A shot at the UFC women’s flyweight title likely awaits the winner of Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Andrade at UFC Fight Night 180, where the underdog boasts some key advantages over the newcomer.
Andrade (20-8) is the -159 favorite with Sugarhouse NJ to make a statement in the division despite this being her first test at 125 pounds, giving ammunition to believe an upset could be on the card.
Both fighters made weight for what is a fascinating contrast in the co-main event, where Chookagian (14-3) holds an eight-inch advantage in height and six inches in reach:
New Jersey bettors can capitalise on Chookagian’s +130 odds, especially after Andrade has suffered defeats in each of her last two bouts—against Zhang Weili (TKO) and Rose Namajunas (decision)—both of which were at strawweight.
UFC Fight Night 180 Info
Date: Saturday, October 17
Venue: Flash Forum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Prelims: 4 p.m. ET (9 p.m. BST)
Main Card: 7 p.m. ET (12 a.m. BST)
Chookagian vs. Andrade Betting Preview & Prediction
Andrade most recent clash with Namajunas in particular should provide some blueprint to success for Chookagian. “Thug Rose” was bombarded with blows en route to a split decision win over the Brazilian, but the result was all that counted after she kept her foe on the outside enough to convince the judges.
Chookagian, 31, made headlines this week in relation to her comments about wanting to end her fight career before starting a family, per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, though she later dismissed rumors retirement is in her immediate future:
Interesting note on Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) who fights Jessica Andrade, she told me she's really looking forward to starting a family and when she does, she likely won't return to MMA. Even considered making her last fight her final one. Taking it fight by fight.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 13, 2020
The technical brawler style of Andrade gives credit to her favorite status, but getting on the inside of an opponent who has only been finished once in 17 fights could prove elusive.
In truth, ground options could prove most sensible for Andrade, who has seven submission wins and is +700 to tap Saturday’s foe with William Hill $500 promo. However, a combination of her back-to-back losses and Chookagian’s physical advantages are enough to convince the less fancied fighter looks the best bet n this occasion.
Chookagian vs. Andrade Odds
Jessica Andrade: -159
Katlyn Chookagian: +130
Prediction: Chookagian via decision