UFC books Katlyn Chookagian – Viviane Araujo

The UFC has finalized a big matchup in the women’s flyweight division. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report that the promotion has finalized a matchup between former title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian (15-4), and Viviane Araujo (10-2).

The matchup will take place on May 15th. Araujo has shown a ton of promise in her young UFC career. She made her debut with the promotion back in 2019. After her first win by knockout, the promotion gave her former title challenger, Alexis Davis, in her second bout.

Again, Araujo impressed picking up a unanimous decision over Davis. Araujo made a jump up in competition for her next fight taking on Jessica Eye. That night, Araujo lost just her second career fight.

However, she’s bounced back from that loss strong in the last few months. In September she made her only UFC appearance of 2020 and won by decision. Then, she took on the tough Roxanne Modafferi in January and won by unanimous decision.

Going 4-1 in her UFC career against some stiff competition has seen Araujo rise through the rankings. When she makes the walk against Chookagian, she will do it as the seventh ranked flyweight in the UFC.

UFC title eliminator?

The UFC’s flyweight division has been very fluid in terms of contenders over the past couple of years. However, one staple near the top has been Katlyn Chookagian. Chookagian is currently the second ranked flyweight in the promotion.

In her last 11 fights inside the octagon, Chookagian is 7-4. However, one of those losses was to the champion and the other three were to top competition. Her last loss came against former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade.

Andrade is next in line to fight for the title, but Chookagian isn’t far away. Back at UFC 255, Chookagian took on Cythia Calvillo. Calvillo looked like she could be a challenger for the title, however, Chookagian was having none of it.

Over the course of three rounds, Chookagian controlled the fight and won by decision. If she’s able to defeat Araujo in May, she could very well be in line for a rematch and another shot at the UFC flyweight title. Should be a fun one in a few months.

After her big win at UFC 258, what’s next for Alexa Grasso?

This past Saturday at UFC 258, the women’s flyweight division was on display in the co-main event. One of the promotion’s top prospects, Maycee Barber (8-2), was making her return against Alexa Grasso (13-3).

Barber has claimed for the last couple of years that she was going to be the youngest champion in UFC history. Those plans were derailed by a knee injury and a loss last year, but she insisted that she was going to make a statement at UFC 258.

Alexa Grasso was making her second appearance in the flyweight division. After spending years depleting herself to make 115, Grasso moved up to 125. The decision to move up to the flyweight division was the best possible decision Grasso could have made.

When the fight started on Saturday, Barber seemed anxious while Grasso seemed calm and composed. Through the first two rounds, anytime Barber would come forward, Grasso would sting her with beautiful combinations.

What really impressed me was the fact that Barber couldn’t even get the advantage in the grappling. Grasso controlled most of the grappling exchanges at UFC 258 which I think nobody anticipated going into the fight.

In the third round, Barber went all out trying to get a finish. You have to give her credit for that, and Grasso withstood the storm from Barber. While Barber took the final round, Grasso walked away with her hand raised on Saturday night.

What’s next after UFC 258?

The UFC’s flyweight division has a very exciting new contender in Alexa Grasso. I’m very interested to see how the promotion moves her forward after her big win on Saturday night. With that, they have a couple of different paths.

The first path is giving her a slight step up in the rankings in terms of opponents. With that, you’d have someone like Viviane Araujo (10-2) who is currently ranked seventh. I think that would be a fantastic matchup and a lot of fun for the fans.

However, if they want to move her up quicker than that, perhaps a matchup against Lauren Murphy (14-4) or Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) could be next. If that’s what Grasso got next, she could just be one win away from a UFC title shot.

Again, it’ll be very interesting to see how the promotion goes with her. Either way, it’s exciting times in the flyweight division.

What’s next for JoJo Calderwood after UFC 257?

This past Saturday at UFC 257, Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood (15-5) took on Jessica Eye (15-9, 1 NC) on the PPV main card. Both of these flyweight contenders had a lot on the line on Saturday night.

