Fighting out of New Jersey, United States, Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian, 31, was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 9.” It was the Armenian-American mixed martial artist’s seventh victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA on December 28, 1988, Chookagian earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. She made her professional MMA debut in 2014.
In 2016, Chookagian made her UFC debut, making her the first Armenian MMA fighter to compete in the promotion. The first six opponents she defeated in the promotion were Lauren Murphy, Irene Aldana, Mara Romero Borella, Alexis Davis, Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia.
Katlyn Chookagian vs Antonina Shevchenko
Featuring 11 professional mixed martial arts matches, “UFC on ESPN 9” took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on May 30, 2020. In the sixth bout of the evening, Chookagian fought Antonina “The Panther” Shevchenko, 27, of Peru and Kyrgyzstan in the women’s flyweight division.
Chris Tognoni served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all scored it 30-25.
In the end, Tognoni raised the hand of Chookagian. The New Jersey native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
“I’ve always had this ability,” Chookagian said in her post-fighter interview. “It’s just being confident and doing it.”
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 9” improved Chookagian’s professional MMA record to 14 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Shevchenko now has 8 wins and 2 losses.
Chookagian now has the most wins in the women’s flyweight division of the UFC. She ties with the division’s reigning champion Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko, 32, who happens to be Antonina’s younger sister.
“UFC on ESPN 9”
The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 9” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Five countries were represented namely Brazil, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Peru and the U.S.
Chookagian was one of the 27 fighters who represented the U.S. Shevchenko solely represented Peru and Kyrgyzstan.
In the co-main event of the evening, Augusto Sakai, 29, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil defeated Blagoy “Baga” Ivanov (Благой Иванов), 33, of Sofia, Bulgaria via split decision in the heavyweight division. In the main event, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns, 33, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil defeated Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 38, of St. Louis, Missouri in the welterweight division via unanimous decision.