Calvin Kattar turned in an impressive performance last night to upset the odds against fellow featherweight contender, Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 46.
The bout was high paced action in which Kattar was able to pour on the pressure to nullify most of Chikadze’s offensive output and shutdown the Georgian to win a unanimous decision on all judges’ scorecards.
After the hard-fought battle, the two combatants shared a moment in the hospital, in which both acknowledged their respect for one another.
Kattar was coming into the fight after a crushing unanimous decision loss to #1-featherweight contender Max Holloway in January 2021, a fight in which many believed to be detrimental to Kattar’s career due to the damage he suffered in that fight. After taking a whole full year off from fighting, the MMA community were unsure how the American would bounce back after such a devastating loss. However, the Massachusetts native gave one of his career best performances to retain his position in the top five of the division and maintain himself as one of the best featherweights around.
Coming into the fight, #8-ranked contender Chikadze was on a high, riding an impressive nine-fight winning streak after a TKO win over Edson Barboza in his last fight. He had also finished the likes of Jamey Simmons and Cub Swanson. Chikadze will hope to bounce back after the shattering loss if he is to be considered for title contention in this shark tank of talented featherweights in the near future.
Former opponent, Max Holloway chimed in online post-fight to give his props to Kattar, praising the American’s dominating performance to which the latter responded, wishing the Hawaiian a speedy recovery.
Holloway was scheduled to fight the current UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski on March 5 in Las Vegas, but was forced to withdraw after aggravating a prior injury. The setback occurred just days after the Hawaiian native accepted to the trilogy bout. Volkanovski will now face ‘The Korean Zombie’ in April.
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