The First UFC Fight Night of the Year is Close: Kattar vs. Chikadze – Predictions and Free Betting Picks

UFC Fight Night – Kattar vs. Chikadze Event Preview and Betting Odds

On Saturday, January 15th, 2022, the featherweight division of the UFC will get two amazing fighters clashing to see who deserves to be at the top of the division.

Before these two killers make the walk, we have more exciting main card matches to kick the hype into overdrive.

You can check all the UFC/MMA bets, the analysis of each fighter, and the final bet you can make in this fight.

UFC Fight Night – Kattar vs. Chikadze – Betting Odds & Free Pick – Info

When: Saturday, January 16th, at 2:00 am ET

Moneyline odds: 

Calvin Kattar +195 / Giga Chikadze -235

Jennifer Maia +150 / Katlyn Chookagian -180

Brandon Royval -170 / Rogerio Bontorin +140

Jake Collier -130 / Chase Sherman +100

Draw Offs: – 

Where Can I Watch? ESPN +

Where Can I Stream? ESPN Go.

UFC Fight Night: Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze

Why Bet on Calvin Kattar

The last time we saw Kattar, he was on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Max Holloway on January 16, 2021. 

In that bout, Holloway set a record for most strikes landed in a single bout (445), smashing the previous record of 290 – not a great look for Kattar.

Why Bet on Giga Chikadze

Chikadze has tremendous momentum heading into this bout, having rattled off nine straight wins, including seven in the UFC, and scoring two knockout wins in 2021. 

The most recent came against Edson Barboza, landing Giga in this main event.

Final Betting Analysis: Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze

Because Calvin has high-level boxing skills, he at times neglects his other weapons such as kicks at distance and has to close the distance to let his hands fly, but he will walk into shots upon entry.

In striking territory, Giga is patient, averaging 3.76 significant strikes per minute while absorbing just 2.69 and making his opponents miss 61 percent of their attempts. 

Chikadze has knocked down each of his last five opponents at least once in their fights, and our betting token is on him, as we expect things to go his way.

UFC Fight Night: Jennifer Maia vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Why Bet on Jennifer Maia

Maia has struggled to find consistency in the UFC, sporting a 4-3 record since 2018. 

Her overall record is now 19-7 with nine stoppage victories (four knockouts, five submissions) and she has only been stopped twice – once by knockout and once by submission.

Maia has a strong top game when it comes to grappling but has some difficulties getting the fight there, averaging 0.29 takedowns per 15 minutes and securing 50 percent of her attempts. 

In terms of striking, she mostly head-hunts and often throws a punch while absorbing one at the same time.

Why Bet on Katlyn Chookagian

Chookagian has four career losses, all in the Octagon, and they have come against the current champ and three other challengers. 

Overall, she’s 16-4 with 13 wins by decision and has two stoppage losses, both by knockout.

The Blonde Fighter is primarily a striker, averaging only 0.25 takedowns per 15 minutes. 

She has landed takedowns in only one fight when she secured three against Antonina Shevchenko.

Final Betting Analysis: Jennifer Maia vs. Katlyn Chookagian

In their first fight, Jennifer had some success but struggled to close the distance and she needed more lateral movement to open angles to land.

She was a little too patient – if she had put her head down and marched forward, she could have been more successful, but time may have helped her learn a better strategy.

We got our betting token on Katlyn Chookagian for this match.

UFC Fight Night: Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin

Why Bet on Brandon Royval

Before his recent two losses, Royval had won four in a row, the longest winning streak of his career. 

His record stands at 12-6 with eight submission wins while he’s only been finished twice – once by knockout and once by submission.

Evident with 67 percent of his wins coming by submissions, Raw Dawg has a great ground game, securing 1.16 takedowns per 15 minutes, and has a 100 percent takedown rate over four UFC bouts.

Why Bet on Rogerio Bontorin

Bontorin’s loss in 2020 to Ray Borg was his first since 2017, snapping a winning streak of four fights. 

He has an impressive record of 17-3 with one no contest and 11 submission victories. 

Two of his losses have been finished – one knockout and one submission.

Like RoyvalBontorin loves to grapple, earning 1.68 takedowns per 15 minutes and searches for submissions constantly on the floor. 

He’s a thick flyweight, which helps with his elite squeeze in submissions.

Final Betting Analysis: Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin

The southpaw Royval isn’t afraid to mix it up on the feet either as he marches forward throwing plenty of volumes and has outstanding conditioning. 

The orthodox Bontorin loads up on big strikes but often throws just one at a time rather than putting together combinations. 

He’s never had a very high output so it should be interesting to see how he deals with the pace of Royval, but our betting pick is on Brandon for this match.

UFC Fight Night: Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman

Why Bet on Jake Collier

Not only did Collier lose his last fight but he’s been on a win-one, lose-one streak over his nine-fight UFC career. 

He holds a 12-6 record overall with eight stoppages, including five knockouts. 

Four of his defeats have been finished, including three knockouts.

Why Bet on Chase Sherman

Sherman was cut from the UFC following three straight losses but picked up three wins in six months to earn a contract again. 

Unfortunately, he’s gone 1-2 in his second stint in the UFC and is now 15-8 with 14 knockout wins and four losses in the same manner.

Final Betting Analysis: Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman

Collier mixes up his strikes well, throwing plenty of kicks at a distance and big powerful hooks in the pocket.

One of Sherman’s biggest downfalls is his lack of footwork to get out of danger after landing a strike, often staying in the pocket and making himself extremely vulnerable to counters. 

Collier lost his last fight and going to his 1-1 streak lately, things point towards this one being his victory, and his striking should allow for that, making him our betting pick for the fight.

Kattar vs. Chikadze Betting Pick: Giga Chikadze

Maia vs. Chookagian Betting Pick: Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian

Royval vs. Bontorin Betting Pick: Brandon “Raw Dawg” Royval

Collier vs. Sherman Betting Pick: Jake Collier

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