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.
Keeping Chikadze on the defensive with a blistering pace, Kattar utilized elbows and strikes which opened up Chikadze and reinforced his dominance.
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)
BILL ALGEO VS. JOANDERSON BRITO
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
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
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
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
WINNER: JAKE COLLIER VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 2:26
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAKE COLLIER VIA TKO
Andrews: Wow. Sherman could be on the bubble.
#5 CALVIN KATTAR VS. #8 GIGA CHIKADZE
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.