It has been too long since we’ve had violence!
Hello people who are expecting Le and Dave, I’m Matt Ryan and this is where you will see a lock UFC pick for the first UFC card of 2022.
Jennifer Maia vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – 10:05 PM EST at UFC Apex Center
Sure Dana White and the UFC are raising the prices on pay per view, baiting Jake Paul into a no-win situation all the while not paying fighters more money cause “reasons,” but the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns for the 29th year with a card that will make it hard for anyone to really apply a lock to, which just shows the quality of UFC matchmaking in situations like these.
While it may be a bit of a pain in the ass to find the diamond in the rough to wager your money on to buy that solid gold pinwheel hat everyone in the world wants (I heard it is the ultimate status symbol), we’re gonna find the one fight on this card that has the best chance of having you have a bigger bank account than you did at the start of the evening.
We do have a rematch on this card in the co-main event as Katlyn Chookagian goes up against Jennifer Maia as they run back their fight at UFC 244, where Maia missed weight for the second straight fight. As we all know, that ain’t good.
As we all know, that ain’t good.
Despite that and a loss to Chookagian, Maia would end up fighting for the UFC Women’s Flyweight title in 2020 due to the submission of Joanne Calderwood and then being drubbed by Valentina Shevchenko in the said title fight.
For Chookagian, she’s won two of her last three, with the loss coming to the ever-dangerous Jéssica Andrade on Fight Island in late 2020 due to a TKO, which will more than likely not happen here as Maia only has four TKO/KO wins in her career and the only people to get a win like that over Chookagian are Andrade and the aforementioned Shevchenko.
This fight is not a lock on who will win (even though I do believe Chookagian will get the dub on Saturday night), but on the over.
Chookagian is a -175 at BetOnline when it comes to the spread (3.5 points) and while it’ll probably be a 29-28 fight, for the goes, the distance odds are set at -300, and the over 2.5 rounds are -350.
These are not sexy UFC odds by any means, but these are the closest to a lock we may see on this card knowing the two fighters and having a sample in their first fight against each other as mentioned earlier in this article.
If you want to parlay all of that w/ a Chookagian win, you’ll have a slightly tasty night at the fights.
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