The thrill of the big-game hunt evidently lured Amanda Ribas back to the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s flyweight division.
The former Jungle Fight champion will move to 125 pounds for the first time in nearly two years when she takes on Katlyn Chookagian in a three-round UFC on ESPN 36 showcase this Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Ribas has rattled off six wins across her past seven appearances. She last fought at UFC 267, where she was awarded a unanimous decision over onetime Invicta Fighting Championships titleholder Virna Jandiroba on Oct. 30. Chookagian, meanwhile, climbs on the Octagon on the strength of a three-fight winning streak. She last competed on Jan. 15, when she took a unanimous verdict from Jennifer Maia in their three-round UFC on ESPN 32 pairing.
As Ribas and Chookagian inch ever closer to their intriguing confrontation, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
33: Years of age for Chookagian, who was born on Dec. 28, 1988 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
14: Chookagian wins by decision, accounting for 82% of her career total (17). The list of those she has outpointed in the UFC: Maia (twice), Viviane Araujo, Cynthia Calvillo, Antonina Shevchenko, Joanne Wood, Alexis Davis, Mara Romero Borella, Irene Aldana and Lauren Murphy. Chookagian holds one other win by submission—she dispatched Melinda Fabian with an armbar at a Premium MMA Liga event in 2015—and two more by knockout or technical knockout.
727: Significant strikes landed by Chookagian as a UFC women’s flyweight, placing her second on the company’s all-time list at 125 pounds. Only the aforementioned Wood has been credited with more (776).
54: Rounds completed by Chookagian as a professional mixed martial artist. The former Cage Fury Fighting Championships titleholder has gone the distance on 16 different occasions and carries a stellar 14-2 record in those bouts.
77: Combined victories between the four opponents—Jessica Andrade, Valentina Shevchenko, Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche—who have defeated Chookagian. They boast a cumulative .726 winning percentage (77-29).
28: Years of age for Ribas, who was born in Varginha, Brazil, on Aug. 26, 1993.
4: Ribas victories by submission, accounting for 36% of her career total (11). Her methods of choice: two rear-naked chokes, one armbar and one kneebar. Ribas owns three other victories by knockout or technical knockout and four more by decision.
36: Seconds needed for Ribas put away Iara Sales with punches at Pentagon Combat 20 in September 2014. Having occurred more than seven years ago, it remains her fastest finish to date.
173: Total strikes landed by Ribas in a three-round unanimous decision over “The Ultimate Fighter 20” semifinalist Randa Markos at UFC Fight Night 170 on March 14, 2020. It established a personal high-water mark for the Brazilian.
.800: Cumulative winning percentage between the two opponents—Marina Rodriguez and Polyana Viana—who have beaten Ribas. They sport a combined record of 28-5-2.
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