Saturday night live on pay-per-view, UFC women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Schevchenko (18-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) looks to defend her title for the third time against the #1 contender, Katlyn Chookagian (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
This fight is set to be the co-main event for Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
A closer look
Katlyn Chookagian is the true #1 contender going into Saturday’s fight and is currently on a two-fight winstreak. She is a member of the Mark Henry fight team that is well-known for producing champions such as Frankie Edgar, Lance Palmer, Eddie Alvarez and more.
If Chookagian can get the job done Saturday night, she would become the third ever women’s flyweight champion and she would also join the company of Amanda Nunes (19-4 MMA, 12-1 UFC) by being only second person in the UFC to beat Schevchenko, who has ran through all of her competition rather seemlessly in her nine-fight UFC career.
The champ, Valentino Schevchenko is considered by many to be years ahead of her competition in the flyweight division and is currently on a four-fight winstreak.
As a former title challenger in the women’s bantamweight division, Schevchenko has gone eight total rounds with the womens bantamweight and featherweight champion, the ‘double champ,’ Amanda Nunes.
After losing a unanimous decision in the first fight to Nunes, the second fight was a bit more controversial, with Schevchenko losing by a split decision.
Schevchenko firmly believes that she won that second fight against Nunes at UFC 215, but has since moved on from the division altogether, to focus on ruling the flyweight division.
With Schevchenko fighting the true #1 contender, Saturday night, this performance should give the MMA media and fans a good idea of how far apart she is from the rest of her competition at 125-pounds.