Katlyn Chookagian
Blonde Fighter

USA

Gets her title shot
FlyweightUFC
November 21, 2019
Chookagian will challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Feb. 8, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The name and location of the event have yet to be determined, though Helwani did note that Houston is currently the frontrunner to host it. It's a big opportunity for Chookagian, who will get to compete in a high-profile bout on a pay-per-view card after winning five of her last six fights. On the downside, she'll face one of the best female fighters on the planet and presumably enter as a heavy betting underdog. Chookagian enters this matchup with zero career takedowns and a poor 56 percent career takedown defense, but Shevchenko should be perfectly content to keep this one standing as long as it lasts. Chookagian does have an edge in striking volume, but Shevchenko is far more accurate with much superior striking defense. Chookagian has yet to be finished in her seven-fight run with the company, as each of her fights have ended up going to the judges.
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Improves to 5-1 in last six bouts
FlyweightUFC
November 2, 2019
Chookagian defeated Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian agreed to this fight even after Maia failed to make weight Friday and lived to tell about it. She walked away with 25 percent of Maia's purse for good measure. As has been the case in virtually all of Chookagian's UFC bouts, it was a solid, if unspectacular performance. Chookagian is a good counter striker who throws a lot of volume. She has very, very little power and limited athleticism. Chookagian is now 5-1 in her past six fights dating back to April 2017, but all five wins have come via decision. While Chookagian is currently ranked No. 1 in the UFC women's flyweight division, she doesn't have the look of a high-level competitor. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Chookagian could be next in line for a shot at Valentina Shevchenko's UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. If that fight is actually made, Chookagian would be a monumental, perhaps record-setting underdog.
Latest addition to MSG card
FlyweightUFC
August 14, 2019
Chookagian will take on Jennifer Maia in a flyweight matchup at UFC 244 on Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Chookagian believes she is next in line for a shot at Valentina Shevchenko's belt, an opportunity to compete at such a historic arena appears to have been too good to pass up. She'll now take on a 2-1 fighter who most recently dominated Roxanne Modafferi at UFC San Antonio in July. Chookagian is the younger fighter by a matter of months, and she'll also enter the cage with a five-inch height and four-inch reach advantage. She sports a poor 56 percent takedown defense, but that hasn't been a major aspect of Maia's game during her time in the UFC. Over a short sample size, Chookagian holds an edge in volume striking, but has absorbed more damage as well.
Fights through leg kicks
FlyweightUFC
June 8, 2019
Chookagian defeated Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
The story of this fight was Calderwood continually landed leg kicks, while Chookagian occasionally closed the distance and scored with her hands. In the end, the judges appreciated Chookagian's work more. She earned the decision by continually coming forward and landing with her hands. She needed the win to get back on track after dropping her previous fight against Jessica Eye. Considering the lack of depth in the flyweight division, she can't be that far from a title fight.
Scheduled for bout against Calderwood
FlyweightUFC
March 11, 2019
Chookagian will face off against Joanne Calderwood at UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8, Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
It'll be a top-10 battle in women's flyweight when the bell rings between the third-ranked Chookagian and the seventh-ranked Calderwood. Chookagian will be looking to prove herself after her most recent outing, when she lost to Jessie Eye at UFC 231 in December via split decision.
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.