Katlyn Chookagian speaks at UFC 230 in 2018
|Born||December 28, 1988|
Quakertown, Pennsylvania, United States
|Other names||Blonde Fighter|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Combat Team|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Fairleigh Dickinson University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Katlyn Chookagian (Armenian: Քեթլին Չուկագյան; born December 28, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who has competed in the bantamweight division and currently competes in the flyweight division. She is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of June 6, 2020, she is #1 in the UFC women's flyweight rankings and #11 in UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.
Chookagian was born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Quakertown Community Senior High School. Her first job was serving pizza at q-mart where she holds the record of most slices fit into her pocket. Overall, she started training karate when she was four years old, started fighting as an amateur in mixed martial arts (MMA) in 2012, and became a pro in 2014. Her teammates and training partners include Gordon Ryan, Claudia Gadelha, Sijara Eubanks, and the team captain Frankie Edgar. Chookagian holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Chookagian is of Armenian descent.
Mixed martial arts career
Chookagian made her debut in mixed martial arts professionally on June 28, 2014 at CFFC 37. She faced Rebecca Heintzman, and was a unanimous decision winner after three rounds.
Chookagian made her second professional fight at World Series of Fighting 13: Moraes vs. Bollinger on September 13, 2014. Katlyn Chookagian secured a knockout triumph against 44-year-old Brigitte Narcise at 38 seconds of the final round in the flyweight category.
Chookagian had her two subsequent bouts canceled. Against Allanna Jones in the Ring of Combat 49, and against Nohime Dennison at CFFC 45. Finally, on May 9, 2015, she fought twice in the same day, beating Linn Wennergren by unanimous decision, and Melinda Fábián by finalization in the first round.
She returned to the event where she made her debut, the CFFC, and held three more fights there. The results continued great: two belts, two victories by unanimous decision and one by knockout, due to a knee.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Chookagian faced Jennifer Maia on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244. At the weigh-ins, Maia weighted at 127.2 pounds, 1.2 pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. The bout proceed at catchweight and Maia was fined 25% of her purse and went to Chookagian. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Chookagian faced Antonina Shevchenko May 30, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns. After dominating Shevchenko on the ground throughout the bout, Chookagian won the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||14 wins||3 losses|
|Win||14–3||Antonina Shevchenko||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns||May 30, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–3||Valentina Shevchenko||TKO (elbows and punches)||UFC 247||February 8, 2020||3||1:03||Houston, Texas, United States||For the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||13–2||Jennifer Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 244||November 2, 2019||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Catchweight (127.2 lbs) bout; Maia missed weight.|
|Win||12–2||Joanne Calderwood||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 238||June 8, 2019||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Jessica Eye||Decision (split)||UFC 231||December 8, 2018||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||11–1||Alexis Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2||July 28, 2018||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||10–1||Mara Romero Borella||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2||January 27, 2018||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States||Return to Flyweight.|
|Win||9–1||Irene Aldana||Decision (split)||UFC 210||April 8, 2017||3||5:00||Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Liz Carmouche||Decision (split)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||8–0||Lauren Murphy||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||3||5:00||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||7–0||Stephanie Bragayrac||KO (knee)||CFFC 57: Honorio vs. Gaudinot||March 19, 2016||1||0:45||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Bantamweight debut. Won the CFFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Isabelly Varela||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 55: Chookagian vs. Varela||January 9, 2016||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the vacant CFFC Women's Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Sijara Eubanks||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 52: Horcher vs. Regman||October 31, 2015||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Melinda Fábián||Submission (armbar)||PMMAL Hungarian Fight Championship 9||May 9, 2015||1||4:33||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||3–0||Linn Wennergren||Decision (unanimous)||PMMAL Hungarian Fight Championship 9||May 9, 2015||3||5:00||Budapest, Hungary|
|Win||2–0||Brigitte Narcisse||KO (knees)||WSOF 13||September 13, 2014||3||0:38||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States||Flyweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Rebecca Heintzman||Decision (unanimous)||CFFC 37: Anyanwu vs. Bell||June 28, 2014||3||5:00||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Strawweight debut.|
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