Katlyn Chookagian
Blonde Fighter

USA

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.
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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.
Gets stopped cold in first round
FlyweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Chookagian lost to Jessica Andrade via TKO (punches to the body) at 4:55 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian was seemingly getting her timing down after a shaky start to Round 1, using her height and length to fire jabs and knees up the middle. A clinch situation at the end of the frame became her undoing, however, as she was visibly hurt by a shot to the body after the two seperated. Chookagian clearly has skills as a kickboxer and a BJJ brown belt but simply had trouble handling the pressure of the relentless Andrade. If she can string two wins together, she may get back to the top in short order, as this division lacks many true contenders for the strap. She falls to 14-4 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Will welcome Andrade to flyweight
FlyweightUFC
September 1, 2020
Chookagian will take on Jessica Andrade in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 17, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Chookagian will tower over Andrade when the two step in the cage, as she's eight inches taller with a six-inch reach advantage. That's not to discount Andrade, however, as "Bate Estaca" throws with tremendous striking volume, and also averages more than a takedown per round in the UFC. Chookagian, on the other hand, sports just a 50 percent takedown defense. Chookagian won't be getting a title shot again any time soon after getting stopped via strikes against Valentina Shevchenko in February, but she's been successful against the rest of the division, and this is a fight against a well-respected opponent that could certainly keep her name relevant.