UFC Vegas 46: Giga Chikadze vs Calvin Kattar: Prediction and Analysis

Published 01/14/2022, 8:52 AM EST


UFC Vegas 46 is now closer than it has ever been. The Fight Night will mark the opening event for the UFC for the new year 2022. There is no doubt that the promotion has chosen some electrifying fighters to start off the year. The event will go down on the 15th of January at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. The main event of the night will feature an exciting featherweight bout between Giga Chikadze and Calvin Kattar.

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Both fighters are in incredible form right now. The two are one of the best strikers in the featherweight division. A win for either of them would guarantee them to be one step closer to a title shot.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 28: Giga Chikadze of Georgia reacts after his knockout victory over Edson Barboza of Brazil in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 28, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Giga Chikadze is currently on a nine-fight win streak. The fighter has been undefeated during his time at the UFC. He has crushed fighters like Edson Barboza and Cub Swanson.

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Calvin Kattar has no less of a resume. Many consider him to be one of the best boxers in the division right now. Kattar showed incredible skills in his fights against Dan Ige, Max Holloway, and Jeremy Stephens.

UFC Vegas 46: Giga Chikadze vs. Calvin Kattar

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From both of them, Chikadze has a slight edge on the striking field. The former kickboxer is extremely creative with his striking and has incredible footwork. He’s got immense power and his strikes seem to be much faster and explosive compared to what we’ve seen from Kattar.

However, Kattar has been a part of five-round fights before and is extremely durable. He’s got a great chin and can pose a threat to Chikadze if he can manage to take the fight to the end. He also has a good takedown defense.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: Calvin Kattar prepares to fight Max Holloway in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Chikadze seems to be the stronger competitor going into the Fight at UFC Vegas 46. This is owing to his creative and intricate striking, and his ability to tactically destroy his opponents the way he has before. He’s got greater speed and very creative techniques.

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Who do you think will walk away with the win this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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