division there.
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Facing Jennifer Maia again
FlyweightUFC
October 19, 2021
Chookagian is scheduled to face Jennifer Maia in a flyweight fight at the UFC's Jan. 15 event, Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian has already defeated Maia once, beating her by unanimous decision back in November of 2019. Since then, Chookagian has won three out of five fights, both of her last two, while Maia has been victorious in two out of three trips to the Octagon.
Barely gets by Viviane Araujo
FlyweightUFC
May 15, 2021
Chookagian defeated Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
It's another victory for Chookagian in a fight in which she didn't accomplish a whole heck of a lot. To Katlyn's credit, on the strength of her strong conditioning, she was able to rebound following a slow start. There's still a case to be made that she deserved to drop a 29-28 decision, but that's a whole other story. Chookagian is tall (5-foot-9) for the division, with strong cardio and compact boxing. She has zero power or secondary offensive skills. She's won far more often than she's lost (9-4 in the UFC) despite those previously mentioned deficiencies, but there's only one fighter in this division who matters (champion Valentina Shevchenko), and we saw what happened when she and Katlyn got together. There's no easy path for Chookagian moving forward because the entire world knows she'll never be able to give Valentina a challenge in a million years.
Slated to fight Araujo
FlyweightUFC
February 17, 2021
Chookagian is slated to fight Viviane Araujo in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 15, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian defeated Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision at UFC 255 in November. It was a fairly easy victory for Chookagian, but she'll take part in a matchup against another top fighter in the division in May. Araujo defeated Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Island 8 in January and has now won three of her first four fights under the UFC banner. The two fighters are even in reach, but Chookagian has a height advantage.
Pulls upset over Cynthia Calvillo
FlyweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Chookagian defeated Cynthia Calvillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an easy victory for Chookagian and one that leaves the division in an even more difficult place than they were entering the evening. Katlyn is a one-dimensional striker with zero power but the smaller Calvillo was content with turning this into a kickboxing match and Chookagian used her size to take full advantage. She threw plenty of kicks to keep Calvillo off balance and on the outside. The fact Chookagian remains in the title picture at 125 pounds says more about the division than anything Katlyn has done inside the octagon. She's defeated lesser fighters but has been destroyed by the two best fighters the division has to offer in Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade. The UFC would never be able to justify booking Chookagian against either of those women any time soon and that means Katlyn will have to keep racking up the victories in order to stay relevant at flyweight.
Expected to face Cynthia Calvillo
FlyweightUFC
November 2, 2020
Chookagian is expected to face Cynthia Calvillo in a flyweight matchup at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup isn't quite finalized, but the pair appear set to meet in Las Vegas in a few weeks. Chookagian will be looking to bounce back from a first-round knockout loss against Jessica Andrade in October, her second loss in three fights this year. Calvillo is undefeated in her last four fights, losing just once in 10 matches as a professional. Chookagian has major height and reach advantages which should help her on the feet, but she's historically struggled against grapplers like Calvillo. In Chookagian's four losses with the UFC, she's been taken down a combined nine times, and also sports a worrisome 48 percent takedown defense overall. Calvillo averages 1.97 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time, and lands with a 46 percent accuracy.