The report from Helwani also states that fighters could serve as the backup in case Valentina Shevchenko and/or Joanna Jedzrejczyk are unable to compete for the vacant women’s flyweight title at UFC 231.
Chookagian (11-1-0) enters the contest while in the midst of a three fight winning streak, having defeated the trio of Irene Aldana, Mara Romero Borella and Alexis Davis. Chookagian has suffered just a single defeat as a professional MMA fighter and that came against Liz Carmouche at UFC 205. Chookagian is also a former Cage Fury Fighting Championships Women’s Flyweight Champion, defeating Isabelly Varela to claim the gold in January of 2016.
Eye (13-6-0-1NC) has been undefeated since dropping to the women’s flyweight division, defeating the duo of Jessica-Rose Clark and Kalindra Faria. Eye won just one of seven when competing in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division, with that lone win coming over Leslie Smith at UFC 180. Eye has seen her last six fights go the distance and it has been almost four years since the fighter got a finish.
UFC 231 takes place on Saturday, December 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Max Holloway and Brian Ortega headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.