Katlyn Chookagian
Comes up with short end of split decision
FlyweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Chookagian lost to Jessica Eye via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian entered the weekend as the alternate for Saturday's UFC Women's Flyweight Championship fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk and ends it by losing to a fringe talent such as Eye. Perhaps she deserved a better fate, but the fight was close enough that it's difficult to complain about the result. Chookagian didn't do a whole heck of a lot against an opponent who pushes forward and boxes while doing little else. The UFC's 125-pound female division is painfully thin and Chookagian is caught in that mix.
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Tabbed as title fight backup
FlyweightUFC
December 6, 2018
Chookagian will serve as an alternate for Saturday's UFC Women's Flyweight Title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This is a trend that the UFC has been implementing of late as a potential strategy to save pay-per-view cards from falling apart due to late complications. Chookagian is currently scheduled to fight Jessica Eye on the event's undercard, but after winning three fights in a row (and four of her last five), the 29-year-old has quietly worked her way into the title conversation. Should Saturday's co-main event stay in tact, Chookagian would presumably be next up for a title shot, provided she still takes care of business against Eye (she's currently a -185 favorite). Anyone rostering Chookagian or Eye would be wise to confirm everything checks out with the scheduled co-main event, just in case any card reshuffling occurs.
Set to face Jessica Eye in Toronto
FlyweightUFC
October 12, 2018
Chookagian will take on Jessica Eye at UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian, who owns a 11-1 record as a professional, is coming off three straight victories, most recently defeating Alexis Davis by unanimous decision in July. Her opponent, Eye, has won two straight fights, both by decision, but had lost four straight matches prior to 2018 and has just a 13-6 record overall as a professional.
Decisions Alexis Davis in enemy territory Saturday
FlyweightUFC
July 28, 2018
Chookagian defeated Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday in Calgary.
ANALYSIS
There is nothing in Chookagian's game that leads you to believe she is a high-level fighter, but she somehow manages to continue to rack up the victories. Now 4-1 in her first five UFC bouts, the New Jersey native does a terrific job of using her 5-foot-9 frame to create separation from her opposition. Chookagian isn't overly athletic but she tends to keep things simple while fighting and rarely makes mistakes. This was a solid, all-around effort.
Fighting Alexis Davis in Calgary
FlyweightUFC
April 27, 2018
Chookagian is set to fight Alexis Davis in a flyweight bout at UFC Calgary on July 28.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian just joined the UFC in 2016, but the 29-year-old already boasts a 3-1 record after her victory over Mara Romero Borella via unanimous decision back in January. She boasts a 10-1 record overall in her fighting career, but Chookagian will have her hands full in July with a veteran like Davis, who will enter the bout in Calgary on a two-fight winning streak.
Outworks Mara Borella en route to decision win Saturday
FlyweightUFC
January 27, 2018
Chookagian defeated Mara Romero Borella via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte.
ANALYSIS
In what developed into a 15-minute kickboxing match, Chookagian won because she was the more active fighter. She landed a dreadful 27 percent (71/257) of her total strikes but the fact she attempted 43 more strikes than Borella was enough to sway the judge's. Chookagian was 2-1 at bantamweight, but she is now fighting at her natural weight of 125 pounds. The 29-year-old has proven to be an underrated, valuable member of the UFC roster.