(1) Chookagian vs. (2) Andrade
Women’s Flyweight Bout
Both of these women are exciting fighters to watch, and this bout shouldn’t be one to disappoint. Katlyn Chookagian comes in following her bounce-back win by decision over Antonina Schevchenko in May. Chookagian is looking to earn a rematch with the other Schevchenko sister, Flyweight champion Valentina.
Jessica Andrade will be competing in the 18th fight of her UFC career, but she’ll be making her flyweight debut this Saturday. Andrade started her career as a bantamweight, but went down to strawweight in 2016. She held the women’s strawweight title after defeating Rose Namajunas by slam knockout, but lost her first defense to still champion Zheng Weili. Namajunas got her revenge on Andrade in July by split decision, and Andrade is looking to finish 2020 in the win column and set herself up for a women’s flyweight title shot next year.
Andrade is a shifty Muay Thai kickboxer who looks to work inside and trade hooks and uppercuts. She thrives in car crashes, and positionally pushes her opponents to the cage to make it happen. She does have strong wrestling skills but she would be wise to stay off the canvas against Chookagian, a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie with John Danaher in her corner.
Chookagian will likely look to neutralize Andrade’s striking onslaught by clinching and working for takedowns. She has excellent control skills on top and lands strikes in the process of hunting for chokes. She’s comfortable fighting on her feet as well. She’ll have a six-inch reach advantage in this fight, and will likely look to keep Andrade away with her jab, if her grappling isn’t working. She’s an intelligent striker and very effective defensive kickboxer. She utilizes a variety of combinations and evenly attacks all areas of the body. She’s very good at utilizing her reach advantage, and throws at a high volume but succeeds as a counter-striker. If this fight does stay standing,
Chookagian will not have the advantage for the full fifteen minutes. But she will have the advantage for long enough to control the fight, get Andrade to press, and drop for level changes. While Andrade is dangerous, Chookagian is the more mature and well-rounded mixed martial artist. She’s one of the best in this division at keeping fights in her range, mixing up her strikes and mixing in her grappling. She’s a chameleon who can design a gameplay to beat anyone in the division, and Andrade might not be getting the fast track to Valentina Schevchenko that she thought she might. We’re confident in the Chookagian moneyline, she’s one of our favorite underdogs of the night, and we think it’ll happen by decision.