Katlyn Chookagian (@BlondeFighter) knows about fighting, because she does it for a living.

She joined Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) on Rear-Naked Choke Radio to break down the UFC 196 fights, adding her cagey insight to the match-ups between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, and the women’s 135-pound title fight between Holly Holm (another blonde fighter) and Miesha Tate.

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Chookagian is the Cage Fury Fighting Championships’ 125-pound champion. She defends her title March 19 at the 2300 Center in Philadelphia. In addition to being a rising force at flyweight, Chookagian (6-0 professional, 7-0 amateur) is a fan and student of MMA.

She dove into mental and physical analysis of McGregor-Diaz and Holm-Tate, and gave her front-row, eye-witness account of the ill-fated side-show Bellator card that featured Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie, and Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000.

Other topics included women in Bellator MMA, the state of Invicta FC, the effects of switching weight classes like McGregor, Frankie Edgar’s injury, Corey Anderson’s nickname, predictions for UFC 196 and why she must follow Robin Black (@RobinBlackMMA).

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and on YouTube.

About The Author

Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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