After losing and getting injured at UFC Long Island, what’s next for Brian Ortega?

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This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Long Island, we saw a pivotal matchup in the featherweight division. Former two-time title challenger Brian Ortega (15-3, 1 NC) was set to take on Yair Rodriguez (14-3, 1 NC). Rodriguez was trying to earn a title shot with a victory.

However, Ortega was focused to turn him away. Brian Ortega has had a rough couple of years with injuries and a couple of brutal title fights. In Ortega’s two title fights against Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski, he took a ton of damage and came up short. Most recently at UFC 266.

However, when he has competed against anyone but those two, he’s been sensational. Just see his fight against The Korean Zombie. At UFC Long Island, he was looking to show just how good he can be. He started the fight by immediately putting a lot of pressure on Yair Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was getting the better of the striking with his speed, but Ortega was hanging in there. Then, later in the first round, Ortega was able to get the fight to the ground. However, it was Rodriguez that attacked an armbar. Ortega had his arm in and tried to pull it out. When he did, he dislocated it and the fight was called off at UFC Long Island.

What’s next after UFC Long Island?

The loss and the way it happened is just brutal for Ortega. He’s already had to go under the knife twice on his shoulder and now he appears likely to have shoulder surgery once again after UFC Long Island. However, let’s hope for a quick recovery.

If Ortega is able to turn things around quickly, who should the UFC pair him with? Well, make no mistake about it, T-City is still one of the best featherweights in the world. He should fight one of the top guys and there’s one fight that makes a ton of sense.

That fight would be a matchup with Calvin Kattar. Kattar is coming off a loss to Josh Emmett who appears to be on a collision course with Yair Rodriguez. Whenever Ortega is good to go, pairing him with Kattar makes all the sense in the world.

After UFC Austin, is a title shot next for Josh Emmett?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Austin, we saw a featherweight showdown between Josh Emmett (18-2) and Calvin Kattar (23-6). Both men were looking to take a step towards title contention on Saturday night.

Entering the fight, I figured we’d see the clash of styles that we ended up seeing. Kattar’s distance striking and precise boxing against Josh Emmett’s explosiveness and power shots. That’s exactly what we saw at UFC Austin.

Throughout the entire fight, Kattar did a really good job of connecting at range. However, consistently throughout the fight, Emmett was landing big shots that clearly had a bigger impact than the shots that Kattar was landing.

Kattar landed more shots, but Emmett seemed to be landing the bigger shots. Despite the damage on the face of Emmett, it felt like his shots carried much more weight and they clearly did with the judges.

In all transparency, I scored the fight for Calvin Kattar. However, two of the judges gave the fight and the massive victory to Josh Emmett at UFC Austin by split decision.

What’s next after UFC Austin?

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the decision, Josh Emmett gets the official win and now he’s ranked fourth in the UFC featherweight rankings. Only Yair Rodriguez, Brian Ortega, Max Holloway and champion Alexander Volkanovski are ahead of him.

After his win, he called for the winner of the Volkanovski – Holloway trilogy which goes down in a couple of weeks at UFC 276. In looking at the division, Emmett does have a pretty good case for a title shot given his five consecutive wins.

However, for him to get a title shot, I think a few things need to happen. First and foremost, I think Alexander Volkanovski needs to win at UFC 276. If Holloway wins, I could see them running it back given how dominant Volkanovski has been as champion.

If that were to happen, I would pit Emmett against the winner of Yair Rodriguez – Brian Ortega. Speaking of Yair Rodriguez, if he defeats Brian Ortega, I could see him getting a shot at Volkanovski before Emmett.

Rodriguez had a razor close fight with Max Holloway and he’s ranked ahead of Emmett. If he defeats the two-time challenger Ortega next month, I think he’ll get the next shot before Emmett.

A path to a UFC title shot is there for Emmett, but it’s contingent on everything falling into place. If it doesn’t, it’s going to take one more win to solidify his shot.

What’s next for Calvin Kattar after losing close decision at UFC Austin?

