Katlyn Chookagian is set to welcome former 115-pound champion, Jessica Andrade, to the UFC women’s flyweight division. The bout is the co-main event feature at UFC Fight Island 6 and replaces Cyril Gane vs Ante Delija. Additionally, the main event featuring fan-favorite fighters, Brian Ortega, and The Korean Zombie has brought plenty of attention to the card.
The 125-pound division is being spearheaded by ‘The Bullet’ Valentina Shevchenko who has run through title challengers. Her dominance in the division has led the promotion to seek out new challenges, and Andrade’s presence adds a new wrinkle. Moreover, there’s no doubt that the new blood in the weight class brings about an added sense of urgency for divisional staples.
🇺🇸 Chookagian 🆚 Andrade 🇧🇷
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UFC women’s flyweight’s: Katlyn Chookagian vs Jessica Andrade
The top divisional contender in Chookagian has gone 3-1 in her last four fights that include a loss to the divisional champion back in February. She is now back to the win column after defeating Antonina Shevchenko by unanimous decision. ‘The Blonde Fighter’ brings forth several physical attributes over her opponent in Andrade including an 8-inch height advantage.
Jessica Andrade is coming off two straight losses albeit to high-level competition. Prior to her losses to Weili Zhang and Rose Namajunas she was on a 4-fight streak that enabled her to fight for the title. Now faced with an opportunity to forge a new path at flyweight, ‘Bate Escata’ is jumping into the deep end. A win over Chookagian would put her right in line to try and capture a second belt.
Katlyn Chookagian brings in crisp boxing and has shown good awareness should the fight hit the canvas. She has been able to utilize her range and out-maneuver her opponents. She will have to be wary of getting into the clinch with a powerhouse like Andrade.
Jessica Andrade relies on close-range pressure and is lethal once she circles into her power side against the cage. However, she hasn’t always been effective when it comes to covering distance. The general consensus is that she would likely be at the mercy of Katlyn’s jab.
Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian to claim a unanimous decision victory.
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