May 12, 2022 9:42 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Katlyn Chookagian vs Amanda Ribas at UFC Vegas 54

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KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS AMANDA RIBAS FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 54? Sunday 15th May, 2022 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 54? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 54? Click here for the tickets at the O2 Arena

What channel is UFC Vegas 54 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 54? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS AMANDA RIBAS LOWDOWN

The official gatekeeper to Valentina Shevchenko’s throne, Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) steps out for her 14th UFC fight. She climbed to the top of the shallow pile of contenders in 2019 after outpointing Joanne Wood and Jennifer Maia to meet the flyweight Queen in 2020 only to get schooled and eventually TKO’d on the ground. To her credit, she has not lost heart or hopes of another title shot. She bounced back with a unanimous decision over her sister Antonina (2020) before getting TKO’d again Jessica Andrade (2020) and has gone on to earn three more vintage unanimous decisions over Cynthia Calvillo (2020), Viviane Araujo (2021) and Jennifer Maia (2022).

Amanda Ribas (11-2) makes her second appearance in the UFC flyweight division. Her first was a dominant mauling of Paige VanZant (2020) cinching up an armbar in the first round. That came after four straight wins at strawweight including decisions over Mackenzie Dern (2019) and Randa Markos (2020). However, she suffered a big setback getting TKO’d by Marina Rodriguez (2021) but she bounced back with brilliant unanimous decision over Virna Jandiroba (2021).

KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS AMANDA RIBAS PREDICTION

This is a very tough assignment for Ribas in her second flyweight bout. She will only be giving up two inches in arm reach but will be giving up six inches in height and five in leg reach which will be evident when Chookagian begins to adopt her usual game plan of striking from range.

Ribas is a good striker, but she has to call upon her grappling here which is at a very high level. She has great judo and wrestling with exceptional jiu-jitsu. If she can take Chookagian down, we would expect her to control her although she may struggle with her length and pass the guard to find a submission.

We also expect a similar pattern on the feet with Ribas being more aggressive but struggling with the range of Chookagian. We expect the rangier fighter to be able to maintain the distance and lightly pepper Ribas with her jab and front kicks down the middle keeping her at bay.

If the Brazilian can secure a takedown in each round, it will get very interesting, but we feel Chookagian will keep the fight on the feet long enough to frustrate Ribas and win another point battle.

Prediction: Chookagian via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

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