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This past weekend in the main event of UFC Austin, we saw a big time matchup in the featherweight division. Top seven contenders battled it out as Calvin Kattar (23-6) took on powerhouse Josh Emmett (18-2).

Whoever won this matchup was looking to establish themselves squarely in the UFC’s title picture at 145. Entering the fight, I figured we’d see a close fight pairing the power and explosiveness of Emmett to the precision and length of Kattar.

That’s exactly what we saw at UFC Austin. In the first few rounds, Kattar did a good job staying at range and landing straight shots. However, Emmett was landing the bigger shots.

It was very close when looking at the striking numbers. In my opinion, Emmett was up 2-1 entering the fourth round. In my opinion, Kattar clearly won the fourth round with his striking and I had it 2-2 entering the final frame at UFC Austin.

The round was another close one, but if you look at the numbers, it was another round for Kattar. I had Kattar winning 3-2, but honestly, didn’t have any issue with Emmett winning. Two judges gave it to Emmett and Kattar lost the split decision.

What’s next after UFC Austin?

This is another decision where there was a questionable call from the judges. I have no issues with giving Josh Emmett the fight, however, I do have an issue with one of the judges giving him the fourth round. Chris Lee has no business judging MMA and that’s been proven many times.

Anyway, Emmett got the win at UFC Austin and now it’s time for Kattar to regroup. I don’t think The Boston Finisher calls much after taking the loss on Saturday night. However, he isn’t going to be in the title picture after going 1-2 in his last three.

With that in mind, who should be next for him? I think when determining who is next for Kattar, we should look to the UFC Fight Night coming up in Long Island. In the main event, Brian Ortega takes on Yair Rodriguez.

Whoever loses that fight will be in a similar position as Kattar. I think whoever loses would make for a great matchup for Kattar and that’s what I’d go with.

Josh Emmett edges Calvin Kattar at UFC Austin

In the main event of UFC Austin, we saw a massive matchup in the featherweight division. Top seven contenders battled it out as Calvin Kattar (23-5) took on arguably the guy with the most power in the division Josh Emmett (17-2).

Entering UFC Austin, Emmett was riding four-fight winning streak that dates back to 2018. Overall, Emmett was 6-1 in his last seven fights. The last time we saw him was at UFC 269 when he defeated Dan Ige.

Calvin Kattar was obliterated by Max Holloway in January of 2021. It was a performance that could have changed Kattar’s career forever in a negative sense. He took some time away and then returned to the UFC in January.

He took on the tough test of Giga Chikadze who was trying to fight for a title shot. Kattar did to Chikadze what Holloway did to him. It was a beautifully violent performance that showed the world that ‘The Boston Finisher’ is still one of the best at 145. He was looking to show that again tonight.

Round 1

The UFC Austin event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Kattar immediately takes the center as Emmett circles on the outside. Lots of feints from Kattar as Emmett tries to gauge the range in the opening minute.

Double jab falls just short for Kattar. Crowd becoming restless as Kattar lands a jab. Power jab from Emmett. Kattar is now circling on the outside and Emmett throws a power right hand.

Emmett tries to throw a big power combination but doesn’t land. Sweet 1-2 lands for Calvin Kattar. Another stiff jab lands for Kattar who is starting to open up here. Powerful low kick lands for Emmett and he tries to throw power shots behind it, but nothing lands there.

Another lengthy jab lands for Kattar. Emmett seems to be struggling a bit with the range here in the first. Another jab from Kattar and Emmett has a small cut above the eye. 1-2 from Kattar lands and he’s building some solid momentum. Emmett with some big shots near the end of the close first round. Close round but I lean Kattar at UFC Austin.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC Austin and I think we should see more action here. Kattar opens the second looking for his jab. Emmett lands a big right hand and he tries to double it up. Big power coming from Josh Emmett here in the second.

1-2 from Emmett and then he doubles up the right hand. Kattar looking for his jab, but he’s not landing much here. There’s a nice jab from Kattar and he lands a right hand behind it. Power hook to the body lands for Emmett.

