A pivotal flyweight match between Katlyn Chookagian and Manon Fiorot will take place a little later than originally planned.
Several people familiar with the promotion’s plans have confirmed to MMA Fighting that the fight between Chookagian and Fiorot will now take place at UFC 280 instead of UFC Paris in September. UFC 280 takes place on October 22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. RMC Sports was the first to report the new date.
Chookagian, ranked No. 4 in the MMA Fighting World Rankings, has won four straight since suffering a first-round stoppage loss to Jessica Andrade, her last appearance leading to a split decision victory over Amanda Ribas in from May’s UFC Vegas 54 event.
Fiorot is 4-0 inside the octagon, which includes a recent win over former flyweight title challenger Jennifer Maia at UFC Columbus in March. The No. 8 ranked flyweight in MMA Fighting’s World Rankings has a pair of promotional finishes over Victoria Leonardo and Tabatha Ricci and hasn’t tasted defeat since dropping a split decision in her pro debut against Leah McCourt in June 2018.
The fight joins an already stacked lineup that includes Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev battling for the vacant lightweight title in the main event, while Aljamain Sterling defends his bantamweight championship in the co-main event against the former titleholder TJ Dillashaw.