Las Vegas, NV – After avoiding Amanda Ribas, who moved up from strawweight for the fight, Katlyn Chookagian is well placed.
Chookagian (18-4) has now won four straight fights, the latest being the first under his new UFC contract.
“I’m just happy to get a win,” Chookagian told media including Cageside Press after UFC Vegas 54 on Saturday. “In the end, that’s all that matters.”
Ribas, she said, is “a fierce fighter. Tough, strong and playful. But she’s not very smart. It’s not disrespectful, I just think my fight IQ is higher than most of the girls I fight.
After the fight, “Blonde Fighter” put together a list of names she hoped to face next. Among them is rising French flyweight Manon Fiorot.
“I think I called four people or something, but she was definitely one of them,” Chookagian said. The reason for this particular legend is simple. “Just to stay active. She’s ranked high, and I think her last fight, she called me. It was pretty cool. Nothing in particular. It’s good to have new faces in the division, especially at the top of the division, which piqued my interest.
Fresh faces are key for Chookagian, who has become a true number two in the weight class alongside dominant champion Valentina Shevchenko. The 33-year-old even had his eye on another flyweight fight on Saturday, Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee, calling it “an incredible performance from Viviane”, over whom Chookagian holds a victory.
“It’s good to see amazing fights in the flyweight division,” she said. “I think over the last year the flyweight division has evolved so much, and you see new faces, and just different girls are getting better, and it’s becoming a better, more interesting division.”
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