Ranked 5th in the UFC Featherweight RankingCalvin Kattar is known for taking on some of the toughest fighters within the division. After a battle against Max Holloway, he heads to UFC Vegas 46 on January 15 against Giga Chikadze, who is in eighth place.
For Kattar, this fight is an opportunity to redeem herself. It’s also a chance to end all the ruckus surrounding Chikadze, who has won seven in a row with the UFC. Kattar believes that Chikadze, 33, still has a lot to learn. Kattar is more than ready to teach you a thing or two.
“Barboza was a good W, man. He (Chikadze) did what he had to do with the guys he fought against,” Kattar. stated to the UFC. “Credit to him, and now he has the fight he was asking for. He has a lot to prove because he had a lot to say.”
Chikadze turned pro in 2015. Losing to Austin Springer during Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, Chikadze returned to the UFC in 2019. Chikadze’s last three victories, including his most recent bout against Edson Barboza in August, ended by technical knockout. Talking to MMA JunkieChikadze believes he is ready for a title shot against champion Alexander Volkanovski, especially if he beats Kattar.
That is one of the many reasons why Chikadze called him on social media few months ago. Chikadze has also called himself the people’s champion, something he would need to endorse along with his trash talk. This is a fight that can turn things around in a featherweight division that has focused on Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway.
Kattar made her MMA debut in 2007 and joined the UFC in 2017. Following a loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov in 2019, Kattar won two in a row against Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige. Against Max Holloway, “Blessed” landed 445 strikes and beat Kattar by unanimous decision in January 2021. Kattar has all the respect for Holloway, but with the latter injured, Kattar is focused on getting his title shot after defeating Chikadze.
“A win over Giga puts me back in that race,” Kattar continued. “I have a vision along the lines of myself and Rob (Font) simultaneously holding belts, and I’m going to keep working to make that come true.”
The FanDuel bookmaker has Chikadze as a big betting favorite at -250 compared to +198 for Kattar. That Kattar is the underdog doesn’t bother him, but it motivates him to end the Chikadze urge for good. Playing spoilers inside the UFC APEX Center will be the icing on the cake.
“I’m not that focused on all the right things to say and promote the fight and all of this and that, and I know it’s part of your job as a main event to try to go out there and do some of that, but I’ll let Giga keep digging a Deeper hole … I’ll take the shovel when it’s time to bury him, “Kattar said.