Dubai: Katlyn Chookagian, the no. 1 of the UFC women’s weightlifting team, sounded dead serious about defeating former sprinkler champion Jessica Andrade when the two met on Sunday at UFC Fight Island 6.
While a clearer picture will emerge on the day, Chookagian was full of confidence as she figured out her chance to win during an exclusive interview with Gulf News on Wednesday.
With the May 30 victory over Antonina Shevchenko still fresh in her mind, Chookagian knows she’s well placed to shoot for a title and that she does not want to waste the chance to prove that she’s one of the best everyday MMA contenders. fighters on the women’s rankings are not. .
“I think I’m going to win,” she said. ‘If it goes to the ground, I can submit her from any position, I definitely have the power to go to the body and I have a great headache and volume. I can see how she stops. ”
Chookagian, an American of Armenian descent, has gone from strength to strength since making her UFC debut in July 2016 when she scored a points decision over Lauren Murphy.
While she consistently picks top-class opponents like Irene Aldana, Mara Romero Borella, Jennifer Maia, Joanna Calderwood and Antonina Shevchenko, the sister of world champion Valentia, she has pushed herself into the upper echelons of the flyweight division where she is tied up. for most wins (five) with Valentia and Gillian Robertson.
Looking back on her career and coming to the top, Chookagian says: ‘Every fight you learn quite a bit, and in my last fight (Antonina Shevchenko) I was able to do a lot of my wrestling and jiu-jitsu, which many people may have known not I could do.
‘So it gave me a little bit of confidence to show the part of my game that I knew but other people didn’t. It definitely gave me a lot of confidence.
“In every battle camp, you just learn more and get better every time.”
‘I’m for some point no. 1, ‘said Chookagian. “You need to know that you are not just getting there. Besides beating people and doing good, you have to have the confidence that you have become stronger and better over the years, and that’s a big factor and it’s changed for me. “
The 31-year-old Pennsylvania resident said she is not afraid that Andrade will advance from strawweight (115 lb) to flyweight (125 lb) to fight her.
“I’m just taking it again as a fight,” she said. “I’m not worried about her size, speed or anything. I just want to stay focused. I am prepared to face the strongest and fastest Andrade. ”
How does she expect the fight to end? “I see that it usually rises, but when it goes to the ground, there is nothing wrong with it,” she said. ‘I see nothing in her that I do not see daily in the gym. So I am prepared, and as I showed in my last fight, I am definitely a well-rounded fighter, ‘she added.
‘You’re going to see the best version of myself. I’m going to move, I have a good heart, uninterrupted movement and I will not get tired. I’m going to keep hitting, keep kicking, all the different stuff. I feel super prepared and deadly excited. ”
Source: Gulf News