Valentina Shevchenko Will Defend Title Against Katlyn Chookagian

Valentina Shevchenko Posing With UFC Title

Image source: Valentina Shevchenko's Instagram (@bulletvalentina)

Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko officially has her next title contender in the form of Katlyn Chookagian. The bout has been booked for the February 8th pay-per-view card as first reported by ESPN.

Chookagian has a 13-2 record and is coming off a two-fight win streak over Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia. Both of Chookagian’s losses have also been close decisions against Liz Carmouche and Jessica Eye.

All of Chookagian’s UFC bouts have gone the distance and her finishing percentage stands at 20% compared to the 57% finishing rate of the current champion.

Reigning champion, Shevchenko, is riding a four-fight winning streak since returning to the flyweight division. Shevchenko won the vacant flyweight title with a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk and has defended the title twice against the two opponents that got the better of Chookagian.

Shevchenko scored a brutal head kick knockout over the aforementioned Eye and, most recently, cruised to a unanimous decision over Carmouche.

The show doesn’t officially have a venue as of yet, or even a name as it depends on whether Conor McGregor returns in January and the UFC host a pay-per-view before their February show.