Whoever won this fight was going to be in a position where they could get a top five opponent next. However, a loss would put them way back in the UFC flyweight division. Calderwood had a lot to prove on Saturday night.

Originally, JoJo Calderwood was supposed to get a UFC title shot back in June of last year. However, Valentina Shevchenko injured her knee and the fight was scrapped. The promotion offered to allow Calderwood to wait for the title shot.

However, Calderwood wanted to stay active. She said that she didn’t want a lengthy layoff leading into her first UFC title shot. With that in mind, she took a fight against Jennifer Maia. She was submitted in the first round and as a result, lost her UFC title shot.

At UFC 257, she had the chance to get back on track and that’s what she did. Over the course of three rounds, Calderwood used her effective kicks and knees to keep Eye at range. She mixed up her shots well and was able to walk away with a unanimous decision victory.

What’s next after UFC 257?

As mentioned, Calderwood was supposed to get a title shot last year. With this win at UFC 257, I think she’s right back near that conversation. However, she’s going to need one more win to get that shot at the title.

In looking at the rankings, I believe there are a couple of matchups that make a lot of sense for Calderwood. For Calderwood’s next fight, I would pair her up against either Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) or Lauren Murphy (14-4).

Both of those contenders are near a title shot, however, we already know that Jessica Andrade is getting the next crack at the UFC title. Chookagian and Murphy should honestly fight, however, Murphy doesn’t seem interested in that matchup.

I think the promotion should put Calderwood against one of those two contenders with a title shot on the line. Again, Calderwood was supposed to get the shot before Shevchenko was hurt. She still deserves to be in the conversation.

If the UFC pairs up Calderwood with one of those two, the winner would be in a great position to challenge the winner of Shevchenko – Andrade. It’ll be interesting to see how this situation at flyweight plays out.

UFC: State of the women’s flyweight division entering 2021

Arguably the most dominant champion in any UFC division is Valentina Shevchenko (20-3). Shevchenko is the queen of the flyweight division and she has shown that she’s head and shoulders above the competition at 125 pounds.

She has been so dominant that people lose their minds when she loses a round as she did at UFC 255. Shevchenko just defended her title last month against a very game, Jennifer Maia (18-7-1).

Nobody in the world believed that Maia could hang with Shevchenko. However, Maia was able to win a round and make it competitive. Well, as competitive as a fight can be when one person loses four of the five rounds.

Simply put, Valentina Shevchenko is at a different level. The UFC flyweight champion has only lost twice inside the octagon. Both of those losses came to two-division champion, Amanda Nunes.

However, many believe that Shevchenko won the second matchup which Nunes took by split decision. Nevertheless, when the flyweight division was created, the UFC created it with Valentina Shevchenko in mind.

UFC Flyweight in 2021

As we head into the new year, we already know what is going to be first for Valentina Shevchenko. The first challenger will be former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-8).

Andrade is now competing in her third weight class in the UFC. She started at bantamweight when it was the only division. However, she was much smaller than all of her competition.

When the strawweight division was created, she dropped twenty pounds to compete there. She captured UFC gold, but it still didn’t appear to be her natural weight class. Finally at 125, she seems to have found the perfect fit.

In her debut, she finished former title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian (15-4), in the first round. A matchup between Shevchenko and Andrade should be a lot of fun for fight fans. No word on when this matchup will take place.

Outside of the title fight, there is another compelling matchup in the division that should be made. That would be the rematch between Chookagian and top contender, Lauren Murphy (14-4).

The two fought back in 2016 with Chookagian picking up the win. However, Murphy has now won four in a row which has placed her third in the rankings. A matchup between the two could be a title eliminator.

One storyline to watch out for in the UFC‘s flyweight division in 2021 is a potential champion versus champion super fight. Weili Zhang (21-1) is the UFC’s strawweight champion and widely considered one of the best in the world.

If she’s able to defend her title once or twice successfully in 2021, I wouldn’t rule out her moving up to challenge Shevchenko. Dana White has already said that he likes the idea. The flyweight division is definitely one to watch in 2021.

