Katlyn Chookagian out, Jessica Andrade in to face Manon Fiorot at UFC Paris

UFC Paris has seen a change to the lineup and a potential title eliminator at flyweight has a new look. MMA Junkie was the first to report earlier today that Katlyn Chookagian (18-4) has been forced out of the fight on September 3rd.

Chookagian was searching for her fifth straight win and was looking to defeat Manon Fiorot (9-1) in front of her home country. However, she will have to wait to try and pick up that fifth straight win and she won’t be facing Fiorot.

Instead, former UFC strawweight champion Jessica Andrade (23-9-1) will be taking her place. MMA Junkie was also first with this news. Andrade will be moving back up to 125 pounds for this fight against Fiorot.

The former strawweight champion had recently returned to 115 pounds. She scored a first round finish over Amanda Lemos and is currently ranked near the top of the strawweight division. However, when the UFC called her to take this fight, she jumped at the opportunity. Regardless of the opponent change, this is still a huge fight for Fiorot and perhaps now it’s even bigger.

UFC Homecoming for Fiorot

After losing her professional MMA debut by split decision, Manon Fiorot has been perfect in her professional career. That includes her time inside the octagon. Fiorot made her UFC debut in January of 2021.

Since making her debut, she’s gone a perfect 4-0 which includes two stoppages. In her last fight, she took on former UFC title challenger Jennifer Maia. It was another really solid performance for Fiorot who picked up the unanimous decision victory.

Now, she’s getting the chance to fight in front of her home country. If she’s able to get a big win over Andrade at UFC Paris, she might be in line for a title shot. Given the lack of fresh challengers for Valentina Shevchenko, Fiorot has a golden opportunity. It’s up to her on whether or not she’ll be able to cash in.

UFC books potential title eliminator between Katlyn Chookagian and Manon Fiorot

The UFC is finalizing a big time matchup in the women’s flyweight division that could have title implications. Boxe Mag was the first to report that the promotion is in the process of finalizing a bout between “Blonde Fighter” Katlyn Chookagian (18-4) and Manon Fiorot (9-1).

The fight will take place at UFC Paris on September 3rd. Chookagian will try to play spoiler for Fiorot’s homecoming. This was the fight that Chookagian called for after her last win and it’s the fight that the UFC decided to run with.

We just saw Katlyn Chookagian less than two weeks ago at UFC Vegas 54. That night, she took on top strawweight contender Amanda Ribas. Ribas had a good showing, but Chookagian was slightly more effective in her striking and got the split decision win.

For Chookagian, it was her fourth straight win since she lost to Jessica Andrade. Chookagian has been trying to work her way back to a UFC title shot against Valentina Shevchenko. She had a shot against the champ in 2020 and was ultimately stopped.

However, she’s gone 5-1 since that loss and she’s looked incredibly solid as of late. If she can take out the surging Fiorot in front of her home country for her fifth straight win, it might be hard to deny her a title shot.

UFC Homecoming for Fiorot

After losing her professional MMA debut by split decision, Manon Fiorot has been perfect in her professional career. That includes her time inside the octagon. Fiorot made her UFC debut in January of 2021.

Since making her debut, she’s gone a perfect 4-0 which includes two stoppages. In her last fight, she took on former UFC title challenger Jennifer Maia. It was another really solid performance for Fiorot who picked up the unanimous decision victory.

Now, she’s getting the chance to fight in front of her home country. If she’s able to get a big win over Chookagian at UFC Paris, she might be in line for a title shot. Given the lack of fresh challengers for Valentina Shevchenko, Fiorot has a golden opportunity. It’s up to her on whether or not she’ll be able to cash in.

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.