Calvin Kattar-Giga Chikadze prediction, odds, pick

    The main event of UFC Vegas 46 sees an excellent striking battle between two featherweights, Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. The winner could either find themselves getting the next title shot or get very close to one. The stakes are very high for both men as they look to advance in both the division and their careers. The fight on paper seems like a matchup between a boxer and a kickboxer. Thatโ€™s a simple way of looking at this weekendโ€™s UFC main event. Nonetheless, in this post weโ€™ll be making our Calvin Kattar-Giga Chikadze prediction using specific odds.

    Giga Chikadze had a huge 2021 that saw him breakthrough in the division and prove himself as an elite striker in MMA. Chikadze is currently 7-0 in the UFC and has three finishes in his last three bouts. His elite wins are over Edson Barboza and Cub Swanson. Both fights saw him dominate in his stand-up and especially with his body kicking game. Chikadze is on the cusp of a title shot and could very well face the winner of Alexander Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie at UFC 273.

    Calvin Kattar has been fighting the best featherweights ever since he got into the UFC. He holds impressive knockout victories over Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas, and Shane Burgos. Kattar is primarily a boxer and is known for his incredible toughness. His last fight against Max Holloway was a devasted loss as he was dominated in the stand-up for all five rounds. He absorbed a record number of strikes. A year later, he looks to avenge his loss and prove heโ€™s one of the best at featherweight.

    Here are the UFC Vegas 46 odds, featuring our Calvin Kattar-Giga Chikadze prediction, courtesy of FanDuel.

    UFC Vegas 46 odds: Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze odds

    Calvin Kattar (+200)

    Giga Chikadze (-245)

    Over 3.5 rounds (-126)

    Under 3.5 rounds (-102)

    How Giga Chikadze wins the fight at UFC Vegas 46

    Giga Chikadze has more tools in his arsenal with his well-rounded kickboxing game. He has been finding his groove in his past couple of fights and he has been finishing high-level opponents. Calvin Kattar doesnโ€™t get finished though and his toughness has been the stuff of legends. The question coming into this one is how much the Max Holloway fight affected him and his ability to take damage. Chikadze will be looking to push the pace against Kattar and control the tempo. The Georgian featherweight is going to have to keep Kattar on the back foot and force him to cover up. The body kick is a great weapon when it comes to sapping cardio and finding the finish. The most likely victory is either through finishing the fight early on or controlling the fight for most of the rounds. Chikadze either finds a finish or wins a decision.

    How Calvin Kattar wins the fight at UFC Vegas 46

    Calvin Kattar is flying under the radar, based on his last fight against Max Holloway. Holloway is an elite fighter and many consider him the greatest featherweight of all time. Giga Chikadze has the potential to be great but he has yet to fight someone on the level of Kattar. Kattar, to his credit, has excellent boxing and a good wrestling game. Out striking Chikadze is going to be very difficult so wrestling is going to play a big part. Kattar also has great cardio and has proven that he can go all five rounds. Should he mix up his boxing and wrestling, he can win rounds against Chikadze and win a decision. His striking is dangerous too. Heโ€™s knocked-out fighters that donโ€™t usually get knocked out, like Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens. He could very well land a clean punch that finishes the fight at any moment. The most likely scenario is he plays it safe and does what he needs to do in order to win a decision.

    Calvin Kattar-Giga Chikadze prediction & pick

    This is the kind of fight that can end at any moment. Both men have knockout power and experience. Calvin Kattarโ€™s wrestling is going to be the biggest factor in figuring out who wins the fight. Should the Boston native choose to use his wrestling, he can win rounds and tire out Chikadze. The Georgian can control the pace on the feet and effectively win the fight against a frustrated opponent. The fight is incredibly close and the odds donโ€™t do it justice. The most likely outcome is Giga Chikadze finds his rhythm on the feet and wins a fun yet close fight against Calvin Kattar, winning a decision.

    Final Calvin Kattar-Giga Chikadze UFC 269 pick:

    Giga Chikadze wins by decision.

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