UFC Matchmaker: Lauren Murphy – Katlyn Chookagian 2

Lauren Murphy, UFC

This past weekend at UFC 255, Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) was able to get back on the winning side of things. She was very impressive in her unanimous decision victory over top contender, Cynthia Calvillo (9-2-1).

Chookagian had just fought about a month ago on Fight Island. She was stopped in the first round by former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade. Despite being stopped, Chookagian still entered UFC 255 as the second ranked contender at flyweight.

She did a fantastic job of keeping the fight at standing and at range on Saturday night. Calvillo couldn’t get anything going and Chookagian did a fantastic job of picking her apart from the outside.

The result was a dominant 30-27 victory for the former title challenger. After the fight was over, Chookagian made it clear that she believes anyone who wants a title shot must go through her first to get it. She also called a potential opponent easy money.

“Obviously, anyone that wants to fight Valentina probably has to fight me first. I’ve already beaten Lauren Murphy, but I’ll do it again. It’s an easy paycheck, so whatever,” Chookagian told the media at the post-fight press conference.

Will the UFC book the rematch?

In all honesty, this is the fight that makes the most sense for the UFC. I believe the best fight they can make right now is Chookagian against Lauren Murphy (14-4). Murphy has won four in a row on her way to being ranked fifth in the flyweight division.

The two previously fought back in 2016 and Chookagian won the fight by unanimous decision. Obviously, both of the fighters have improved since their first fight over four years ago.

Murphy was really pushing for a title shot after her last fight, but that was always a long shot. While she had wins over ranked contenders, nobody was near the very top of the division. A win over Chookagian would solidify her status as a top contender.

Chookagian is trying to get another shot at UFC gold. To do that, she’s going to need to string together another win or two. That could start with a victory over Murphy which would give her two straight victories over top five contenders.

Katlyn Chookagian outpoints Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 255

The second fight on the UFC 255 main card was a showdown between two top five flyweights. Former title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4), was looking to bounce back against rising contender, Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1).

Calvillo was making her second appearance in the UFC‘s flyweight division. After struggling with weight cuts in her strawweight days, Calvillo was forced to move up to flyweight. She defeated the previously top ranked Jessica Eye in her flyweight debut.

Chookagian was looking to bounce back after getting stopped in the first round in her last fight. Katlyn Chookagian lost to former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade in her last outing. She was looking to get right back into the title picture with a win tonight.

UFC 255: Chookagian – Calvillo Recap

Round 1

As the first round got underway in this UFC flyweight contest, Calvillo opened with a low kick. Chookagian tried to land some shots from range, but Calvillo landed a couple of good counter shots. Calvillo landed a nice left hook and transitioned to a takedown.

However, Chookagian was able to get right back up. Chookagian was stalking Calvillo and throwing some nice crisp jabs. Calvillo started to get tagged with a couple of crisp jabs which forced a shot out of Calvillo. However, Chookagian used a beautiful sprawl to keep the fight standing.

Chookagian was throwing with a force in the first round. Calvillo pushed forward with a minute left and landed a very solid left hook. However, Chookagian countered with a nice left of her own. The UFC‘s second ranked flyweight, Chookagian, looked great in the first round.

Round 2

As the second round opened up, Chookagian continued to stalk Calvillo. Calvillo landed two really good side kicks to the body in the opening minute of the round. However, she was really struggling to get inside on Katlyn Chookagian.

The former UFC title challenger was enjoying a lot of success from the outside. Every time Calvillo started to press forward, Chookagian would pop her with a couple of shots. Calvillo appeared to look incredibly frustrated in the second round.

However, Calvillo landed two massive left hooks with about two minutes left in the round. But neither shot seemed to do a ton of damage to Chookagian. After those two shots, Chookagian went right back to popping Calvillo. Good moments for Calvillo but another round for Chookagian.

Round 3

As the final round of this UFC 255 flyweight contest got underway, Calvillo tried to push forward. However, Chookagian continued to tag her from the outside. Calvillo started to throw more kicks since she couldn’t get on the inside.

