On Saturday night, Feb. 8, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their second pay-per-view event of the year, which includes two world championship bouts.
UFC 247 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes.
In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.
Shevchenko, who is as high as a -1400 favorite heading into the fight, will look to continue her dominance in the women’s 125-pound division. “The Bullet” captured the title when she defeated longtime strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 via unanimous decision. Shevchenko has gone on to defend the title with a vicious second round KO over Jessica Eye, along with a one-sided unanimous decision win over Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC Uruguay in August.
Chookagian gets her long awaited shot at the title after winning four out of her five fights at 125-pounds. “Blonde Fighter” lost a close split decision to Eye at UFC 231 in December 2018 and has bounced back with back-to-back wins over Joanne Calderwood at UFC 238 and, most recently, Jennifer Maia at UFC 244 in November. If Chookagian were to capture the title on Saturday night, it would go down as one of the biggest betting upsets in UFC title fight history.
Here is how the women’s flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Katlyn Chookagian went down at UFC 247, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Both ladies trade leg kicks early. Chookagian moving around a lot while Shevchenko is staying very patient looking for her openings. Left hand counter from Shevchenko and a body kick from Chookagian. Spinning back fist from the champion and a hard left hand just misses behind it. Leg kick ends a three strike combination attempt from Shevchenko. Chookagian with a hard leg kick, answered by the champion. Shevchenko comes up short on a combination and Chookagian does as a well on a high kick. Leg kick from Chookagian and Shevchenko counters with a right hand. Chookagian with a right hand but Shevchenko ties her up and takes the fight to the mat. Shevchenko working in the full guard of the challenger with 30 seconds to go. Left hand from Shevchenko with not much on it. Chookagian gets the legs up high and Shevchenko lands a slicing elbow that cuts Chookagian open above the left eye as the horn sounds. Good opening round for the champ.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Shevchenko
The cut above Chookagian’s eye is nasty and continues to bleed despite the work done on it between rounds. Chookagian aout with a bounce to her step. Shevchenko lands a hard body kick on the challenger as Chookagian is having a tough time finding her range. Side kick to the body from Shevchenko knocks Chookagian a few steps back. Push kick to the chest from Shevchenko as the first two minutes go by. Right hand counter from the champion as Chookagian continues to move forward. Inside leg kick from Shevchenko after a body kick attempt from Chookagian. All Shevchenko through the first eight minutes of this one as Shevchenko lands a nasty wheel kick to the face. Chookagian throws a kick to the body, caught by Shevchenko and takes the challenger down. Shevchenko working in half guard with over a minute left in the round. Chookagian trying to tie Shevchenko up, but the champion is controlling the position, trapping Chookagian’s head on the mat. The challenger gets back to full guard with 20 seconds to go. Shevchenko throws a short elbow with not much on it as the horn sounds. 2-0 for the champion.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Shevchenko
Chookagian has absorbed 48 strikes thus far through two rounds according to the broadcast stats. Chookagian lands a hard kick to the body, and one to the thigh. Knee on the inside from Chookagian, but Shevchenko gets it right to the mat in side control. Crucifix position for Shevchenko and reigns down a flurry of punches. The referee has seen enough and it’s over. Dominant performance for Valentina Shevchenko.
Official result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO – Round 3, 1:03
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