clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UFC 247 live blog: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 247 live blog for Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian, the flyweight co-headliner for Saturday’s fight card at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Shevchenko attempts the third defense of her title at 125 pounds, while Chookagian arrives to the title bout with a two-fight winning streak.

Check out the UFC 247 live blog below.

Round 1: Jacob Montalvo oversees the action. Chookagian immediately gets lateral movement going, pawing her lead hand. Shevchenko fires off a right hook after landing a leg kick. Chookagian attacking the legs lightly. Already, Shevchenko throwing with more power in her shots. Chookagian looking for a way in, and when she gets close, Shevchenko cracks her with a powerful left. Chookagian goes back to her kicks, then spins. Shevchenko nails her with a counter punch. There’s a clear difference in technique and power, and Shevchenko shows it with every combo. Chookagian continues to attack the legs, but Shevchenko’s kicks have a far greater impact. Heavy jab from Shevchenko. Chookagian misses with high kick, and Shevchenko explodes with one-two leg kick. Shevchenko waiting for the counter and catches a kick to deposit Chookagian on the mat. In guard, she bides her time as Chookagian hikes up her legs, setting up for a submission potentially. Shevchenko keeps her elbows in tight and works a few punches from up top. Short on time, and Shevchenko postures up and lands an elbow that opens a big cut on Chookagian’s brow.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Shevchenko.

Round 2: Chookagian is bleeding generously, and her first leg kick is met with a quick counter. Body kick from the champ. Spin back kick pushes Chookagian back. The challenger spins, and it’s half as fast. Shevchenko able to hit and move away without much issue. Heavy punch combo as Chookagian gets close. Faint chants of USA, but this fight is not going for the challenger. Low kicks from Chookagian, who advances and is short. Shevchenko, meanwhile, ends her combos with a low kick. A wheel kick cracks Chookagian’s head. Then an axe kick. Shevchenko decides she wants the fight on the mat, and it isn’t long before Chookagian is on her back. Shevchenko in half-guard postures up and looks for opportunities. Chookagian ties up the body. Shevchenko uses shoulder pressure and punches the body and head. Chookagian forced to adjust to alleviate the pressure on her windpipe. Short punches from Shevchenko as the round ends.

MMA Fighting scores the frame 10-8 for Shevchenko, who’s up 20-18.

Round 3: Shevchenko goes low and trades kicks with Chookagian. More forward motion from Chookagian, who thinks about jumping guard and gets piled to the mat. Shevchenko secures the crucifix position and elbows and punches the head. Chookagian is trying to escape, but she’s having no luck. Referee Montalvo steps in to stop the punishment. Chookagian isn’t happy about it, but there’s not much protest from the audience.

Official result: Valentina Shevchenko def. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 1:03