She’s a ridiculous athlete.

1 at 125 behind Valentina (Shevchenko), and she …

Faint chants of USA, but this fight is not going for the challenger. David: Chookagian is the kind of fighter who looks like amateur to the layman. Chookagian looking for a way in, and when she gets close, Shevchenko cracks her with a powerful left. They look like the same species, but they’re not.

Valentina Shevchenko once again shows her class as she stopped a spirited Katlyn Chookagian in the co-main event at UFC 247. Chookagian misses with high kick, and Shevchenko explodes with one-two leg kick.

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For more on Shevchenko vs. Chookagian, check out the live blog from MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco. Phil: “Holly Holm without the size and athleticism, but with a better coach” about covers it.

She has a long reach and works with good kicks and submissions, so she’s a dangerous opponent, but I’m happy because I’ve always wanted to fight the best and I’m having the opportunity of doing this again in all weight classes. Chookagian isn’t happy about it, but there’s not much protest from the audience. Phil: The real thing is: does Chookagian go for broke if she’s losing the fight? “I’m making history as the first woman to fight in three weight classes (in the (UFC) and I find this so cool. Shevchenko keeps her elbows in tight and works a few punches from up top.

“That’s something I do really well, and most girls can’t do, and they give Valentina too much space. Listen In - Ouch! Gerrard talks lockdown work and Rangers future, 1548 Days - Return of The Gypsy King documentary, Arteta on his managerial methods during lockdown.

There’s a clear difference in technique and power, and Shevchenko shows it with every combo. Just, you know. Moving up to flyweight meant the easiest weight cut for Jessica Andrade since her bantamweight days, and a victory Saturday could catapult her into another title bout.

Chookagian won’t just give Shevchenko one punch to counter - she’ll give Shevchenko 3-4 chances to counter within one exchange. She’s a tough opponent, I don’t underestimate her.

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