Thursday, September 15, 2016

Liz Carmouche vs Katlyn Chookagian added to Nov. 12 UFC show

This morning, Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported that Liz Carmouche vs Katlyn Chookagian has been added to UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I expect this to air on the prelims. Of course Liz will forever be known as Ronda Rousey's opponent in that first UFC women's fight back in 2013. Since then she's had mixed results and injury problems. The last time we saw her she won a very close but terrible fight over Lauren Murphy in Apr. 2015. Neither fighter performed very well. Liz was scheduled to fight Raquel Pennington in Sept. 2015 but she dropped out due to injury. I understand she was fully recovered a couple of months ago. Katlyn won her UFC debut over the same Lauren Murphy in August. Katlyn came in as a late replacement. Katlyn is a pretty good fighter but undersized for a Bantamweight. Katlyn got the win but I think it was more of a case where Lauren did nothing for 15 minutes and gave the fight away. Liz is a pretty good grappler so I would think she would want to take Katlyn down and take advantage of her size. With that in mind, Katlyn may want to keep her distance and throw jabs. Of course we could end up with a lot of pointless clinching against the fence and we're depending on the ref to dictate the pace. I hope not but both fighters have lacked aggression in the past. So I'm not very optimistic about the quality of this fight. Maybe it was all Lauren Murphy's fault.

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