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Chikadze vs Kattar: prediction and bets on UFC Apex, January 15, 2022

Match info

On the night between Saturday and Sunday (January 15 at 6 p.m. local time; January 16 at 5 a.m. Moscow time), the MMA fight within the league tournament UFC Apex will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In the main battle of the evening, Georgian fighter Giga Chikadze will face American Calvin Kattar.

Meeting statistics

The fight between Chikadze and Kattar will be held in the featherweight category. The former is ranked 8th in the official UFC Candidates Rankings, while Kattar is 5th.

The current form of Chikadze

When Chikadze entered the UFC (September 2019), only a few believed in him. Well, the Georgian really needed to expand his fan base because, in his first fights in the league, he fought unmemorably. Yes, he was winning, but doing it by decisions, and even that not unanimously. This continued until the end of 2020 when something clicked in Chikadze’s head. The 33-year-old fighter changed, recalled that he was a karate player, and began to knock out opponents, winning the last three fights this way. Naturally, he jumped into the Top-15 of the featherweight division and earned the right to lead the first UFC tournament in 2022, though he can lead it officially in the case of beating Kattar.

Chikadze held his last fight in August against the legendary Edson Barboza. The Georgian took the first round due to the fact that he cleverly interrupted the rival at a distance. Then, he gave away the second round, when the Brazilian became more active. The climax came in the third round with a precise knee blow after which Barboza slowed down, failed to produce a powerful attack from his hands, tried to escape in the stalls, but failed to recover, and was finished off.

The current form of Kattar

Kattar fought his last match in January 2021 against the countryman Max Holloway and lost on points. It was a challenger duel, and Holloway set a bunch of league records back then. In that fight, he delivered 445 accented punches, which was a UFC record. Previously, in no single duel did fighters perform more than 400 of these punches for two. Holloway also has a record for the number of blows to the head – 274, and to the body – 117. It’s difficult to say how Kattar will return to the cage a year after such a beating, but his skills as a finisher, nevertheless, certainly didn’t vanish, there’s definitely no doubt in that.

Chikadze vs Kattar comparison

Before making a prediction, it will be very useful to compare the objective indicators of the two fighters.

indicatorchikadzekattar
age3333
growth183cm180cm
record14-222-5
early victories1013
ufc record7-06-3
the last fightaugust 28, 2021january 16, 2021
winning streak90

Match analytics

This match is very difficult to predict. We can say only one thing for sure – the fight will take place in a standing position, Kattar will press, and Chikadze will hit from a distance. Perhaps the bookmakers with iOS apps are somewhat right, considering the Georgian fighter as the favorite, but we bet that the American didn’t waste time and became stronger and smarter over the past year. He understands that defeat in the upcoming match will be the beginning of the end of his professional career.

In short, the odds in our opinion are 50-50, and that’s why we’ll choose Kattar as the winner. The odds for it are much better, and the bet looks valuable – the bookmaker QuinnBet offers an odd of 2.88 for the victory of an American fighter.

Results of the forecast

Successful forecast. Victory Kattar

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