UFC Fight Night: Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze is set to explode on Saturday as the main event promises to deliver fireworks.
In the headline bout on the card, current favorite Chikadze looks to remain unbeaten since arriving in the organization.
UFC betting odds have the Georgian at -240 to extend his winning streak to 10.
Unbeaten Streak Continues for Chikadze
Kattar Better for Experience
The winning run for Calvin Kattar came to an end against Max Holloway last year, but he should be better for the experience.
Going five rounds with someone like Holloway is only going to strengthen your all-around skills for the future. Kattar might not have been on the right end of the judges’ decision, but the 33-year-old American can hold his head high.
Kattar hasn’t fought for a year, but bettors can’t rule out someone who has beaten the likes of Jeremy Stephens, Dan Ige and Shane Burgos.
The reason why he didn’t fight for a year works against him. He broke his nose for the fourth time and required eight staples to close a head wound. He was ordered to take a six-month medical suspension, but he comes off a three-month camp.
“A year is a long time,” Kattar told the Eagle Tribune. “It tests your patience. I like to be busy. I was looking to get a fight earlier than this, but it never happened. Maybe that’s for the better.
“That was a tough fight against Holloway. Sometimes the hardest part of this business is taking time off, but it’s important to listen to your body, and rushing back, playing to emotion and ego, isn’t the smartest thing to do sometimes.”
What better way to prepare for Chikadze than fighting Holloway? They are aggressive fighters who have similar styles, so Kattar isn’t without a chance.
The sportsbook has Kattar at +190 to pull off the upset.
Chikadze Plowing Through Opposition
It’s one thing to be 7-0 in the UFC, but it’s different for Chikadze. He is making top-level fighters look second-rate.
Last year was a big one for the 33-year-old Georgian, who started in May with a first-round knockout of Cub Swanson. He then fought in August and knocked out Edson Barboza in the third round.
Those are two of the biggest names in the featherweight division, so it’s no wonder he has struggled to find opponents.
Chikadze is 7-0 since arriving in the UFC and that is reflected in betting online markets. He is -240 to beat Kattar, which isn’t as short as we expected.
He could have easily been -300, so bettors are getting fair odds for a potential future UFC champion.
Chikadze’s Roll to Continue
We’re not discounting the talent of Kattar, but we don’t think he has faced someone quite like Chikadze.
He is one of our UFC best bets for the Fight Night card and we’re more than happy with the -240 odds. We would have been happy to take -300, so we expect bettors to catch on and bet him heavily.
There are a few dominant fighters in the UFC and Chikadze is one of them.