Explosive featherweight contenders will meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze when Calvin Kattar squares off against Giga Chikadze with title-shot implications on the line. The main UFC fight card is slated for a 7 p.m. ET start from the Apex facility in Las Vegas. The No. 8-ranked Chikadze is one of the promotion’s rising stars. He is undefeated in seven UFC appearances and has stopped his last three opponents inside of three rounds. He will step up in competition against the No. 5-ranked Kattar, a rugged and skilled brawler who is looking to remain in the title picture with a signature win following a loss to former champion Max Holloway.
Chikadze is a -240 favorite (risk $240 to win $100), while Kattar is offered at +200 in the latest UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before locking in any UFC Fight Night picks, make sure you see the MMA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.
With more than 1,400 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. Over the past two years, his followers have netted a profit of more than $10,000.
On the final UFC card of 2021, Gombas told SportsLine members to expect a stoppage win for veteran Derrick Lewis (+120) over Chris Daukaus (-140) in a battle of ranked heavyweights. Lewis delivered in the first round to give the MMA analyst’s followers another easy winner. Anyone who has followed Gombas has seen massive returns.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze looming, Gombas has studied the UFC card from every angle and released his top MMA picks. Those selections are available at SportsLine, and a successful parlay would result in a payout of nearly 7-1.
UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze preview
Chikadze (14-2) didn’t make an immediate splash upon joining the UFC, as his first two bouts ended up split-decision wins over fellow inexperienced prospects. But his improvement has been steady and rapid and his profile has risen as a result.
The 33-year-old Georgian fighter went 4-0 in 2020, though three of the victories came by decision. He made a concerted effort to pressure his opponents from the opening bell and finish fights, and his last three have ended inside the distance. His first main event came last August and saw him stop formidable top-10 gatekeeper Edson Barboza in the third round.
Kattar (22-5) is in his fifth year with the UFC and has gone 6-3 in nine outings. The 33-year-old Boston native became a fan favorite because of his straightforward approach, and he is widely considered one of the better boxers in the promotion.
Coincidentally, Kattar headlined the first UFC card of 2021 as well and engaged in a five-round war with Holloway. He landed his share of punches, but the fight was largely one-sided in favor of the former champion, and many observers believed the fight should have been called off long before it reached the final horn. You can only see who to back here.
UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze prediction
We’ll share one of Gombas UFC Fight Night picks here: He is going with Jake Collier (-125) to get the best of Chase Sherman (+105) in a battle of heavyweight prospects.
Collier (12-6) is a seven-year UFC veteran who moved up to heavyweight from light heavyweight in 2020. The 33-year-old St. Louis native is 1-2 since switching divisions and is coming off a split-decision loss to fellow prospect Carlos Felipe last June.
Sherman (15-8) is a power puncher in his second stint with the UFC following his release in 2018. The 32-year-old is coming off a decision loss against Parker Porter in June.
“Both fighters have tendencies to slow down later in fights. I believe this could go either way, but I give a slight edge to Collier,” Gombas told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze picks
Gombas also has strong picks for Kattar vs. Chikadze and other fights on the UFC Fight Night card. He’s also backing one fighter to exploit a reach advantage for a decisive victory. Those selections are only available at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze odds
Calvin Kattar (+200) vs. Giga Chikadze (-240)
Jennifer Maia (+160) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (-180)
Bill Algeo (+110) vs. Joanderson Brito (-130)
Rogerio Bontorin (+145) vs. Brandon Royval (-165)
Chase Sherman (+105) vs. Jake Collier (-125)
Court McGee (-115) vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (-105)
Jamie Pickett (+130) vs. Joseph Holmes (-150)
TJ Brown (+160) vs. Gabriel Benitez (-180)
Viacheslav Borshchev (-180) vs. Dakota Bush (+160)
Brian Kelleher (+135) vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov (-155)
Vanessa Demopoulos (-130) vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez (+110)