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Katlyn Chookagian Reveals UFC Declined To Renew Contract, Hits Free Agency Following UFC Vegas 46

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Ross Markey

One-time UFC flyweight title challenger, Katlyn ‘Blonde Fighter’ Chookagian has revealed that she is currently a free agent following her rematch victory over fellow former title chaser, Jennifer Maia at UFC Vegas 46 on Saturday, confirming that the promotion declined to renew her contract before last weekend’s outing.

The Quakertown native, who sat at #2 in the official flyweight rankings ahead of her rematch against Maia on Saturday, extended her winning run to three straight fights with a unanimous decision victory – adding the Brazilian to prior wins over her compatriot, Vivane Araujo, and division newcomer, Cynthia Calvillo.

Once challenging dominant flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko for undisputed flyweight gold, the Pennslyvania contender dropped a rather one-sided third round ground strikes loss at UFC 247 in February 2020.

In her sole loss since, Chookagian, who rebounded from her title challenge loss to Shevchenko with a dominant unanimous decision win over the champion’s elder sister, Antonina Shevchenko – suffered a first round body shot knockout loss to former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade. 

Whilst not slamming the door completely shut on her UFC tenure, Chookagian revealed to assembled media following UFC Vegas 46 that she had completed her contractual obligations with the organization – who had declined to extend her contract before the bout.

“This was the last fight on my contract, and usually when you have one more (fight), they (the UFC) renegotiate your contract,” Katlyn Chookagian said. “So, when they offered the fight (against Jennifer Maia), I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m up for negotiation for a new contract,’ and they were like, ‘Oh, no, we want you to fight this (contract) out.” 

“That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to cut me, but it’s usually not good news,” Katlyn Chookagian said. “Hopefully with this performance, I’d like to think they (the UFC) want to keep me. I want to stay here. So hopefully I proved that tonight.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

Reiterating her wish to remain under the UFC’s banner, Chookagain noted her interest in a potential future fight against former bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate – who is slated to make her flyweight division bow at UFC on ESPN+ 66 in May against soon-to-be common-foe, Lauren Murphy.

“When I heard Miesha Tate wanted to come to 125 I was super interested in that (fight),” Katlyn Chookagian said. “Just because, you know, I’ve watched her since I started MMA. I have a lot of respect for her, and it’s a new top-girl in the division. So of course, I’m interested.”

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