What’s next for Amanda Ribas following UFC Vegas 54 loss?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 54, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contender Katlyn Chookagian (18-4) was welcoming top strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (11-3) to the flyweight division.

Ribas was coming off of a win against Virna Jandiroba entering UFC Vegas 54. In that fight, she looked much improved from her previous fight and re-established her stock. However, after the fight, she decided to move up and take on the challenge of top contender Katlyn Chookagian.

To be completely honest, I thought Ribas was really going to struggle in this matchup. However, I was wrong. In the first round, Ribas was able to use her sensational judo to get a big takedown on Chookagian. With her ground control time, Ribas definitely took the first round.

Ribas would go on to land takedowns in every single round at UFC Vegas 54. She really showed that she could hang with the best of the best at 125 pounds. However, she was still not doing the best in the stand up. When they were at striking range, Ribas was getting clipped with the crisp straight shots of Chookagian.

In the final two rounds, Ribas also struggled to mount any offense from her takedowns. Combining that with losing the striking and things didn’t look well in terms of the scorecards. Unfortunately for Ribas, when the cards were read at UFC Vegas 54, two of the judges gave the fight and the win to Katlyn Chookagian.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 54?

The decision was brutal for Amanda Ribas and there were plenty of people who thought that she won the fight on Saturday night. Had she been given the decision, she would’ve vaulted to the very top of the UFC’s flyweight division and could’ve been a win away from a title shot.

However, she wasn’t given the decision and now her career’s in a bit of limbo. She’s not at the top of the strawweight division and she’s not at the top at flyweights. She’s somewhere in the middle of the top fifteen in both weight classes. So what’s next?

Well, after watching her on Saturday night, I think she’ll take another fight in the UFC’s flyweight division. She looked good from a size perspective and she looked strong. Ribas also benefited from not having to cut an extra ten pounds. Assuming she stays at 125, who can she fight?

Personally, I would like to see her against someone like Joanne Wood. Wood is currently ranked tenth and it would be a good opportunity for Ribas to get a top ten win at 125. If she could beat Wood, she would firmly establish herself in the UFC’s top ten at 125.

After edging Amanda Ribas at UFC Vegas 54, what’s next for Katlyn Chookagian?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 54, we saw a big time matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Consensus number one contender Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian (18-4) was taking on the popular strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (11-3).

Ribas was moving up in weight and she was going right in against the top contender. Heading into UFC Vegas 54, I really liked Katlyn Chookagian to pick up the win. Not because I didn’t like the skillset of Ribas, but Chookagian has proven over and over again how good she is.

Will her performances leave you begging for more? Probably not, but she’s incredibly effective and she always seems to get her hand raised outside of taking on the best of the best. However, the fight didn’t start well for her at UFC Vegas 54.

In the first round, Ribas was able to use her judo to take Chookagian down. With the amount of control she had, I felt comfortable giving the first round to Ribas. In the second round, Ribas was able to land a takedown as well. However, this round had a lot of striking.

Chookagian was able to piece up Ribas on the feet and Ribas did nothing with her takedowns. The third round saw a more even standup battle and Ribas did land a takedown. However, Chookagian still looked to land the bigger shots. In the end, by split decision, Katlyn Chookagian got the win at UFC Vegas 54.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 54?

Once again, Katlyn Chookagian was able to show why she’s the top contender in the UFC’s flyweight division. No, she didn’t run through Amanda Ribas. But, she did what she had to do and ended up winning a decision. Another win in the win column is what she wanted and it’s what she got.

This latest win makes it four in a row for Katlyn Chookagian. Blonde Fighter is 5-1 since her UFC title shot with the lone loss coming against former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade. After this latest win, Chookagian might have setup her next fight.

I think that she even recognizes that she will need one more win before getting a second crack at UFC gold. With that in mind, she called out Manon Fiorot. Fiorot is currently ranked sixth in the division and she’s unbeaten in the UFC.

After losing her professional MMA debut by split decision, Fiorot is a perfect 9-0. Inside the octagon, she’s 4-0 with two stoppages. This is an excellent callout for Chookagian and if she’s able to beat Fiorot, I don’t see how you could deny her of another shot at the title.

UFC Vegas 54 Preview: Katlyn Chookagian – Amanda Ribas

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 54, we are going to see a fun matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) will be taking on top strawweight contender Amanda Ribas (11-2).

Ribas will be moving up to 125 pounds for this fight at UFC Vegas 54. When Ribas first came onto the UFC scene, she started off very strong with five consecutive wins. Those wins included wins over the likes of Mackenzie Dern, Randa Markos, and Paige VanZant.

Then, Ribas was stopped by Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257. After taking some time off, she returned in October where she defeated Virna Jandiroba. Now, she’s moving up to 125 pounds to take on one of the best in the world.

It’s pretty clear that Katyln Chookagian is becoming a bit of a gate-keeper at 125. Blonde Fighter is definitely one of the very best in the world and her resume shows that. She’s 6-2 in her last eight UFC fights.

The only losses came against Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade. Since the Andrade loss, she’s won three in a row and she’s hoping to get another crack at the UFC flyweight title.

UFC Vegas 54 Prediction

I was really impressed with what I saw from Amanda Ribas in her last fight. She looked much better on the feet and she’s going to need to be sharp at UFC Vegas 54 if she wants to defeat Katlyn Chookagian.

One thing we know for sure about Chookagian is that she’s going to throw with a lot of volume. She’s become so successful at just outworking her opponents and winning decisions. If the fight goes to the scorecards and Chookagian is involved, she’s likely going to get the win.

Ribas is sensational on the ground, but I wonder if her ground skills would get neutralized by the size advantage of Chookagian. For the most part, I see this fight staying on the feet. Now, Ribas’ speed could play a factor in getting her the win at UFC Vegas 54.

However, I’ve seen Chookagian over and over again land just the right amount of shots to win rounds and win fights. Ultimately, I think this is a close one, but Blonde Fighter takes the decision.

Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian by Decision

Katlyn Chookagian gets new UFC contract; Faces Amanda Ribas in May

One of the best flyweights in the UFC is staying put. MMA Junkie reported yesterday that the promotion and “Blonde Fighter” Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) have come to terms on a new contract and they finalized her next upcoming fight.

Combate was the first to report a couple of weeks ago that the UFC had been working towards a matchup between Chookagian and Amanda Ribas (11-2). While that fight was agreed to in principle, there were just some t’s to cross and i’s to dot on Chookagian’s new contract.

Chookagian also hired Ali Abdelaziz to be her new representative per The Underground. Abdelaziz was instrumental in getting her new UFC contract done. Chookagian will enter this May 14th contest riding a three-fight winning streak.

Her ultimate goal is to get another crack at the champion Valentina Shevchenko. In her last eight UFC fights, Chookagian is 6-2 with the two losses coming against Shevchenko and former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.

UFC Test for Ribas

Originally, Amanda Ribas was set to face off against Michelle Waterson on the May 14th Fight Night. However, Waterson had to have surgery and ultimately had to pull out of the fight. The UFC is perhaps giving Ribas a blessing in disguise with this matchup.

While a fight with Waterson was a matchup between fan-favorites, this matchup is much better for Ribas’ spot in the division. If Ribas is able to go in there and beat Katlyn Chookagian next month, it’s massive for her career.

After entering the UFC at 6-1 professionally, Ribas won her first four fights. Two of those wins came against the likes of Mackenzie Dern and Paige VanZant. After that start, she was booked to face off against Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257.

Ribas looked great in the first round of their fight. However, she was stopped less than a minute into the second round. After taking some time to regroup, Ribas returned last October when she took on fellow Brazilian Virna Jandiroba.

It was a big time performance for Ribas and she was able to get back to her winning ways. Now, she has the biggest fight of her UFC career in terms of rankings.

What’s next for Katlyn Chookagian after UFC Vegas 46?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 46, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Former title challengers were fighting for the second time as Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) was taking on Jennifer Maia (19-8-1).

Both ladies were looking to continue a winning streak on Saturday. Maia was looking for his second straight win while Chookagian was looking to pick up her third straight. With a win, either would be a step closer to getting another crack at the UFC flyweight title.

Unfortunately for Jennifer Maia, UFC Vegas 46 mirrored the first fight between these two flyweights. The key for Chookagian was keeping the fight on the outside and using long strikes. That’s what she did on Saturday and she looked fantastic doing it.

All night long, Maia was unable to get on the inside. She did land some good shots here and there which showed on Chookagian’s face. However, Chookagian was landing much more often and was landing clean throughout the three round contest.

In the end, all three judges unanimously gave the fight to Chookagian. One of the UFC’s top flyweights picked up her third straight win as she hit the open market.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 46?

