The week of a big title fight or main event is often jam-packed for UFC fighters. A lot is at stake when your face is on the poster and you finally get the opportunity to put your life’s work on the biggest of stages to better your career. This isn’t something fighters normally admit to dealing with during fight week.
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“I’m just treating it as any other fight,” is a common response to the pressures of a title fight.
“My last fight was super important for me because it showed I’m not just a striker,” Chookagian said about her win over Antonina Shevchenko in May. “I’ve always known that, but my performances are mostly striking. Everyone thought I got better at wrestling. I think that the pressure of the title fight was off, so I was able to just go in there and fight like I do in the gym.”