Jessica Andrade to Lock Horns with Katlyn Chookagian in Flyweight Debut on Oct. 17

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 1, 2020


Former strawweight queen Jessica Andrade is expected make her 125-pound debut against Katlyn Chookagian at an Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Oct. 17.

MMAjunkie.com was first to report the booking. Andrade was originally linked to a matchup with Jessica Eye, but that bout fell apart after Eye reportedly suffered an injury. The card is expected to be held on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and is headlined by a featherweight duel between Chan Sung Jung and Brian Ortega.

After losing the 115-pound belt to Weili Zhang in a 42-second TKO defeat last year, Andrade returned to the Octagon at UFC 251, where she dropped a split decision against Rose Namajunas. Prior to that two-bout skid, “Bate Estaca” had been victorious in seven of her previous eight promotional appearances. When she makes her flyweight debut, Andrade will have competed in three different weight classes within the Las Vegas-based organization.

Chookagian, meanwhile, challened for flyweight gold at UFC 247, where she suffered a third-round TKO loss to Valentina Shevchenko on Feb. 8. She returned to the win column at UFC on ESPN 9, earning a unanimous decision triumph against Antonina Shevchenko on May 30.

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