Double jab from Kattar and that cut is back open on Emmett. Another double jab from Kattar who is really connecting here now. Deep breaths from Emmett who circles. Another stiff jab with a 1-2 behind it. Kattar is really opening up now.

Step-in elbow lands for Kattar. Emmett responds with a left to the body and a right hook up top. Big power shots from Emmett but nothing lands clean there. Kattar continues looking for the jab, but Emmett’s head movement is looking better here.

Big right over the top lands for Emmett. The striking numbers are very close as we are close to the end of round two. Right hand over the top for Kattar. Emmett comes forward with a big combination. Now it’s Kattar that follows up with a big knee and combination.

Emmett with a big flurry near the end of the round. Really close round and it honestly could have gone either way at UFC Austin, but I lean toward Josh Emmett.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC Austin and the scorecards could be all over the place here. Kattar opens up throwing lots of jabs. Emmett tries to back him up with a big right over the top that just misses. Big jab from Kattar and Emmett lands two big rights.

Another big right hand from Emmett backs Kattar up. More big power shots from Emmett and he’s controlling the third round with his power. Nice elbow lands for Calvin Kattar. Both men trade jabs in the center.

Jab for Kattar and a powerful low kick from Emmett. Big right hand from Emmett and Kattar lands a elbow. Beautiful uppercut from Kattar lands and then he follows it up with a jab. 1-2 lands for Kattar and it’s Kattar who is fighting with forward pressure.

However, he’s back up from a big shot from Emmett. Jab from Kattar and Emmett tries to come back with power but nothing lands. Kattar comes forward and Emmett lands a blistering combination on Kattar. Both trade jabs in the center.

Huge left to the body from Emmett and he lands a nice left up top that stiffens up Kattar. The third comes to a close at UFC Austin and I give that one to Josh Emmett.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC Austin and this has been a close fight, but it feels like all the momentum is with Josh Emmett. Kattar opens up with lots of jab volume but nothing really landing here.

Emmett loads up on a huge right hand that just misses the mark. Nice jab and a left hand lands for Kattar. 1-2 for Kattar and then he doubles up the jab. Lead left hook from Kattar and then he looks for a shovel hook.

Double jab from Kattar and a right hand over the top. Emmett not throwing much here in the first couple of minutes. There he throws a right but he’s way out of range. Now Emmett pushes forward and he tries for a takedown but Kattar shrugs him off.

Right over the top from Kattar. They trade jabs in the center and then Kattar lands a left. Kattar is constantly throwing that left jab out there. Big rip to the body from Emmett and then he lands a clean right over the top. Biggest shots of the round there.

Spinning elbow from Kattar lands flush but Emmett just eats it. Right hand from Kattar and Emmett got wobbled and that really opened up Emmett’s cut even more. Lots of damage under the left eye for Emmett now.

Emmett shoots for a takedown but can’t get it. Stiff jab from Kattar snaps the head back of Emmett. The round comes to a close with big heat from Emmett. Strong close for Emmett, but this is Kattar’s round. I have it tied at UFC Austin.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Austin and I think whoever wins this round wins the fight. Both men trade jabs immediately to start the final round. Big jab from Kattar snaps the head back of Emmett. Knee up the middle for Kattar.

Kattar throws a right and Emmett comes back with a big combination. Nice power shots land for Emmett. Big uppercut lands for Kattar and then he lands a nice long right hand. Emmett tries for a takedown and can’t get it.

Leg kick from Emmett lands. Big check left hook lands flush for Kattar. Jab lands for Kattar and now Emmett lands with his jab. Big combination from Emmett and Kattar lands a right.

Two minutes to go and this is still anyone’s fight. Emmett pushes forward and tries to land a head kick. Double jab from Kattar lands. Emmett tries to answer with big power but only connects on the arms. Nice right hook from Kattar and Emmett throws back.

Big left hook lands for Emmett. Both men trade big shots in the center. Emmett is now coming forward with major heat in the final minute. Big combination from Emmett lands. Twenty seconds left in Austin.

Both men try to land big spinning elbows but neither lands. The final bell sounds and an excellent main event comes to a close. Razor close fight that I lean towards Kattar given the round-by-round scores, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Emmett get the nod at UFC Austin.

