UFC On ESPN 9: Sleeper Fight

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Katlyn Chookagian, UFC on FOX 30 weigh-ins in Calgary, AB Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

UFC On ESPN 9 will take place this Saturday, May 30 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. There has been a lot build-up for the main event, which features Tyron Woodley versus Gilbert Bruns. One fight that has flown under the radar on this card is Katlyn Chookagian taking on Antonina Shevchenko. 

Katlyn Chookagian

Chookagian is currently ranked as the number two women’s flyweight in the UFC which is expected as she just lost her last fight to the champion Valentina Shevchenko. She has a 13-3 record going 6-3 inside the octagon. Chookagian also holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie. She has only been knocked out once in her career and has ten victories by way of decision.

Antonina Shevchenko

Shevchenko is currently 8-1 going 2-1 in the UFC. Her one career loss came to Roxanne Modafferi by decision back in April of 2019. Shevchenko has never been finished in her professional MMA career and also has a majority of her wins via decision. She has a professional Kickboxing/Muay Thai record of 39-1. She currently trains at Tiger Muay Thai will her sister Valentina Shevchenko.

The Match-up At UFC On ESPN 9

One could look at this fight and say that Shevchenko should have the blueprint to beat Chookagian, because her sister defeated her all of four months ago. One could also say that Chookagian should have a blueprint to beat Shevchenko after watching Modafferi use her takedowns and ground control to beat her last year. In short, it’s a closer match-up than you might think, and one that is definitely a sleeper fight.

How To Watch This Fight

Antonina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian is slated to be the featured fight of the UFC on ESPN 9 prelims this Saturday. The prelims will be shown live on ESPN+. The early action is set to kick off at 6:30 pm EST. There are six fights on the preliminary card and the UFC normally allows for 30 minutes per fight. Therefore this specific fight should be starting around 8:30 pm EST. The prelims will be followed by the main card which will start at 9:00 pm EST and be shown on ESPN.

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