An interesting wrinkle was revealed after UFC Vegas 46 when it was announced that Chookagian fought out her contract on Saturday night. The promotion failed to extend Chookagian and once the scorecards were read on Saturday, Chookagian became a free agent.

Now, Chookagian made it clear in the post-fight press conference that she wants to remain a UFC fighter. However, that call will ultimately be left up to the promotion and match maker Mick Maynard. In reality, there is one promotion that could make a push for Chookagian.

That promotion would be Bellator. Chookagian has proven that she’s one of the very best in the world, however, it’s hard to see her becoming a champion in the UFC. Perhaps that could push her to Bellator with a lucrative offer. I could see “Blonde Fighter” becoming a champion with Bellator.

However, let’s say that she does stay with the UFC. If she does, who should she fight next? After the fight, she mentioned that she was interested in fighting Miesha Tate. However, Tate is being booked against Lauren Murphy for her flyweight debut.

Chookagian already lost by first round stoppage to Jessica Andrade so that’s not an option. If I had my pick, I would put Chookagian against Taila Santos (19-1). Santos is a very intriguing top contender and the UFC is looking at her as a future title challenger.

If Chookagian could put her away, you couldn’t deny her another title shot. However, if Santos were to win, she would earn her title shot and would present a compelling challenger to Valentina Shevchenko.

Katlyn Chookagian outpoints Jennifer Maia at UFC Vegas 46

On the main card of UFC Vegas 46, we saw an important matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contenders battled it out for a second time as former title challengers Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) and Jennifer Maia (19-7-1) went to war.

As mentioned, this was the second time that these two flyweights will square off. The first time came back at UFC 244 with Chookagian picking up the decision win. That win earned Chookagian a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko.

Of course, Chookagian lost in that opportunity. Since her loss to the champion, Chookagian has gone 3-1 with the lone loss coming against former UFC champion Jessica Andrade. That said, she was riding a two-fight win streak heading into this evening.

On the other side of the cage was Jennifer Maia. Maia was looking to pick up her second consecutive win. The last time we saw Maia was back at UFC 264 when she took on Jessica Eye. That night she was able to win a decision.

That win came on the heels of her title loss to Valentina Shevchenko. The winner of tonight’s fight looked to be in a good position in the flyweight division.

UFC Vegas 46 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 46 flyweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Chookagian immediately takes the center and looks for her jab. Nice jab from Maia and Chookagian answers with a body kick. Stiff jab lands for Chookagian then she lands a big 1-2.

Nice calf kick from Maia lands. Both exchange jabs in the center. Chookagian lands a body kick then follows it with a front body kick. Big right hand lands for Jennifer Maia. Powerful calf kick from Maia and she follows it up with a 1-2. Some swelling on the face of Chookagian here.

Nice step in jab for Chookagian but she eats another big calf kick from Maia. Good combination from Chookagian lands. Maia lands a big right hand but Chookagian grabs a body lock. With the body lock, Chookagian is able to get the takedown and she settles right in the half guard.

Chookagian looks like she’s attacking an arm-triangle here and then she transitions into side-control. Nice knee to the body lands for Chookagian. Shoulder strikes from Chookagian. Maia is able to scramble and get back to her feet just before the round ends. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Chookagian at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC Vegas 46 and Maia needs to get some momentum in this one. Maia comes out very aggressive in the second and she throws a combination. Good body kick from Maia but then she eats three straight jabs from Chookagian. Chookagian catches Maia coming in as Maia swung wild with a right hand.

Another wild right from Maia allows Chookagian to get a body lock. However, Maia defends well this time and uses the fence to keep it standing. Knee to the body from Maia and they break. Stiff jab from Chookagian. 1-2 lands for Jennifer Maia and Chookagian immediately answers with a combination.

Maia grabs a body lock of her own and pushes Chookagian against the fence. However, Chookagian immediately reverses and pushes Maia against the fence. Knee to the body from Chookagian and they break. Front kick from Chookagian and she lands a jab. Maia lands a very powerful log kick.

Big knee to the body lands for Chookagian but Maia lands a big combination to follow. Head kick just misses from Chookagian. These two just start swinging in the center. Chookagian lands a nice knee up the middle but Maia eats it and moves forward.

Maia shoots in and tries for a takedown. However, Chookagian reverses beautifully and gets Maia’s back. The round comes to an end and it was a very close round, but I have Chookagian up 2-0 at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 3

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 46 and Jennifer Maia likely needs a finish. She takes the center immediately but eats a body kick. Nice 1-2 lands for Chookagian. Maia swings a big right that just misses and Chookagian lands a nice knee to counter.

