The 31 year-old Shevchenko from Kyrgyzstan was last in action in August last year, when she beat the American Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche by unanimous decision.
In doing so she avenged her first ever loss, when Carmouche beat her in a C3 fight way back in 2010. The only other fighter to beat Shevchenko is the Brazilian Amanda Nunes, who has done so twice in closely fought contests.
The 31 year-old American Chookagian is the No. 1 ranked contender and last fought in November last year, when she beat the Brazilian Jennifer Maia on a unanimous decision.
Chookagian is a strong grappler and brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She is also a volume striker with good movement, but all her wins in the UFC to date have come via decision – she is somewhat lacking in KO power. It seems unlikely that will be the case against a fighter with Shevchenko’s qualities.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Katlyn Chookagian Betting Lines & Tips
In terms of UFC 247 predictions, the reality is that the defending champion looks the superior fighter in just about every area, so it’s little wonder that she’s the overwhelming favourite at what are nigh on unbackable odds.
Therefore the tip is in the Method of Victory market, where Shevchenko to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification is available at odds of +300 (4.00) with Betway.