Mixed Martial Arts has been a mainstream sport for some time now. Names like Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Johny Hendricks have all become household names. In the past few years though, we’ve seen an uprising of female fighters stealing the spotlight. The fights between Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate, Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano, and Sarah Kaufman vs. Leslie Smith are all great technical fights that prove that women belong in combat sports.
Katlyn Chookagian is a Renzo Gracie purple-belt who trains out of All Star BJJ located in Kenilworth, New Jersey. A former Golden Gloves Champion, she will be making her pro MMA debut in 2014, leaving behind a blemish-free record of 7-0 as an MMA amature.
Chookagian spends most of her mornings training at Ricardo Almeida's gym with some of the best lightweights in the world, such as Frankie Edgar and Edson Barboza. While most of her bartending peers are still in bed, she’s off to her second workout of the day at Test Sports Club. At Test, Chookagian works on her speed, agility and strength, in the same room as some of the best football players in NFL.
Having no hobbies or cable, Chookagian still only 25 years old chooses to study sports psychology in her free time, to better her mental game in the cage. There aren’t many fighters with her athletic ability and work ethic. Legendary Renzo Gracie feels she will be the next champion to come out of their camp. These are high praises considering this is the same team that has produced such world champions as George St Pierre, Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar and Matt Serra.
Katlyn Chookagian, is better know as Blonde Fighter to her fans and peers, is definitely a name you will hear being announced as one of the best female fighters in MMA by next year. Be sure to follow her on twitter and instagram @blondefighter. Also check out her website Blondefighter.com.
Buddhasport.com would like to thank Katlyn for letting us follow her around all day. Another big thank you goes out to All Star BJJ, RABJJ, and Test Sports Club for making us feel at home in your gyms.
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