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    After Completing Current Contract at UFC on ESPN 32, Katlyn Chookagian Hopes for New Deal


    Perennially-ranked UFC flyweight Katlyn
    Chookagian
    is a free agent – at least for now.

    After defeating Jennifer
    Maia
    via unanimous decision in a rematch at UFC on ESPN 32,
    Chookagian revealed that she just fought the last fight on her
    current deal.

    “This was the last fight on my contract, and usually when you have
    one more, they renegotiate your contract,” Chookagian told
    assembled media after the event. “So when they offered this fight,
    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. Hopefully with this performance, I’d like to
    think they want to keep me. I want to stay here. So hopefully I
    proved that tonight.”

    Chookagian challenged for flyweight gold in 2020, falling to
    Valentina
    Shevchenko
    via third-round TKO at UFC 247. She wasn’t
    especially competitive in that bout, nor was she against
    ex-strawweight queen Jessica
    Andrade
    at UFC Fight Night 180, but outside of that “Blonde
    Fighter” has consistently taken down contenders in the division
    including Maia (twice), Viviane
    Araujo
    , Cynthia
    Calvillo
    and Joanne Wood,
    to name a few.

    She is currently on a three-fight winning streak, and in a weight
    class short on challengers for Shevchenko, Chookagian could be on
    the verge of title contention once again.

    “I think the UFC needs to re-sign me before I think about that,”
    Chookagian said. “I’m on a three-fight win streak, all top-five
    opponents, so I would hope they re-sign me. They didn’t want to
    extend my contract before this fight, so hopefully I proved I
    belong here. I’m No. 2 in the division. I’ve been No. 2 or No. 1
    for three or four years since the division started. I have as many
    wins as Valentina. I’ve beaten probably more top-10 fighters than
    any other fighter in the UFC, male or female. This is my 14th
    fight. I think all but two, maybe three, were all top-10
    opponents.

    “So I think I earned my spot here in the UFC. So hopefully I get
    that call next week. I just hope that I’m still a UFC fighter after
    this performance.”

    Perhaps the one factor working against Chookagian is the lack of
    finishes on her resume. Saturday marked her 10th UFC triumph, and
    thus far, all have gone to the judges, making her the first fighter
    in promotion history to earn that many victories without a
    stoppage.

    UFC president Dana White didn’t provide much in the way of clarity
    on Chookagian’s status at the post-fight presser.

    “I know that we went into this fight with her contract, it’s
    expired now,” White said. “She’s a free agent right now. I don’t
    know. That was between her and [matchmaker] Mick [Maynard], he did
    that deal with her. So we’ll see what happens.”



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