Josh Emmett def. Calvin Kattar by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

UFC Austin Main Event Preview: Calvin Kattar – Josh Emmett

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Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Austin, we are going to see a massive matchup in the featherweight division. Top seven contenders will battle it out as Calvin Kattar (23-5) takes on arguably the guy with the most power in the division Josh Emmett (17-2).

Entering UFC Austin, Emmett will be riding a four-fight winning streak that dates back to 2018. Overall, Emmett is 6-1 in his last seven fights. The last time we saw him was at UFC 269 when he took on Dan Ige.

It wasn’t the easiest fight in the world, but the big power shots paid off big time as Emmett won a decision. He’s been wanting a top contender and now the UFC is giving him what he wants in giving him Calvin Kattar.

Kattar was obliterated by Max Holloway in January of 2021. It was a performance that could have changed Kattar’s career forever in a negative sense. He took some time away and then returned to the UFC in January.

He took on the tough test of Giga Chikadze who was trying to fight for a title shot. Kattar did to Chikadze what Holloway did to him. It was a beautifully violent performance that showed the world that ‘The Boston Finisher’ is still one of the best at 145.

UFC Austin Prediction

I cannot wait for this main event and I think we are going to see a war on the feet. It’s going to be an extreme clash and styles as the pure boxing technique of Calvin Kattar meets the raw power of Josh Emmett.

For Emmett, he’s very fast and explosive. That’s why he’s known as one of the biggest punchers in the UFC regardless of weight class. I really think if he connects clean with anyone at 145, they are likely going down.

Calvin Kattar has some of the best boxing in the UFC. He utilizes range extremely well and he does a fantastic job of mixing up his combinations to throw off opponents. So, how is this fight going to go down?

Well, I really like Calvin Kattar in this matchup. I’m just not sure Emmett will be as effective with his power against someone with the technique of Calvin Kattar. I think Kattar is going to control distance very well and piece up Emmett throughout this fight.

Now, Emmett is a very live underdog. Anytime you have someone with that kind of power, it wouldn’t be the worst decision to throw some money on them. However, in analyzing this UFC Austin main event, I really like Calvin Kattar to get a mid-to late round stoppage.

Prediction: Calvin Kattar by TKO – Round 4

UFC books headliner between Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett

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Over the weekend, news broke of a banger of a main event in the UFC‘s featherweight division. All Access MMA was the first to break the news that the promotion had booked a headliner between Calvin Kattar (23-5) and Josh Emmett (17-2).

The fight will headline the UFC’s Fight Nigh in Austin, Texas on June 18th. For Josh Emmett, this will be just his second main event inside the octagon. He will enter the octagon on June 18th riding a four-fight winning streak.

Holder of some of the strongest power in the division, Emmett is on the verge of title contention. The last time we saw him was at UFC 269 when he took on Dan Ige. It was a close fight, but Emmett picked up the unanimous decision victory.

It was Emmitt’s first fight in over a year after he had torn his ACL against Shane Burgos. Now, Emmett is ready for his second main event and his toughest test to date inside the octagon. A win on June 18th puts him in the title picture, but getting the win won’t be easy.

Another UFC Main Event for Kattar

While this is just Emmett’s second main event, someone who isn’t new to the main event scene in the UFC is Calvin Kattar. In fact, the fight night on June 18th will be Kattar’s fifth main event in his last six fights.

The last time we saw him was in January when he took on Giga Chikadze. Despite being the betting underdog, Kattar came out and showed everyone why he should’ve been the favorite. The Boston Finisher brutalized Chikadze over the course of five rounds.

It was a great bounce back win after Kattar himself was handily beaten by former UFC champion Max Holloway. Overall, Kattar is 3-1 in his last four and he’s looking to pick up his second straight win when he faces off with Josh Emmett in June.

After devastating finish at UFC London, what’s next for Arnold Allen?

This past weekend in the co-main event of UFC London, we saw a pivotal matchup in the featherweight division. Former top lightweight contender Dan Hooker (21-12) was returning to featherweight to take on the surging English contender Arnold Allen (18-1).

