UFC on ESPN 32 ‘Kattar vs. Chikadze’

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    Ultimate Fighting Championship
    barely made it to the first
    finish line of 2022, with a 10-fight offering that brought little
    in the way of entertainment value until the last few matches. The
    main event delivered as anticipated, thus elevating this event from
    a major disappointment to one where several key pieces of
    information were discerned.
    UFC on ESPN 32
    featured the end of a wonderfully bizarre
    streak, an eye-popping strike total in the headliner and unorthodox
    holiday-themed walkout music.

    Like An Andy Capp Comic: When the dust settled,
    and Giga
    threw 749
    significant strikes
    at one another, with 402 coming from Kattar
    and the remaining 347 from Chikadze. In the process, these two
    featherweights cracked the top 10
    for the most significant strikes attempted in a single UFC fight,
    clocking in beneath Kamaru
    vs. Colby
    ’s first 755-strike battle in 2019.

    Y’all Musta Forgot Calvin: A personal best for
    Kattar, he landed 144
    significant strikes
    on Chikadze, including 127 to the head.
    “The Boston Finisher” connected with almost as many significant
    strikes as the Georgian’s previous six opponents combined (161 in

    Saved By the Bell: The Massachusetts native landed
    a knockdown towards the tail end of the fifth round. In the prior
    four UFC bouts that Kattar had dropped a foe, he had recorded a
    finish; Chikadze survived to the final bell.

    The Shoe’s On the Other Foot: The former Glory
    featherweight tournament finalist suffered a knockdown for the
    first time since joining the roster. To that point, Chikadze had
    racked up six knockdowns, including at least one in each of his
    last five outings, but he had yet to be dropped.

    Five-Round Cardio of Sorts: Win or lose, Chikadze
    had yet to go into the fifth round as a professional MMA fighter
    until Kattar pushed him there. While he had reached Round 5 as a
    kickboxer, those rounds are only three minutes in length.

    Phase 1 vs. Phase 2: Chikadze’s first four UFC
    bouts – all decisions – went his way without much additional
    fanfare. Since his knockout of Jamey
    in 2020, each of his last four outings has been
    accompanied by post-fight bonuses, including the “Fight of the
    Night” check he split with Kattar.

    But Why Was It the Co-Main? Jake
    submitted Chase
    around the midpoint of the fight for the second
    stoppage of the night. In doing so, Collier handed Sherman his
    eighth loss on the roster, and “The Vanilla Gorilla” is now tied
    for the seventh-most defeats in UFC heavyweight history alongside
    names like Alistair
    and Junior dos
    . Andrei
    ’s 14 are the most, but he also holds the most wins as

    The Perfect Imperfect Streak: Collier made his UFC
    debut in 2014 at middleweight, losing by knockout to Vitor
    . He won his next fight, and then lost the one after,
    following that pattern to date. The now-heavyweight Collier has
    gone 10 straight bouts without amassing consecutive victories or

    He Likes It Raw: For just the second time in his
    19-fight career, Brandon
    won by decision. “Raw Dawg” saw his career finish rate
    lowered to 85% in victory over Rogerio
    , and notched his first win at the hands of the judges
    since beating Charles
    at LFA 48 in 2018.

    Got Maia’s Number: Katlyn
    officially entered into her 10th UFC flyweight bout
    when she faced and defeated Jennifer
    , placing her one short of Gillian
    for the most in the history of the division. Of note,
    Chookagian’s first match with Maia came at a catchweight after Maia
    missed weight.

    Fuzzy Flyweight Math: If counting the first Maia
    win among those at flyweight as Chookagian successfully made
    weight, Chookagian has recorded eight wins in the division since
    dropping to the division in 2018. She ties champ Valentina
    for the most triumphs in UFC flyweight history.

    150 Long Minutes of History: No matter the weight
    division, every one of Chookagian’s 10 UFC wins has come by
    decision. She is now the first fighter in UFC history to record her
    first 10 victories all on the scorecards.

    Slava Claws Out: Earning the lone knockout of the
    night along with a $50,000 check for his effort, Viacheslav
    folded Dakota Bush
    with body shots to force the first-round stoppage. “Slava”
    celebrates a knockout rate of 83% in his young career, with each of
    his last four wins knockouts within two rounds.

    Tire Brito Out, Check: Bill Algeo
    handled newcomer Joanderson
    to win a unanimous decision. While his last six outings
    have all reached the final bell, it was only the second time Brito
    had fought 15 minutes in his last 11 fights dating back to

    Ugly Fight: After three grueling rounds, Jamie
    won a decision over UFC debutant Joseph
    . “Ugly Man Joe” posts a 100% finish rate when he wins,
    while he has only been beaten on the scorecards.

    Crusher Gonna Crush: By beating Ramiz
    in a clear-cut decision, Court McGee
    finds himself on his first win streak since 2013. “The Crusher” has
    not finished a foe since 2010, spanning 17 fights and eight

    Strong Streak Shattered: Stepping up on extremely
    short notice and up a division, Charles
    lost a decision to T.J. Brown.
    The defeat put “Boston Strong” on the first losing streak of his
    UFC tenure, and ended a record-tying stretch of 11 straight fights
    where he had alternated wins and losses.

    Never Say Never Again: Coming into UFC on ESPN 32,
    Sherman had never been submitted (23 fights), Bush had never been
    knocked out (11 fights) and Brito had never lost on the scorecards
    (15 fights).

    Christmas Cheer: Walking out to a mashup starting
    with Christmas song “Jingle Bells” before leading into “Good Day” by Greg
    Street featuring Nappy Roots
    , Borshchev is the first fighter in
    UFC history to select this holiday music as his walkout tune.
    “Slava Claus” went on to record the only stoppage due to strikes of
    the evening.

    Great Song, Not So Much About the Artist: With
    McGee getting his hand raised after “Stranglehold” by Ted
    played as his walkout music, the win percentage of the
    rock hit lifted above .700. As such, it accompanies the highest win
    rate of any music with at least 20 recorded uses.


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