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UFC Vegas 54: Amanda Ribas vs. Katlyn Chookagian Breakdown

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Exciting strawweight superstars take the stage as Amanda Ribas vs. Katlyn Chookagian is set for May 14th.

Amanda Ribas vs. Katlyn Chookagian Is the Next Step Ribas Needs

Amanda Ribas has been slowly growing a fighting audience since joining the UFC in 2019. Ribas is a sharp prospect who started her career with a four-fight win streak, most notably beating Mackenzie Dern in 2019.

The fiery Brazilian is a real contender in the strawweight division. Ribas has constantly gotten two fights a year, which is a solid pace, but she is somewhat inactive compared to other fighters around her. She was on a steady pace up the strawweight division until running into Marina Rodriguez.

This loss to Rodriguez set her back in the rankings; however, she did bounce back. And She Defeated Virna Jandiroba in 2021. After, a vast opportunity came in the form of “The Blonde Fighter” Katlyn Chookagian. Currently ranked number two in the flyweight division, a win here would shoot Ribas into title contention in a flash. On the other hand, this is a much more challenging call for the young Brazilian in a weight class that she isn’t typically.

Katlyn Chookagian: Divisional Staple 

Katlyn Chookangian has been active in the flyweight division since its creation. Having an excellent record of 17-4, she has only lost to champion-level fighters in the last two years. Chookangian has no problem taking any fight, which explains the willingness to step in on short notice for a war that will grant little reward.

She did run into the razor that was Jessica Andrade, who defeated her via KO. Now on a three-fight win streak, a win here would lead many to believe another title shot is in order. Chookangian has solid kicks and good boxing. She will have a four-inch reach advantage, which could shut down Ribas’ game. 

Implications of the Amanda Ribas vs. Katlyn Chookagian Fight

At face value, this looks like a considerable risk for “The Blonde Fighter,” but there are many ways people could view this fight. Overall, you could even say this is a bad matchup for the Brazilian.

While Andrade overcame the reach disadvantage through pressure boxing and bodywork, Ribas does not have those same tools, according to some.

Ribas does have two submission victories in the UFC, and looking purely at stats, Chookagian has a TD defense of 55%, so if Ribas commits to that strategy, she could at least get her to the ground.

Ribas is also not bad off her back, so there is much opportunity with grappling. The Brazilian has never fought a fighter at Katlyn Chookagians level, so it’s her fight to lose. A victory for Ribas would have enormous implications for her career, and Chookagian would be right at the doorstep of a title shot if not already being there. Ultimately, this is a very surprising and interesting fight worth keeping an eye on.

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Gonzalo Magana has been a causal MMA fan for a decade, but started following the sport more diligently in 2020. He wrestled for eight years, and has done BJJ for 2 years. These insights into combat sports motivated him to write about MMA, the greatest sport in the world.