Arnold Allen has been looked at as a top prospect in the UFC for some time. However, he hasn’t been the most active featherweight in the world and that has limited his shine thus far. UFC London was his chance to really show the world just how good he is.

Dan Hooker was returning to featherweight and was figuring to go right into the title mix after a nice run at lightweight. However, Arnold Allen wasn’t going to let him have a comfortable debut. In fact, Hooker never even got a chance to get comfortable inside the octagon.

From the opening bell at UFC London, Arnold Allen furiously attacked Dan Hooker. Hooker tried to fight back, but Allen was all over him. Hooker did land one good counter, but that was about it. The fight was completely one-sided and Allen got the standing TKO finish halfway through the first round.

What’s next after UFC London?

This was a huge fight for Arnold Allen and it showed UFC fans just how good he is. There’s no doubt about it that Arnold Allen in squarely in the title conversation at 145 pounds. After the fight was over, there was one man that Allen was interested in fighting and it’s a fight that makes sense.

Allen called for a fight with “The Boston Finisher” Calvin Kattar. Kattar is coming off of a dominant main event win over Giga Chikadze back in January. Kattar and his camp have told the UFC that they are wanting to return over the summer and they’ve already expressed interest in fighting Allen.

If Allen is willing to fight again over the summer, it’s time to strike while the iron is hot. The UFC should absolutely book Kattar and Allen with the winner potentially getting a shot at the featherweight title. Allen proved he’s special on Saturday, now it’s time to see if he’s title-ready.

Was a loss at UFC Vegas 46 a good thing for Giga Chikadze?

Last weekend at UFC Vegas 46, Giga Chikadze (14-3) was in the headliner against Calvin Kattar (23-5). While Kattar has been near the top of the division for some time, all of the talk was surrounding Chikadze. In fact, many were talking about him and a potential featherweight title shot.

Chikadze was 7-0 in the UFC entering this past weekend. Over his last few fights, he’s gotten better and better to the point where he was finishing top level competition. Despite having not taken on anyone in the top five, Chikadze was a sizable favorite over the durable Calvin Kattar.

In the first round, Chikadze started out well. His kicks were blazingly fast and he appeared to be hurting Kattar. However, Kattar did something that other opponents hadn’t done with Chikadze. That thing is the fact that he kept marching forward through the power of Giga.

You could tell after the first part of the second round that Chikadze was in trouble. He was really exhausted and Kattar put a ruthless pace on him that he started wilting under. To his credit, he never gave up at UFC Vegas 46. However, he was brutalized and lost a lopsided decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 46?

Sometimes great fighters need a night like UFC Vegas 46. They need a humbling fight that shows them a new side to the fight game. Sure, Chikadze had lost before. However, this took away the invincibility factor that he seemed to have and it showed him that there were other dangerous contenders in the UFC.

Many fighters grow from performances like that. Most of the time, they become even better. I mean look at UFC 270 this upcoming weekend. Francis Ngannou was dominated by Stipe Miocic a few years ago. He lost one more fight after that, but since then, he’s been absolutely destructive and became UFC champion.

That could very well happen with Chikadze. So, what should be next for Giga? I think a good fight for him would be looking one spot back in the rankings. One spot behind Giga is Dan Ige (15-5). Ige has lost two straight but only to guys in the top half of the division. This would be a sensational matchup for both men.

After dominating Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 46, what’s next for Calvin Kattar?

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The first UFC event of 2022 did not disappoint in the main event. Top featherweights went to war as Calvin Kattar (23-5) took on Giga Chikadze (14-3). Chikadze had been unbeaten inside the octagon and many thought he would run away with the main event at UFC Vegas 46.

However, Calvin Kattar set out to prove that he wasn’t going to be easily defeated. In the opening minutes, Chikadze looked very strong. He was much faster than Kattar and he was hitting him with brutal kicks. However, you could see Kattar’s game plan from the jump.

Kattar wanted to pressure Chikadze and constantly make him move backwards which would drain his energy. He also landed a takedown in the first round. Starting in the second round, Kattar really started to take over and brutalize Chikadze.

