UFC 262- Katlyn Chookagian vs Viviane Araujo: Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/12/2021, 7:19 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: Katlyn Chookagian poses on the scale during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 262 will see an intriguing clash between Katlyn Chookagian and Viviane Araujo go down in the women’s flyweight division. Both fighters are coming off wins in their last fights. Hence, a triumph this weekend might just catapult either contender closer to the title picture.

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The no. 2 ranked Chookagian is coming off a unanimous decision win against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 255. ‘Blonde Fighter’ has won 3 out of her last 5 fights. Jessica Andrade and Valentina Shevchenko have finished her in that time span. Wins over Calvillo, Antonina Shevchenko, and Jennifer Maia are her most recent victories. The 32-year-old has an overall professional record of 15-4.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Katlyn Chookagian punches Cynthia Calvillo in their women’s flyweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The 34-year-old Brazilian, Araujo, is currently on a 2-fight winning streak. She beat Roxanne Modafferi and Montana De La Rosa after being on the wrong end of a decision against Jessica Eye in 2019. The no. 7 ranked ‘Vivi’ has an overall professional record of 10-2.

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Chookagian has 3 (2 T/KO and 1 submission) finishes in her resume; Araujo has 7 (3 T/KO and 4 submissions) finishes in her career.

Katlyn Chookagian vs Viviane Araujo: Analysis

Chookagian is very long and lanky for the division. ‘Blonde Fighter‘ is actually a very complete scrapper with an overall skill set. Her recent losses have been to Shevchenko and Andrade. However, she did really well against ‘Bullet’ before getting finished in the third round. Meanwhile, ‘Bate Estaca‘ landed an impressive body shot to claim the win.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 05: (L-R) Viviane Araujo of Brazil punches Montana De La Rosa in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Araujo is not expected to finish ‘Blonde Fighter’. Also, Chookagian’s superior height might cause the Brazilian fighter some problems. ‘Blonde Fighter‘, who should be able to win some striking exchanges, is expected to have a clear advantage in the grappling exchanges.

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Chookagian should put her complete arsenal of skills on display and eventually grind out a unanimous decision in a fun fight. However, we expect Araujo to win at least one round of the fight.

Final Prediction: Katlyn ‘Blonde Fighter’ Chookagian by unanimous decision.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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