NJ’s Chookagian makes flyweight debut at UFC Charlotte
‘BlondeFighter’ makes her return to the octagon in a new weight class on January 27.
Katlyn ‘BlondeFighter’ Chookagian is ready for her UFC return in the new flyweight division.
Chookagian (9-1) is set to face Mara Romero Borella in a three-round bout at UFC Fight Night in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, January 27. It will be held at the Spectrum Center in uptown Charlotte.
Borella (12-4-1) made her promotional debut at just last month at UFC 216 on October 7. She submitted her opponent, former Titan FC flyweight champion Kalindra Faria, in the first round via rear-naked choke.
This will be the UFC’s first visit since UFC on FOX 21 nearly eight years ago.
The Renzo Gracie brown-belt made the announcement Tuesday evening on Instagram.
‘BlondeFighter’ made her UFC debut at bantamweight in July of 2015 against Lauren Murphy. After defeating Murphy via unanimous decision, she went on to get her first professional loss again UFC vet Liz Carmouche at UFC 205 in November. Chookagian returned to the win column at UFC 210 in Buffalo earning a split decision victory over Irene Aldana.
Following UFC 210, Chookagian went in for shoulder surgery, causing her to take time off from training and delaying her return to the octagon.
The #13 ranked UFC women’s bantamweight has said previously in interviews with DGS that she was waiting for the 125-pound division to open up. The promotion is currently running its reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, featuring the newly formed division in its 26th season on FOX Sports 1. The winner will be crowned the inaugural women’s champion at 125-pounds.
While it has yet to be shown on an episode, ‘BlondeFighter’ featured a photo on Instagram of her at the TUF gym in a Team Alvarez jersey. TUF 26 coach and former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is a teammate of hers in New Jersey. She was not a contestant on the show this season.
While the fight card is still early in its announcements, ticket sales are set to start next month on December 15.