The UFC returns to our screens for another action-filled fight card from the Apex Center in Las Vegas. Top-ranked featherweight contenders Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze will meet in the center of the octagon.
Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 10:05 PM EST at UFC Apex Center
Calvin Kattar (22-5-0)
It will be twelve long months since we saw Calvin Kattar enter the octagon, and we shouldn't be surprised at his time spent away from action following a five-round slugfest versus Max Holloway. Most known for his crisp, technical, and precise boxing output, many are surprised to know that Kattar's martial arts tenure initially began on the wrestling mats.
We rarely get to witness the American native change levels because his main priority is to inflict damage with his fists. A return fight against one of the top 135lb prospects won't be a simple task for Kattar, but he's undoubtedly the man for the challenge.
Calvin Kattar MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Fight of the Night (Three times)
Giga Chikadze (14-2-0)
The latest addition to the UFC's featherweight division to make serious waves is Giga Chikadze. A 33-year-old Georgian native who stems from a background in kickboxing, amassing a record of 38-6 between the years of 2008 to 2017.
However, Chikadze's love for combat sports initially began with Goju-Ryu Karate, a discipline in which he owns a third-degree black belt. Such skills saw Chikadze dominant in the GLORY kickboxing promotion before an eventual switch to mixed martial arts led him into the UFC octagon.
Since his promotional debut in 2019, Chikadze owns a 7-0 winning streak and three consecutive stoppages from his most recent bouts. Now scheduled to face Calvin Kattar, fans should anticipate yet another striking battle. Fortunately for Chikadze, the UFC has matched him with striking-based fighters, an area of the fight game where he truly excels.
Giga Chikadze MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Performance of the Night (Three times)
UFC Pick: Giga Chikadze -140 with BetOnline
Kattar vs. Chikadze Breakdown and Analysis
Kattar Fight Style and How Can Kattar Defeat Chikadze?
Kattar's greatest success comes inside the pocket, where he can unleash a violent boxing offense. Traditional 1-2 combinations with a mixture of shots high and low can soon accumulate favoritism from the cage side judges.
Although it would go against his usual style, Kattar should revert to his days on the wrestling mats. The easiest method to eliminate Chikadze's chance of success would be to steer this contest away from a kickboxing approach.
Chikadze Fight Style and How Can Chikadze Defeat Kattar?
Again, a diverse range of strikes gives us multiple possibilities or potential paths to victory for Chikadze on the feet. Still, the Georgian's most likely route to success will be fighting at range and carefully selecting his shots.
Watching Chikadze flourish versus the elite level of striking that Edson Barboza has to offer was a warning signal to the entire featherweight division. Not only can this man strike, but he can also brutally end your night.
Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze Betting Picks and UFC in Vegas 46 Odds
The available betting odds at Bookmakers Review have continuously gained more steam towards Chikadze since their initial opening. While I believe Kattar will falter to avoid an all-around striking battle and suffer defeat, I struggle to support the -230 price tag on the favorite.
With that said, my UFC in Vegas 46 main event betting prediction is drawn towards the totals market. Kattar and Chikadze have proven their durability, making the over 2 ½ (-175) rounds a likely outcome for next weekend's main event.
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