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UFC Vegas 46: Calvin Kattar overpowers Giga Chikadze to take unanimous decision victory

Giga misses opportunity to leapfrog into top 5

Calvin Kattar made a statement at UFC Vegas 46 Saturday, taking the steam out of an up-and-coming prospect in the main event.

Kattar used constant pressure and voluminous striking to take a comfortable 50-45, 50-45, and 50-44 decision victory over favourite Giga Chikadze.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482549309820317699?s=20

Keeping Chikadze on the defensive with a blistering pace, Kattar utilized elbows and strikes which opened up Chikadze and reinforced his dominance.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482548678472650756?s=20

The win should help Kattar (23-5-0) keep his No. 5 ranking and put him back in range of the title shot conversation. Chikadze (14-3-0) had a nine-fight win streak snapped with he defeat.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

T.J. BROWN DEF. CHARLES ROSA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

BRIAN KELLEHER DEF. KEVIN CROOM VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

COURT MCGEE DEF. RAMIZ BRAHIMAJ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

JAMIE PICKETT DEF. JOSEPH HOLMES (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

MAIN CARD 

BILL ALGEO VS. JOANDERSON BRITO 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482511173576704001?s=20

 

WINNER: BILL ALGEO VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BILL ALGEO VIA UD

Andrews: Billy got it done. Giga will not be pleased.

DAKOTA BUSH VS. VLACHESLAV BORSHCHEV

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482515495781867525?s=20

 

WINNER: VLACHESLAV BORSCHEV VIA TKO (BODYSHOT) R1 3:47

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VLACHESLAV BORSCHEV VIA UD

Andrews: Man, Vlacheslav came in vicious. Nice debut.

KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VS. JENNIFER MAIA

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482520652716331017?s=20

 

WINNER: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA UD

Andrews: Katlyn played keep away again. Good job.

BRANDON ROYVAL VS. ROGER BONTORIN

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482532189648601094?s=20

 

WINNER: BRANDON ROYVAL VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROGER BONTORIN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Good fight. Bontorin could’t keep it on the ground.

JAKE COLLIER VS. CHASE SHERMAN 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482536373198409731?s=20

 

WINNER: JAKE COLLIER VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAKE COLLIER VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow. Sherman could be on the bubble.

MAIN EVENT

#5 CALVIN KATTAR VS. #8 GIGA CHIKADZE 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1482548290331844610?s=20

WINNER: CALVIN KATTAR VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-44)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GIGA CHIKADZE VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Kattar dominated and he certainly did learn something from Holloway.

The next scheduled UFC event is UFC 270 which takes place Jan. 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Undisputed heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou takes on interim champion Ciryl Gane in the main event.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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