Calvin Kattar, Giga Chikadze Can’t Afford a Loss at UFC Vegas 46


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Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze headline this Saturday’s UFC on ESPN card, every searching for to take a step additional within the featherweight division.

For Kattar (22-5), this will likely be his first time again within the cage since final 12 months’s one-sided loss to top-ranked featherweight Max Holloway on Jan. 16. He wants a victory to carry onto his fifth spot within the rankings, however that will likely be no easy process towards Chikadze (14-2), who has rattled off 9 straight wins.

Chikadze bludgeoned MMA staples in his previous two bouts, shortly dominating Cub Swanson earlier than obliterating Edson Barboza. His previous three journeys to the Octagon have resulted in Efficiency of the Evening honors, a streak he want to lengthen on Saturday.