New Jersey’s Katlyn Chookagian will compete in her first UFC title bout when she meets current flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 247 in Houston, Texas. The February 8 fight was first confirmed by Nolan King of MMA Junkie. The UFC has not yet officially announced the contest.
The 30-year old “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian is riding a two-fight win streak after dropping a split decision to former title challenger Jessica Eye in December. Chookagian will enter the contest following unanimous decision wins over Jennifer Maia and Joanne Calderwood. With a professional record of 13-2, Chookagian’s only other loss comes by way of another split decision from another former title challenger in Liz Carmouche.
The champion, Shevchenko won the vacated 125-pound title when she defeated former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at 125-pounds. She has successfully defended the twice now, with a head kick knockout over Eye, and then a decision over Carmouche in August.
More bouts are expected to be adding to the event in the coming weeks.
Current UFC 247 lineup:
Champ Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian – for women’s flyweight title
Mirsad Bektic vs. Dan Ige
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ryan Spann
Andrea Lee vs. Lauren Murphy
Ilir Latifi vs. Derrick Lewis
Juan Adams vs. Justin Tafa