According to a July 28 tweet from Gina “Jellybean” Begley, fight week has finally arrived for the Kentucky MMA standout.
“Fight week! @NAAFS @JasonDBK @AFSACADEMY @jessamynduke @AdamFritz1 @EBartee @BluegrassMMA,” Begley tweeted.
Begley returns to the cage on Aug. 3rd at NAAFS Caged Vengeance 14 in Carrollton, Ohio, against 24-year-old New Jersey submission ace Katlyn Chookagian.
“Jellybean” is coming off a second-round stoppage of Shannon Culpepper, while Chookagian looks to extend her win streak after tapping out Hernan Avila on March 9 in Atlantic City.
Both warriors are elite submission experts, with five victories between them by way of chokes or armbars.
Begley has had great success with submissions in the past, having stopped Trinity Jostmeyer and Sarah Cook by way of RNC prior to her recent victory over Culpepper.
However, Chookagian is a bit of a submission ace in her own right, as she utilized a crisp armbar technique to finish both Avila and Barbara Bowman.
Neither fighter will enjoy much of a hometown advantage, with Begley traveling five hours from her hometown in Kentucky to the Veteran’s Hall in Ohio. Chookagian’s trip should be a few hours longer, as she’ll be traveling from northern New Jersey.
Begley admits she doesn’t know much about her opponent, and that is by choice. There’s not a lot of fight video available on Chookagian, besides one or two grainy YouTube posts.
What fight fans do know about Chooagian is that she’s a Renzo Gracie Blue Belt who sports a 2-0 record and comes from a legit MMA school.
Begley is a tad more well-known around the WMMA community, having competed in events across the country, to go along with her superb media work as host of Pro WMMA Now.
Begley and Chookagian are about even when it comes to the tale of the tape, as both stand in close to the 5-foot-9 mark.
“Jellybean” typically enjoys a nice height and reach advantage in her fights due to her lanky frame, but that won’t be the case this time around.
Chookagian is similarly tall and skinny, which could help her neutralize Begley’s standup game.
In all likelihood, this is a fight that will end up on the ground and be finished via armbar.
Begley has been busy working on her overall Jiu-Jitsu game, while Chookagian is undoubtedly working hard doing the same. This is a fight that has fireworks written all over it, and very well may end up as “Fight of the Night” on a card that also features several other fast-rising WMMA stars.
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