Katlyn Chookagian continues to prove she’s going to be a huge obstacle to anyone attempting to get to the top of the flyweight division.
On Saturday night at UFC 262, Chookagian once again showed off her volume striking attack to chip away at Viviane Araujo round after round to eventually win a unanimous decision. While Araujo definitely had her moments, Chookagian’s pace and pressure was eventually just too much as she earned the victory with the scorecards reading 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 all in her favor.
“I wasn’t concerned [about the decision] but you never know about the takedown,” Chookagian said after earning her second straight win. “Every time I threw the jab, I didn’t even have to look and it was landing. I’m really happy.”
Despite giving up height and reach to Chookagian on the feet, Araujo was able to find a way inside as she jumped forward with combinations and consistently found a home with her left hand. Undeterred by a fast start from the Brazilian, Chookagian settled into a rhythm with her volume striking game, throwing punches and kicks in succession in nearly every exchange.
As time passed, Chookagian began timing Araujo’s attacks where she was leaping forward her strikes, which then allowed her to react with counter shots and well placed kicks to the body.
Araujo turned the tables after grabbing onto Chookagian’s leg during one of her kick attempts and brought the fight crashing down to the canvas. From there, Araujo advanced her position and moved into the mount with a guillotine choke secured but Chookagian survived before scrambling free to get back to her feet.
The third round saw far more labored movement from Araujo as she slowed down significantly from earlier in the fight, which then allowed Chookagian to really chip away at her with a technical kickboxing offense. Chookagian was pumping out a nice lead jab that left a large mouse forming under Araujo’s eye as she ultimately secured the victory.
Now 3-1 in her past four fights, Chookagian continues to thrive at the top of the 125-pound division and while it’s tough to imagine her getting another title shot any time soon, she certainly appears to be a major roadblock to anybody else attempting to reach flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko.