On Saturday, January 15, UFC featherweight number five Calvin Kattar squares off against Georgia’s Giga Chikadze, currently ranked eight. Under the bright lights of the organization’s 130,000-square-foot Las Vegas headquarters, called the Apex, Kattar looks to rebound after being manhandled by Max Holloway last year while Chikadze, long considered a promising contender, aims to continue his ascent. There’s also a compelling women’s flyweight matchup between Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia (number two and four in their division, respectively), along with men’s lightweight and heavyweight bouts and the second showing of 26-year-old Joanderson Brito, a Brazilian on a 10-win streak who debuted last summer in Dana White’s Contender Series. If you’re wondering how to watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze (also know as UFC Vegas 46), you’ve come to the right place.
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How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze
Since its purchase in 2019, all non-title UFC fight nights are shown exclusively through ESPN+, a streaming subscription service. Want to know how to buy the UFC Fight Night? There’s a $7 monthly fee on ESPN+ for access, or you can pay an annual rate of $70 a year to save 15 percent. Additionally, because ESPN is owned by Disney, there’s also a bundled rate, which includes Disney+ and Hulu subscriptions, for $14 a month. Once your credit card info is in (sorry, no free trial), you can access live sports, including Kattar Vs. Chikadze, from your mobile device via the ESPN+ app, as well as on your smart TV and other connected devices, including Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Oculus Go.
Of course, an easy way of watching without paying the fee is to head to your nearest sports bar to catch the fight. Not sure if it will have it? Call ahead and ask if they carry ESPN+ for Business, which tailors its cost to the venue size. Major chains like Buffalo Wild Wings have had long-standing relationships and with the organization and are a safe bet when in a pinch.
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When to Watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze
Set your alarm to 7 p.m. Eastern this Saturday, January 15, for the opening of the card, with Brito touching gloves with Bill Algeo, who already has three fights in the UFC (two losses, one win). At least we think that’s the plan—at the time of this writing, Brito is currently undergoing COVID testing, and Algeo has taken to joking with the press that should fellow featherweight and main-event fighter Kattar also come down sick, Algeo is prepared to take on Chikadze. Think this is far-fetched? It’s not just the NFL that has players constantly coming in and out of coronavirus protocol, and the UFC already announced a host of card changes on Thursday. Will Brito come out clean? Will Chikadze end up boxing with a unicorn? In these pandemic times, the only thing we know for certain is that UFC president Dana White will have the first match of the main card start on time.
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Who to Watch at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Chikadze
At the time of this writing (and barring any major illness outbreaks), the card is as follows.
- Jamie Pickett vs Joseph Holmes
- Court McGee vs Ramiz Brahimaj
- Dakota Bush vs Viacheslav Borshchev
- Brian Kelleher vs Kevin Croom
- Charles Rosa vs T.J. Brown
- Kleydson Rodrigues vs Zarrukh Adashev
- Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze
- Katlyn Chookagian vs Jennifer Maia
- Brandon Royval vs Rogerio Bontorin
- Jake Collier vs Chase Sherman
- Bill Algeo vs Joanderson Brito
Kattar is a guy to watch. As previously mentioned, Max Holloway, who himself was coming off a championship loss the year before to Alexander Volkanovski, made a mockery of the fighter. Holloway dominated Kattar soundly, winning all five rounds of the main-event bout en route to setting numerous all-time UFC records, including total strikes landed and attempted, significant strikes landed and attempted, strike differential, distance strikes landed, and more. It was so lopsided, in fact, that Holloway looked to the commentary box mid-fight, yelled, “I’m the best boxer in the UFC!” and then punched Kattar in the face again. Needless to say, Kattar has some ground to make up as he attempts to regain a fanbase totally disillusioned. Simultaneously, Chikadze is on a seven-win streak and holds a perfect record in the UFC. He’s got a penchant for going long, with four of those wins coming to decision and a fifth to a third-round TKO. The resulting fireworks, as well as the match’s significance to both fighters’ careers, is a compelling story to witness.
Next, the women’s flyweight division is starting to pickup. Chookagian and Maia, its two- and four-seed, respectively, are battling it out at the heights. But at its peak is the the number-one contender, Jessica Andrade, who masticates fighters, and the reigning champ, the technically perfect Valentina Shevchenko. If iron sharpens iron, then Saturday’s matchup needs to throw a hell of a lot of sparks, because the only thing to follow is the one-two razorblades of the division’s leaders.
Finally, from main to undercard, there will undoubtably come some compelling matches. But our one to watch? Check out Russian Viacheslav Borshchev, a 30-year-old striker new to the promotion. His singular UFC match before Saturday displayed Canelo Alvarez-esque counters and a round-two check hook KO. Yeah, he can kick, but on Saturday, his fists will likely do the talking.
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