The pressure that Kattar fought with at UFC Vegas 46 was something to behold. He sliced up Chikadze with lead elbows and constantly was touching him with jabs and straight punches. That said, Chikadze didn’t give up and he kept firing back big power shots back at Kattar.

Despite his best shots, Chikadze couldn’t get Kattar out of there at UFC Vegas 46. In the end, it was a dominant shutout for the Boston Finisher.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 46?

Before this past weekend, everyone was talking about Giga Chikadze and a potential UFC title shot. Nobody was talking about Calvin Kattar and it looked like he took that personally. He bounced back in a big way after his brutal loss to Max Holloway last year.

Now, Kattar is not in a position to challenge for the title, but this puts him right back in the mix. Before he can get a title shot, he’s going to need another big win or two. With that, who should the UFC pair Kattar up with next?

In looking at the featherweight division, there’s one name that stands out to me. That name is Brian Ortega (15-2). To me, T-City would be the perfect next opponent for Kattar. Ortega has only been bested by Volkanovski and Holloway during his run in the UFC. If Kattar could get passed Ortega, it would prove that he’s ready for a title shot.

Calvin Kattar brutalizes Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 46

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In the main event of UFC Vegas 46, we saw big time showdown in the featherweight division. Top contenders battled it out in a matchup with big time implications as Calvin Kattar (22-5) returned to take on the surging Giga Chikadze (14-2).

UFC Vegas 46 was the first time we’ve seen Calvin Kattar in about a year. Last year, Kattar kicked off the UFC’s 2021 when he took on Max Holloway in a headlining fight on Fight Island. Had Kattar won that fight, he might’ve had a title shot in 2021.

However, he fell short and took such a beating that he took some time away. Now, he’s refreshed and was ready to go tonight. Overall, Kattar is 2-1 in his last three and the two wins came against top contenders Dan Ige and Jeremy Stephens.

Standing across from Kattar tonight was Giga Chikadze. Chikadze has been on a sensational run since joining the UFC. Chikadze is currently sitting at 7-0 with the promotion. In his last fight, he completely destroyed Edson Barboza and proved he’s one of the best in the world.

UFC Vegas 46 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 46 main event kicked off with Kattar taking the center and he eats two strong leg kicks from Chikadze. Front kick just misses from Chikadze. Kattar holding the center but Chikadze is looking fast here in the opening minute with his kicks.

Kick from Kattar is checked. Kattar coming forward with a lot of pressure and he lands a jab. Chikadze circling on the outside trying to stay elusive. Two powerful body kicks land for Chikadze. Chikadze’s speed is something else here in the opening part of the fight.

However, he sleeps throwing a kick and Kattar jumps on him. Chikadze bounces him up Kattar gets a body lock and slams Chikadze to the ground. Kattar immediately gets into half guard with half a round to work. Nice shots to the body are landing from Kattar here.

Chikadze trying to defend but he’s eating some shots from Kattar. The two start scrambling and Chikadze nearly gets on top. However, Kattar reverses and is able to get Chikadze’s back. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC Vegas 46 and it’s clear that Chikadze needs to keep this one standing. Kattar again takes the center to start the second round. Chikadze throws a big body kick that lands flush. Nice right hand lands over the top from Chikadze.

Kattar is pushing forward but he eats two more big kicks from Chikadze. Nice combination lands from Chikadze and Kattar just keeps pressuring. Powerful right straight from Chikadze but here comes Kattar. Kattar lands three straight jabs. Right straight from Kattar.

The two exchange straight shots. Big shot from Chikadze but he’s starting to look tired here. More pressure from Kattar and he lands a big combination on Chikadze. Chikadze is really starting to breathe heavy here as Kattar is relentless with his pressure.

Knee lands for Kattar and he hits Chikadze with a big shot over the top. Massive elbow lands for Kattar. Big combination from Chikadze but Kattar just walks through it. Kattar is walking Chikadze down here. Big shot lands for Kattar and he lands a jab behind it.

