Las Vegas, NV – When Katlyn Chookagian near the UFC Apex successful January aft defeating Jennifer Maia successful their rematch, she was unsure astir her future. She wasn’t assured that she would person a caller contract, and determination was immoderate uncertainty that she would combat successful the UFC again.
“I wasn’t ace assured [that I would get a caller contract]. Just due to the fact that I didn’t deliberation I would beryllium successful that presumption to person to combat retired my contract. So, I wasn’t ace confident. You ne'er know. Even coming disconnected of a win, I wasn’t precise sure,” Chookagian told Cageside Press during this week’s UFC Vegas 54 media day. “Especially aft the pursuing week, erstwhile I didn’t truly perceive anything. I was like, ‘okay’, you cognize what I mean? Like, is determination thing gonna happen? But I’m blessed that it each worked retired because, I’m specified a instrumentality of the UFC, and I privation to combat astatine the champion level. I mean, you could spell anyplace other and fight, and you know, that’s great. But the UFC is simply a full antithetic level. And I privation to combat astatine the highest level.”
With her caller contract, the No. 1 ranked flyweight welcomes Amanda Ribas backmost to the division. The 33-year-old was amazed that the Brazilian was coming backmost to the part and particularly that she accepted the combat with her.
“Yeah, I was ace surprised. They asked maine if I wanted to combat Amanda Ribas; I was like, wait, what value class? 125? I didn’t perceive thing astir her wanting to determination up. So I was a small shocked,” Chookagian said. “I was like, yeah, definitely, but I was like, ‘Oh, she’s astir apt not going to accidental yes.’ And past they came backmost and said she said yes… So, I was like, ‘wait, wherefore did she accidental yes, to me?’ I was similar ‘ew.’… But yeah, I’m excited. I’ll combat anyone. I don’t truly care.”
Watch the remainder of Katlyn Chookagian’s UFC Vegas 54 media time interrogation above. More sum tin beryllium recovered below. The lawsuit takes spot Saturday, May 14, 2022 astatine the UFC Apex successful Las Vegas, Nevada.