UFC Matchmaker: Lauren Murphy – Katlyn Chookagian 2

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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.

What’s next for Katlyn Chookagian after UFC Fight Island 6?

This past Saturday at UFC Fight Island 6, the co-main event of the evening featured a fight between two top flyweight contenders. Former title challenger, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4), was welcoming the former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-8) to flyweight.

Despite having fought at bantamweight during her UFC career, Andrade was at a big size disadvantage. However, Chookagian wasn’t able to really use that size advantage to her advantage in this fight.

Andrade was able to take Chookagian down a couple of times including one big slam during the first round. In addition to the takedowns, Andrade was able to land some big leg kicks that buckled the former title challenger. Andrade looked great in the first round.

Chookagian was caught with a massive hook to the body that sent her spinning to the other side of the cage. Andrade followed up with more vicious hooks to the body that finished the fight. A crushing defeat for Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 6?

For Chookagian, it will be back to the UFC drawing board. She was coming off of a dominant victory over Antonina Shevchenko in her last fight, and a victory over the former UFC strawweight champion would’ve given her a good case for a rematch with Valentina Shevchenko.

However, Chookagian was dominated by Andrade. Chookagian has been flirting with retirement due to her desire to start a family. However, she said that she still has a goal and dream to become a UFC champion.

Chookagian has stated that once she leaves the sport to start a family, she will not be coming back. That said, Chookagian is going to need a big win in her next fight to try to get back into UFC title contention.

Perhaps a fight with Cynthia Calvillo or a fight with Lauren Murphy could be next for Chookagian. Those two were supposed to fight at UFC 254, however, Calvillo fell out of the fight. If Murphy wins, perhaps the UFC looks to book her against Chookagian or they book Calvillo with Chookagian.

Jessica Andrade stops Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6

Tonight, the UFC Fight Island 6 has delivered some solid action. The co-main event of the evening featured a big time contest in the flyweight division. Former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (21-8) was making her flyweight debut.

She was doing that against the number one ranked contender in the division, Katlyn Chookagian (14-4). Chookagian was coming off of a dominant victory in her last fight against Antonina Shevchenko. While retirement rumors have been swirling, Chookagian was focused on tonight.

As the fight started, the former UFC champion really looked to close the distance. However, Chookagian did well in the opening seconds landing a few shots. Andrade was able to push Chookagian to the fence and land a takedown early.

Chookagian was able to get back to her feet in the first. However, Andrade’s constant clinch work was solid and she landed another takedown late. Again, Chookagian got back up to her feet. However, Andrade hurt Chookagian bad to the body with a massive hook.

Andrade followed up with additional shots. Another giant body shot floored Chookagian for the final time and the ref called it. Incredible flyweight debut for the former UFC strawweight champion.

UFC Fight Island 6 Fallout

UFC Fight Island 6 was a massive statement for the former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade. Andrade was finally fighting in her natural weight class. In her divisional debut, she stopped the top ranked contender.

It is not crazy to think that Andrade could be next in line to face the winner of the Valentina Shevchenko – Jennifer Maia fight. The loss was a crushing defeat for Katlyn Chookagian who was trying to get back to a title shot with a victory tonight.

While there have been retirement talks, I wouldn’t say that Chookagian is done after this fight. I just think that she ran into a buzzsaw in Jessica Andrade. Andrade is going to be a handful for a lot of contenders in the UFC‘s flyweight division.

Will Andrade or Chookagian be victorious at UFC Fight Island 6?

Tomorrow night, UFC Fight Island 6 will take place from Abu Dhabi. In the main event of the evening, there is a title eliminator between Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event of the evening, there is a fantastic women’s flyweight contest.

Former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (20-8) will be making her flyweight debut. Standing across from the former champion is Katlyn Chookagian (14-3). Chookagian is coming off of a dominant win over Antonina Shevchenko.

This is a fantastic matchup for a number of reasons. Chookagian is the top ranked contender in the UFC‘s flyweight division. Despite being the top contender in the division, Chookagian has openly talked about the end of her fighting career. An interest wrinkle in tomorrow’s fight.

Andrade won the title at strawweight and she’s competed at bantamweight in her UFC career. This is the first time that Andrade will likely be competing in her natural weight class. She’s going to be very strong and very fast when she enters the cage tomorrow night.

UFC Fight Island 6 Prediction

I was very impressed with what I saw from Jessica Andrade back at UFC 251. Sure, she lost a decision to Rose Namajunas. However, it was the way that Andrade overcame adversity that impressed me. She was touched up early, but she just kept coming forward and hurt Namajunas late.

This is the first time she will be competing in a UFC weight class that feels natural for her. She should have extra energy and speed when she enters the cage tomorrow. Andrade is extremely well rounded, however, she’s known for her incredible power.

Chookagian was able to bounce back big time in her last contest. She used a wrestling heavy attack to stifle Antonina Shevchenko. The win was the third in the last four fights for Chookagian. She will be the much bigger fighter tomorrow night coming in eight inches taller than Andrade.

I think that Chookagian really needs to use her size tomorrow night. If she can stay on the outside and mix in some timely takedowns she can win a decision. However, I just don’t know if I see it. I love the flyweight move for Andrade, and I think her striking and speed wins out tomorrow night.

Prediction: Jessica Andrade by Unanimous Decision

UFC Fight Island 6 could be it for Katlyn Chookagian

The top ranked contender in the flyweight division could be calling it a quits after this weekend’s UFC Fight Island 6 event. Katlyn Chookagian (14-3) is considering hanging up her gloves for good following this weekend’s event.

Chookagian will be welcoming former UFC strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (20-8), to the flyweight division this Saturday night. It’s a big time fight for the flyweight division and it could determine who’s going to get the next shot at Valentina Schevchenko.

Shevchenko will defend her title at UFC 255, but she will be a massive favorite over challenger, Jennifer Maia. Whoever wins at UFC Fight Island 6 would have a clear argument as the top contender in the flyweight division.

However, Chookagian might not be interested in rematching with the champion. The top UFC flyweight contender has been itching to start a family over. She told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that she’s taking her career fight by fight, but this Saturday could be it.

A lot riding on UFC Fight Island 6

It’s very interesting to see a fighter in Chookagian’s position take the stance she is. It’s extremely admirable, but it’s rare that a fighter would walk away right before getting a UFC title shot. However, if she wins Saturday, she could do just that.

Chookagian fought the champion back at UFC 247. Shevchenko walked away with her hand raised that night. A very motivated Chookagian bounced back by dominating Shevchenko’s sister, Antonina, at UFC on ESPN 9.

Chookagian looked like she could once again be a formattable challenger for the UFC title following that victory. However, she might not take that chance given the way she’s currently talking.

On the other side of the cage is Jessica Andrade. The former champion is coming off a razor close loss to Rose Namajunas back at UFC 251. Many people believe Andrade is finally fighting in her natural weight class which is scary. This should be a fantastic matchup with multiple storylines on Saturday.