Three left straights land for Chikadze and now he pushes forward. Spinning back elbow from Kattar. Kattar and Chikadze are just throwing here. Big takedown from Kattar to end the round at what a round it was. 2-0 Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC Vegas 46 and all momentum is with Calvin Kattar here. Chikadze breathing very heavy here in the third round. Two jabs open the round for Kattar. Another jab from Kattar and Chikadze is very flat-footed here. Stiff jab from Chikadze finds Kattar’s chin.

Kattar shoots in for a takedown but can’t get Chikadze down. Both men exchange jabs. Nice lead elbow for Calvin Kattar. Powerful 1-2 lands for Kattar. Kattar is piecing Chikadze up here in the third round. However, Chikadze answers back with a nice 1-2.

Low kick from Chikadze. Jab from Kattar and another low kick from Chikadze. Huge right hand from Chikadze and that forces a takedown attempt from Chikadze. Chikadze had to use the fence but he stays on the feet. They separate and they’re back to striking.

Both men are looking really tired here. Left over the top from Kattar and then he lands a big elbow. Jab from Kattar and he lands a nice right hook over the top. Counter left hook from Kattar as Chikadze comes in. However, Chikadze hurts Kattar with a combination of his own.

That said, he’s too tired to really follow up and Kattar recovers. Kattar answers back with a couple of big shots. Chikadze pushes forward strong in the final seconds and both men exchange gis shots. After three at UFC Vegas 46 and it very well might be 3-0 Kattar.

Round 4

Chikadze was able to land some big shots in the third and he needs to continue that in the fourth. Kattar immediately starts pressuring to start the fourth. Both men exchange big shots in the center. Kattar triples up on the jab to back up Chikadze. However, Chikadze lands a massive body kick.

Kattar pushes forward and is just touching Chikadze here. Takedown attempt from Kattar is blocked. Step-in elbow from Kattar. Jab from Kattar and then Chikadze lands a calf kick. Kattar switches stances and lands two more jabs. Jab and right hook lands for Chikadze.

Chikadze pushing forward more here and it looks like he’s found a second win. Nice shots from Chikadze, however, Kattar clips him and that backs Chikadze up. Right jab and a big left hook behind it from Kattar. Kattar tries hard for a takedown but Chikadze keeps it standing.

Jab and lead elbow from Kattar. Another elbow from Kattar and Chikadze is looking out of it here. More pressure from Kattar and he lands another jab. Slicing elbows in tight from Kattar. Right hook from Chikadze lands.

He tries for a head kick but Kattar blocks. Body kick from Chikadze. Now here comes Chikadze. Big combinations from Chikadze but he eats a big elbow from Kattar and that hurt him. Kattar pushes forward and closes the round strong. 4-0 Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 46 and Chikadze needs a finish to win this one. Kattar comes forward and eats a kick from Chikadze. Big combination from Chikadze and he’s throwing everything he has here in the opening seconds. Kattar withstands it well then he comes right back at Chikadze.

Chikadze lands a nice right hook off his back foot. Kattar pushing forward and lands a nice 1-2. Two more jabs from Kattar and another big elbow that wobbles Chikadze. More jabs from Kattar and Chikadze throws a body kick.

Two more jabs and a big right hand over the top lands for Kattar. Chikadze tries to answer back but nothing there. 1-2 from Kattar. However, Chikadze stops the advancement with a couple of clean shots. Kattar goes right back on the pressure but eats a big kick.

Three straight jabs land for Kattar. Step-in elbow from Kattar lands a bloodied and battered Giga Chikadze. Body kick from Chikadze. Big combination from Kattar lands and Chikadze just eats it. Right over the top lands for Chikadze.

Another huge elbow and a left straight lands for Kattar. Jab from Kattar and a jab counter from Chikadze. Spinning elbow from Kattar. Chikadze lands a combination. Kattar lands another elbow and these two are going to throw to the end.

Chikadze gets dropped by Kattar in the final seconds and the bell saves Chikadze. What a dominant performance from Calvin Kattar!

Calvin Kattar def. Giga Chikadze by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-44)