Chookagian just looked a step ahead of Cynthia Calvillo. Calvillo tried a couple of blitzes in the first couple of minutes, but nothing landed. Instead, Chookagian continued to pop her with straight shots. Chookagian landed a crisp counter left hook halfway through the round.

I will say that this was the best round striking for Calvillo. She was being much more active with her kicks, but she was still getting outstruck overall. As the fight entered the final minute, Chookagian continued to land from the outside.

Calvillo tried for a takedown late, but she wasn’t able to get it. She landed a really good 1-2, but Chookagian was able to counter her with a few nice shots. Great performance at UFC 255 for Katlyn Chookagian.

Katlyn Chookagian defeats Cynthia Calvillo by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC 255 Preview: Katlyn Chookagian – Cynthia Calvillo

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 255, there is a flyweight matchup which is pivotal for the division. Two of the top four ranked contenders in the division go head to head as Katlyn Chookagian (14-4) takes on Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1).

Calvillo made her UFC flyweight debut back in the summer. She originally competed the in strawweight division, however, she struggled with making the weight. After missing weight a couple of times, Calvillo was forced to move up to flyweight.

In her divisional debut, she was tasked with taking on former title challenger, Jessica Eye. Eye was the UFC‘s top flyweight contender at the time so Calvillo jumped right in to the deep end in her debut at 125.

Calvillo and Eye headlined the card and Calvillo was able to grind out a decision over five rounds. She used her superior grappling and strength to take the decision from the former title challenger. A win tomorrow night could make Calvillo one of the next in line for the title.

Katlyn Chookagian is standing in her way. Chookagian was the top ranked contender in the flyweight division a month ago. That is until she ran into former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade.

Andrade was also moving up from 115 pounds and stopped Chookagian in the first round. Chookagian is still ranked second in the division, however, if she loses tomorrow night, she would just be 1-3 in her last four fights.

UFC 255 Prediction

When it comes to UFC 255, I think a lot of it is going to come down to how the fight takes place. I think if Chookagian wants to get back on track, she’s got to do it with her distance striking. Chookagian is very long for the flyweight division.

If she can keep the fight standing, I think she has a good chance to outpoint Calvillo. However, keeping the fight standing is easier said that done. Jessica Andrade was able to slam Chookagian down to the ground a couple of times within a round last month.

Calvillo might not be as strong as Andrade, but she has tremendous wrestling skills. She has to get the fight to the mat and use her top control to win this one. I think Chookagian will have success on the feet, but I think Calvillo’s wrestling gives her the edge tomorrow night.

Prediction: Cynthia Calvillo by Unanimous Decision

Is UFC 255 a do or die for Katlyn Chookagian?

This weekend at UFC 255, one of the top contenders in the flyweight division will get her chance to bounce back. Katlyn Chookagian (14-4) will be taking on Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) on the main card of UFC 255.

Chookagian suffered a crushing loss in her last fight. Going into her last fight against Jessica Andrade, Chookagian was the top ranked contender in the UFC‘s flyweight division.

She had a massive size advantage against the much smaller Andrade. However, it was apparent from the opening bell that she didn’t have the strength advantage. Despite being smaller in stature, the former UFC strawweight champion was much stronger.

Andrade slammed Chookagian to the ground a couple of times in the first round. Towards the end of the round, Chookagian was blasted with hooks to the body which crumbled her and gave the TKO victory to the former UFC champion.

It was a big setback for Chookagian who was hoping to assert herself as the next in line for Valentina Shevchenko. Chookagian holds a victory over the woman who’s going to be fighting for the title Saturday night, Jennifer Maia.

UFC 255 Flyweight Matchup

For the second time in a row, Chookagian will be taking on a former strawweight. Cynthia Calvillo will be making her second appearance in the flyweight division after making her debut in a main event back in June against Jessica Eye.

Eye was the top ranked flyweight in the UFC when Calvillo took her on. Calvillo used her superior wrestling skills to take a decision that night. What we’ve seen so far is that the strawweights are having success moving up in weight.

