UFC Vegas 54’s Katlyn Chookagian: “Evolving” Women’s Flyweight Division Now More Interesting

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Las Vegas, NV — After staving disconnected Amanda Ribas, who made the determination up from strawweight for the fight, Katlyn Chookagian is successful a bully place.

Chookagian (18-4) has present won 4 consecutive fights, with the latest being the archetypal of her caller UFC contract.

“I’m conscionable blessed to get a win,” Chookagian told media outlets including Cageside Press pursuing UFC Vegas 54 connected Saturday. “Really astatine the extremity of the day, that’s each that matters.”

Ribas, she said, is “a pugnacious fighter. Tough, strong, and game. But she’s not precise intelligent. That’s nary disrespect, I conscionable deliberation my combat IQ is higher than astir of the girls I fight.”

Following the bout, “Blonde Fighter” rattled disconnected a database of names that she hoped to look next. Among them, rising French flyweight Manon Fiorot.

“I deliberation I called retired similar 4 radical oregon something, but she was decidedly 1 of them,” Chookagian said. The crushed for that peculiar callout is simple. “Just to enactment active. She’s ranked high, and I deliberation her past fight, she called maine out. That was beauteous cool. Nothing specific. It’s bully to person caller faces successful the division, particularly up successful the apical of the division, truthful that sparked my interest.”

Fresh faces are cardinal for Chookagian, who has go a bonafide fig 2 successful the value class, adjacent to ascendant champ Valentina Shevchenko. The 33-year aged adjacent had an oculus connected different flyweight combat Saturday, Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee, calling it an “amazing show by Viviane,” who Chookagian holds a triumph over.

“It’s bully to spot astonishing fights successful the flyweight division,” she stated. “I deliberation implicit the past year, the flyweight division’s evolving truthful much, and you’re seeing caller faces, and conscionable antithetic girls are becoming better, and it’s becoming a better, much absorbing division.”

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