Katlyn Chookagian competes in the biggest fight of her MMA career to date at next Saturday’s UFC 247 event when she challenges Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC flyweight title.
Chookagian (13-2-0) has gone 4-1 since moving down to 125-pounds, with the sole loss coming by way of a split decision to Jessica Eye.
Also known as the ‘Blonde Fighter’, Chookagian is a huge underdog against the dominant champ in Shevchenko, however she is undeterred by this. The 31-year-old is fully confident she will get the win next Saturday and see’s it coming by way of a submission or decision.
“I see it being a tough decision,” said during a recent chat with TheScore. “I think my cardio is definitely gonna be a factor, especially if it goes into the later rounds. I see it either going into a decision with me winning or me winning by submission.“
Chookagian says she is not feeling any pressure to put on a crowd pleasing fight and plans to compete the way she wants to.
“I’m not going to go out there … to do something crazy to be entertaining and then lose. It’s like, ‘Oh you know, the fans think I’m entertaining.’ It’s like, ‘Well, the fans don’t pay my bills.’ So if you lose, you don’t get your full paycheck. So for me, that doesn’t really bother me. I think the most important thing is winning.”
UFC 247 takes place next Saturday February 8, 2020, from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States. The main card, featuring Shevchenko vs. Chookagian, will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.