UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze Parlay
It’s been a year since the last time Calvin Kattar entered the ring. He took on Max Holloway in the headline fight of the first UFC event broadcast on ABC, and he took an absolute beating but managed to go the distance. That performance has led to Giga Chikadze being a sizeable favorite in the headline fight of the first UFC event of the 2022 calendar year.
UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze will take place on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+ from UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze Picks
Calvin Kattar +195 vs. Giga Chikadze
Coming into this fight, Calvin Kattar is ranked No. 5 in the UFC Featherweight rankings. He may have lost to Max Holloway by a unanimous decision, but he secured a unanimous decision win over Dan Ige in July 2020 and scored a second-round knockout of Jeremy Stephens two months before that. Kattar is at a little bit of a size disadvantage though, as his reach is two inches less than his opponent.
Giga Chikadze has not lost a fight since June 2018. Chikadze has won nine straight bouts, rising up the ranks of the UFC Featherweight division with his performances. However, two of his wins came by split decision, and he hasn’t taken on the same quality of fighters as Kattar. His last three wins earned him Performance of the Night bonuses due to early knockouts, but he shouldn’t be this much of a favorite.
Katlyn Chookagian -180 vs. Jennifer Maia
This is the second time that Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia have faced off. Chookagian won a unanimous decision over Maia at UFC 244 although Maia came in overweight, and she should be more of a favorite considering her recent form over the last three years. Her only two losses came against UFC Women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and former UFC Women’s Strawweight champion Jessica Andrade.
Maia lost a unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship at UFC 255. Her only UFC win within the distance was against Joanne Calderwood, but she is 4-3 in this promotion and hasn’t shown a lot of power. That doesn’t bode well for her chances against Chookagian here.
Brandon Royval -170 vs. Rogerio Bontorin
Both Brandon Royval and Rogerio Bontorin are in prove it fights. Royval won his first two bouts after joining the UFC, but he has lost to Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja in his last two fights. Meanwhile, Bontorin is 3-2 since joining the UFC, and he missed weight in his last fight against Matt Schnell back in May.
Royval is the pick here as he has the size advantage. He is four inches taller than Bontorin, and his reach is an inch longer. This fight is likely to end by submission with Royval winning eight of his 12 fights by submission, while 11 of Bontorin’s 17 wins have come by submission.
Parlay Payout: $100 to win $628.82