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Katlyn Chookagian Returns, Meets Antonina Shevchenko at UFC Event on May 30th.

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A high-stakes matchup at flyweight is expected to take place at a UFC Fight Night event on May 30th. – as former title challenger, Katlyn ‘Blonde Fighter’ Chookagian returns from her title challenge defeat against Valentina Shevchenko – as she takes on the throne holders older sister, Antonina ‘La Pantera’. The event is planned to feature at the UFC Apex in ‘Sin City’.

Pennslyvania native, Chookagian – as mentioned, made her premier appearance in a promotional title bout, dropping a third-round knockout, snapping her two-fight win streak. Shevchenko, on the other hand, returned to winning ways, scoring a rear-naked choke triumph over Lucie Pudilová at UFC Fight Night Newark in August of last year. News of the pairing was initially reported by MMA Junkie writer, Mike Bohn.

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Renzo Gracie Combat Team mainstay, Chookagian – suffered both on the feet and off her back against Valentina Shevchenko in February, before an eventual stoppage. Since her return to 125-pounds, the 31-year-old has gone 4-2 – scoring wins over former Invicta FC flyweight champion, Jennifer Maia, expected title challenger, Joanne Calderwood, one-time bantamweight title chaser, Alexis Davis, and Mara Romero Borella. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt made her first UFC appearance back in July of 2016 – taking out former Invicta FC 135-pound best, Lauren Murphy.

Kickboxing ace, Shevchenko arrived in the promotion – via a second-round stoppage of Jaymee Nievara on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series back in June of 2018. Going 2-1 since, the 35-year-old has managed victories over Ji Yeon Kim, and the previously mentioned Pudilová – dropping her only Octagon defeat to sport veteran, Roxanne Modafferi in a close split decision judging at UFC Fight Night Saint Petersburg. In a leap in competition, the #12 ranked Shevchenko takes on Chookagian, who sits at #2 at flyweight.

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