Ranked fifth in the The UFC featherweight standings, Calvin Kattar is known to take on some of the toughest fighters in the division. After a battle against Max Holloway, he heads to UFC Vegas 46 on January 15 against a rapidly expanding, eighth-ranked Giga Chikadze.
For Kattar, this fight is a chance to redeem himself. It’s also an opportunity to put an end to all the hype around Chikadze, who has won seven in a row with the UFC. Kattar believes 33-year-old Chikadze still has a lot to learn. Kattar is more than ready to teach him a thing or two.
“Barboza was a good W, man. He (Chikadze) did what he had to do with the guys he fought against,” Kattar declared to UFC. “Credit to him, and now he has the fight he was asking for. He has a lot to prove because he had a lot to say.”
Chikadze turned pro in 2015. Losing to Austin Springer in Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, Chikadze returned to the UFC in 2019. Chikadze’s last three wins, including his last game against Edson Barboza in August, ended with TKO. Chat with MMA Junkie, Chikadze thinks he’s ready for a title shot against champion Alexander Volkanovski, especially if he beats Kattar.
This is one of the many reasons why Chikadze called him on social networks few months ago. Chikadze also called himself the people’s champion, something he would need to support along with his gossip. It’s a fight that can turn things around in a featherweight division that has focused on Volkanovski versus Max Holloway.
Kattar made his MMA debut in 2007 and joined the UFC in 2017. Following a loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov in 2019, Kattar earned back-to-back wins over Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige. Against Max Holloway, “Blessed” landed 445 strikes and beat Kattar by unanimous decision in January 2021. Kattar has all respect for Holloway, but with the latter injured, Kattar is focused on securing the title after beating Chikadze.
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“A victory over Giga puts me right back in this race,” Kattar continued. “I have a vision across the board of me and Rob (Font) simultaneously holding belts, and I’m going to keep working to make that happen.”
the FanDuel Sportsbook has Chikadze as a big favorite in betting at -250 versus +198 for Kattar. Kattar being the underdog doesn’t bother him, but it motivates him to put an end to Chikadze’s momentum for good. Playing spoiler inside the UFC’s APEX center will be the icing on the cake.
“I’m not so focused on all the good things to say and promote the fight and all that and that, and I know it’s part of your job as a main event to try to get out and in. play a game, but I’ll ‘I’ll let Giga keep digging a deeper hole … I’ll grab the shovel when it’s time to bury it,’ said Kattar.