Sometimes success can be a bad thing. For flyweight Katlyn Chookagian, racking up seven wins in the amateur ranks over the course of two years might have slowed down her efforts after turning pro last year.
Since stepping up into the pros in June of last year, Chookagian has only had four fights, mostly because it seems other fighters avoid her because she’s been so successful.
“Right away I got a (pro) fight, and then fought two months later, and then I just had a couple months where I had a lot of trouble finding fights,” Chookagian told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s hard because a lot of girls are signed to the UFC or Invicta, and the ones who aren’t, it seems like they’re a little bit more scared of getting a loss on their record or whatever it is.”
Chookagian was able to double her fight total in May in Hungary, when she took part in a single-night tournament.
“I had two fights in one night, which is nice because on my record it kind of made up for lost time,” said Chookagian. “It was definitely a good experience. I don’t know if I’d jump on the opportunity to do it again, but to wake up the next day and have two wins on your record is pretty nice.”
Chookagian (4-0) will have her third fight of 2015 when she fights for Cage Fury Fighting Championships on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., to take on former Olympian Ingrid Medrano (1-0) in a feature 125-pound bout.
“We were going to fight before, but she had trouble getting approved because she didn’t have as many fights on her record,” Chookagian said of Medrano. “I think she had a lot of fights out of country that weren’t really sanctioned, so the (athletic commission) didn’t count them.
“I know she was an Olympic wrestler for Ecuador, so hopefully she has a high pace and is down to scrap. I haven’t had an opponent with a strong wrestling background, so I’m definitely excited to test myself against that. I’m confident on the feet and on the ground, so wherever the fight goes, I feel like I have a little bit of an advantage.”
While she hasn’t been pro long, Chookagian has a wealth of experience, and is hoping with a good performance on Saturday to catch the eye of a larger promotion.
“I’ve only been a pro for a year, but I’ve been training for years,” said Chookagian. “So, the more fights I have, the more I can get my name out there. And fighting for an organization like the CFFC is great because in the past year they’ve had so many fighters go to the UFC.
“With all the girls getting signed by the UFC at once, it kind of motivates me to put on a better performance and force people to notice me.”