Stiff jab and then a combo behind it from Chookagian. Check left hook lands for Chookagian. Another jab from Chookagian. Nice dodge and counter from Chookagian who is looking really good here in the third round. Right hand over the top from Chookagian.

Chookagian tries pushing forward but eats a combo from Maia that backs her up. However, after a reset, Chookagian lands another nice 1-2. Right hand over the top connects from Maia. Body kick finds it’s home for Jennifer Maia. 1-2 from Chookagian snaps Maia’s head back.

Another stiff jab from Chookagian and she’s turning it on here in the third. Big jab and a body kick from Chookagian. Maia tries blitzing forward but nothing lands. Leg kick from Chookagian. Nice counter right hand lands for Maia.

Another combination lands for Chookagian and she’s beating Maia to the punch here. Lead left hand from Chookagian and she backs it up with a 1-2. The fight comes to an end and this should be a clean sweep for Chookagian at UFC Vegas 46.

Katlyn Chookagian def. Jennifer Maia by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

UFC Vegas 46 Preview: Katlyn Chookagian – Jennifer Maia 2

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 46, we will see an important matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contenders will battle it out for a second time as former title challengers Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) and Jennifer Maia (19-7-1) will battle.

As mentioned, this is the second time that these two flyweights will square off. The first time came back at UFC 244 with Chookagian picking up the decision win. That win earned Chookagian a title shot against Valentina Shevchenko.

Of course, Chookagian lost in that opportunity. Since her loss to the champion, Chookagian has gone 3-1 with the lone loss coming against former UFC champion Jessica Andrade. That said, she’s riding a two-fight win streak heading into tomorrow night.

On the other side of the cage tomorrow night is Jennifer Maia. Maia will be looking to pick up her second consecutive win. The last time we saw Maia was back at UFC 264 when she took on Jessica Eye. That night she was able to win a decision.

That win came on the heels of her title loss to Valentina Shevchenko. Whoever wins tomorrow night will be in a good position to potentially challenge the champion once again.

UFC Vegas 46 Prediction

When looking at this fight on paper, I’m not sure we are going to see a much different fight than we saw the first time. The game plan for both fighters is going to be the same at UFC Vegas 46. For Jennifer Maia, she’s going to need to get this fight to the ground.

We saw even against the champion that Jennifer Maia is good in grappling exchanges. She’s very strong and she’s incredibly slick on the ground. If she’s able to get in tight and get the fight to the mat, there’s a clear path to victory.

That said, Katlyn Chookagian is not going to be easy to get down. For Chookagian, she needs to utilize her normal game plan. That game plan involves staying on the outside and working her volume strikes on her way to a decision victory.

Ultimately, I think that’s what’s going to happen. I think the fight will take place mostly on the feet and Chookagian will score more points. I’m expecting the same result as the first fight at UFC Vegas 46.

Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian by Unanimous Decision

UFC booking potential title eliminator between Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia

The UFC has finalized a matchup for January that could prove to be a title eliminator in the women’s flyweight division. MMA.Idea was the first to report that the promotion has finalized a matchup between Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) and Jennifer Maia (19-7-1).

The matchup will take place at UFC 270 which is scheduled for January 15th. This is actually a rematch from UFC 244 in November of 2019. That night, Chookagian was able to get the best of Maia by winning a decision.

Since that defeat to Chookagian, Maia has gone 2-1 with her lone loss coming against the UFC champion, Valentina Shevchenko. Last August, Maia was presented a golden opportunity to fight Joanne Calderwood.

Calderwood was given a title shot, but due to an injury to Shevchenko, the fight was pushed back. Wanting to stay active, Calderwood asked the UFC for another fight. The promotion called Jennifer Maia and gave her the fight.

Maia was able to submit Calderwood in the first round to take away her UFC title shot. She would go on to lose to Shevchenko, but she bounced back against Jessica Eye back in July. Now, she’ll try to avenge her loss to Chookagian.

Second UFC title shot for Blonde Fighter?

Katlyn Chookagian is in a very tough spot in the flyweight division. I think most people would say that it’s clear that she’s the third best flyweight in the UFC. However, there’s a sizeable gap between her and the top two which makes her hard to push as a contender.

Since the start of 2019, Chookagian is 5-2 inside the octagon. She’s defeated Maia, Calderwood, Antonina Shevchenko, Cynthia Calvillo, and Viviane Araujo. However, sprinkled in between those wins are stoppage defeats at the hands of Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade.

