Who Should Fight Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Women's Flyweight Title?
By now you have probably heard all of the controversy surround the UFC Women’s Flyweight Title. Nicco Montano was hospitalized on the day of the weigh-ins for UFC 228 and was unable to compete against Valentina Shevchenko. She was later stripped of the title, leaving its future in limbo.
On the latest Female Fight Fans podcast, it was discussed what should be done with the title in regards to challengers. We know “The Bullet” will be involved, but who will join her? With a division with so many question marks, only three ladies truly stand out.
Here are the top three women who should fight for the Flyweight Title:
The number nine ranked fighter in the UFC’s official flyweight rankings, Jessica Rose-Clark (9-5 (1NC)) is an interesting commodity. She’s 3-1 in the UFC, and 2-1 in the flyweight division. At age 30, the stock of “Jessy Jess” can only go up from here.
With all of these accolades, there is one problem: her last fight was a loss to the next person on this list…
2. Jessica Eye
The 32-year-old Ohioan is an impressive fighter in today’s UFC. Eye (13-6 (1 NC)) is number eight in the rankings. Her record in the UFC may not be sexy (3-5 (1NC)), but her two-fight win streak certainly is.
One point to note was that she had a long losing streak a while back, but it was against a murders’ row of fighters. The fights that she impressed the most in were these bouts, against the likes of Miesha Tate, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann and Bethe Correia.
However, there is one fighter who might trump both ladies…
3. Katlyn Chookagian
At 11-1, the “Blonde Fighter” might be the best choice as a title contender. Number three in the UFC’s official flyweight rankings, Chookagian is a true force to be reckoned with in the 125 lb. and below club. She is on a three-fight win streak and has won two in a row in her return to the division she debuted in when she went 6-0 to start her career.
Chookagian’s last fight, a unanimous decision victory against Alexis Davis at UFC on Fox 30, was a true coming out party for her. Her precise kicks were deadly, making her someone to fear in a very young division.
The former CFFC Women’s Flyweight Champion would be a perfect fit when you think about location. Chookagian was fight ready by the time UFC 228 rolled around, and “The Bullet” has been waiting long enough. Why not fight in front of a New York City crowd at UFC 230? The “hometown” feel for the “Blonde Fighter” could result in a great fight atmosphere, especially if done right.