However, Chookagian is looking to pause the momentum of the former strawweights. In this fight with Calvillo, Chookagian is going to have to keep it standing if she wants to win. She can’t let Calvillo take her down.

If she doesn’t show good takedown defense on Saturday night, it’s not going to be a good night. We don’t know how much longer Chookagian has in her UFC career. She’s openly talked about walking away to start a family.

If she can’t win on Saturday night, she would be just 1-3 in her last four contests with two of those losses coming to former strawweights. Reality is that Saturday could be a do or die situation for the former title challenger.

UFC Booking Cynthia Calvillo – Katlyn Chookagian

The UFC is currently finalizing a big time flyweight contest for their November PPV. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the promotion is finalizing a flyweight contest between Cynthia Calvillo (9-1-1) and Katlyn Chookagian (14-4).

The fight will take place on November 21st at UFC 255. The co-headliner that night is the women’s flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Jennifer Maia. This is a big matchup for both ladies who have their eyes on climbing the ranks.

We just saw Chookagian a few weeks ago when she took on Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Island 6. Chookagian was looking for his second consecutive win as she was hoping to get another shot at UFC champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

However, she ran into a buzzsaw in Andrade. Despite looking like the much bigger fighter, Chookagian was bullied in the matchup. Late in the first round, Andrade landed a vicious hook to the body and a follow up that closed the show.

It was a devastating loss for Chookagian. Now, she will look to get back into the win column with a victory over Calvillo. With Calvillo being ranked fourth in the division, a win would put Chookagian right back into the title picture.

UFC 255 Flyweight Clash

Cynthia Calvillo will be making her second appearance in the UFC‘s flyweight division. She made her debut back in June when she headlined a card against former top contender, Jessica Eye. That night, Calvillo used her wrestling to get the victory.

At the time, Eye was the top ranked flyweight contender in the UFC. It was a big statement for Calvillo to pick up the victory that night. If she’s able to defeat Chookagian it would give her two wins over two top contenders in the flyweight division.

Whoever comes out on top at UFC 255 has to be in the title picture. Calvillo to me has more to gain from this matchup since she’s already coming off of a win. Chookagian has the most to lose however, given that if she loses to Calvillo she would be on a two fight losing streak looking at a steep climb back up the division.

Did Jessica Andrade earn a title shot at UFC Fight Island 6?

This past weekend at UFC Fight Island 6, former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-8), moved up to flyweight for the first time. Andrade had competed at bantamweight and became the champion at strawweight during her UFC career.

Despite the success at strawweight, many people believed that flyweight was the best natural weight class for the former champion. She jumped right into the deep end of the pool taking on top ranked contender, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4).

Chookagian was coming off a dominant win and was just one fight removed from a UFC title shot. Many believed that the winner could be in good position to cash in on a UFC title shot. Well, Andrade made a massive statement on Saturday.

Andrade showed off her superior strength despite being the much smaller fighter. She threw Chookagian to the ground twice. Andrade then landed some vicious hooks to the body that crumbled Chookagian giving Andrade the first round TKO victory.

UFC title shot next?

Andrade was the second UFC strawweight to move up this year to take on the top contender at flyweight. Cynthia Calvillo did the same thing against Jessica Eye. That night, Calvillo also defeated the previously top ranked contender.

However, that fight was a grinding decision with a lot of wrestling. Andrade made a massive statement with the way that she was able to win on Saturday night. She completed dominated and finished the former title challenger.

Given the way that she won and her status as a former UFC champion, I think Andrade is definitely next in line to face the winner of the UFC 255 title match. In the most likely scenario that Valentina Shevchenko retains her title, I would be very excited to see the matchup between Shevchenko and Andrade.

Shevchenko would still be a sizable favorite in that potential UFC matchup. Many people believe that she might be the best female fighter in the world. I personally thought she beat Amanda Nunes the last time they fought. A Shevchenko – Andrade title fight would be very exciting for the division.