Never the less, given the lack of challengers to Valentina Shevchenko’s brilliance, Chookagian is knocking on the door of another title shot. She’s won back-to-back fights since losing to Jessica Andrade on Fight Island last year.

If she’s able to defeat Jennifer Maia at UFC 270, her three consecutive wins might be enough to warrant another shot at the champion. Either way, this is a huge matchup for the landscape of 125 pounds.

After another solid win at UFC 262, what’s next for Katlyn Chookagian?

This past Saturday at UFC 262, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contender Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) was taking on the surging Brazilian Viviane Araujo (10-3).

Araujo entered UFC 262 on a two-fight win streak and had a lot of people buzzing about her. Chookagian was unphased by a lot of the Araujo hype and she was ready to go out and pick up another good win.

Chookagian fought at UFC 255 when she took on former strawweight Cynthia Calvillo. Calvillo was being built up as a potential title challenger at flyweight, but Chookagian completely shut her down in November.

Araujo started the fight out really strong at UFC 262. Her power was on display in the first round and in the second round she was able to mount Chookagian. The first half of the fight was not going according to plan for Chookagian.

However, Chookagian battled through and weathered the storm. Upon getting back to her feet late in the second round, Chookagian had an exhausted Viviane Araujo standing in front of her.

From that moment, the fight was all Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 262. After the third round, it was clear that Chookagian had made the fight extremely close. To me surprise, all three judges gave her the fight and one judge even gave her every round.

What’s next after UFC 262?

Saturday night was another night where Chookagian proved she’s one of the best flyweights in the UFC. That said, she’s in a bit of a tough spot. Since 2019, Chookagian is 5-2 in the flyweight division.

However, those two losses were to Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade. Neither fight was close and Chookagian was finished in both of those fights. She’s in a weird limbo stage because I don’t think she beats either of those two in a rematch.

With that, she’s going to have to beat up on the other contenders if she wants another shot at the UFC title. I think the winner of the Lauren Murphy – JoJo Calderwood fight is likely going to get the next title shot.

Neither one of those ladies are an option, but there is a matchup at UFC 264 that could present a fight for Chookagian. Former title challenger Jessica Eye (15-9, 1 NC) and Jennifer Maia (18-7-1) are fighting each other in July.

Chookagian has fought both before having lost to Eye and defeating Jennifer Maia. I think a rematch with either of those ladies is warranted at this stage. A rematch with whoever wins could very well be the direction the UFC chooses to go in after Saturday night.

After coming up short at UFC 262, what’s next for Viviane Araujo?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 262, we saw a pivotal matchup in the flyweight division. Consensus top contender Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) was taking on the surging Viviane Araujo (10-3).

Araujo made the walk at UFC 262 riding a two-fight win streak. In her last win, she defeated the tough Roxanne Modafferi by decision. That was a big win that got her going in the right direction.

However, fighting Katlyn Chookagian was a big step up. Chookagian is considered by everyone to be the third best flyweight in the world. In my opinion, she’s going to end up turning into the UFC‘s gate keeper of that weight class.

This fight was going to tell us a lot about where Viviane Araujo is. Well, in my opinion, she looked great for the first couple of rounds. The first round was competitive between the two flyweights, but I thought Araujo landed the bigger shots.

In the second round, Araujo got the fight to the ground and had Chookagian mounted. She was attacking submissions, but the UFC‘s second ranked flyweight contender wouldn’t go away easy and fought her way out.

After Araujo couldn’t finish the fight on the ground, she was gassed. From there, Chookagian cruised the rest of the fight. However, I personally scored the first two for Araujo. To me surprise, not a single judge gave her the fight and one judge gave all three rounds to Chookagian at UFC 262.

What’s next after UFC 262?

Despite it being a unanimous decision loss at UFC 262, I really don’t think Araujo loses a lot here. I think there are a lot of people who can watch that fight back and think it was either razor close or Araujo won.

It was not a robbery and it was a close fight. However, there’s no way that Viviane Araujo lost all three rounds of that fight. So, with that loss, what does the UFC do with Araujo next?

Well, I think there’s an opponent that’s actually lined up perfectly for her. Araujo is ranked eighth at flyweight and I think she should be paired up with tenth ranked Alexa Grasso (13-3) next.

Grasso has looked great since moving up to flyweight. She had an incredible performance at UFC 258 against Maycee Barber and I think pairing these two up would be the wise move for the promotion.