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Early Preview: Fight Night Predictions, Vegas Odds, How to Watch, Confirmed Bouts (Jan 15)

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  • UFC returns for first event of 2022.
  • Fight Night back at the Apex Center.
  • Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze to headline in Main Event.

Following a four-week break over Christmas and New Year, the UFC is finally set to return this weekend.

The promotion’s state-of-the-art Apex Center will once again play host as fight fans prepare to see 2022 kick off with a bang.

This weekend’s Fight Night so far has 11 confirmed bouts with notable matchups including a feature Prelim showdown between welterweights Court McGee and Ramiz Brahimaj before Bill Algeo and Joanderson Brito open the Main Card.

The event’s headliner will see another featherweight bout take place as America’s Calvin Kattar takes on Georgian contender and kicking specialist Giga Chikadze.

Ahead of the UFC’s first event of the year – Vegas Odds has all you need to know, including start times, where to watch, the current betting markets, and more…

Latest From UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Cikadze

  • Location: Apex Centre, Las Vegas, USA.
  • Date: January 15, 2022.
  • Time: Prelims 4 p.m ET | Main Card 7 p.m ET
  • Channel: UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.

Announced Bouts

Prelims

  • Women’s Strawweight:Silvana Gomez Juarez vs. Vanessa Demopoulos
  • Bantamweight: Brian Kelleher vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov
  • Lightweight: Dakota Bush vs. Viacheslav Borshchev
  • Featherweight: Gabriel Benitez vs. T.J Brown
  • Welterweight: Court McGree vs. Ramiz Brahimaj

Main Card and Vegas Odds

Featherweight: Bill Algeo vs. Joanderson Brito

FighterMoneyline Odds
Bill Algeo+110
Joanderson Brito-130

Making his UFC debut, Brazil’s Joanderson Brito will be hoping to make an impression when he takes on Bill Algeo in Saturday’s Prelims opener.

Currently 1-2 in his first three UFC fights, Algeo is in desperate need of finding some consistency but will face a tough task when he takes the versatile debutant.

Pick: Joanderson Brito

Heavyweight: Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman

FighterMoneyline Odds
Jake Collier-125
Chase Sherman+105

Both these fighters need a win.

Chase Sherman has lost two of his first three fights since making his UFC debut nearly two years ago and Jake Collier has not won back-to-back fights since 2014.

Although this is another bout that will be tightly contested, with 14 of his 15 career wins coming by way of knockout, I am leaning narrowly towards a Sherman finish.

Pick: Chase Sherman

Flyweight: Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin

FighterMoneyline Odds
Brandon Royval-155
Rogerio Bontorin+135

Coming into this flyweight matchup, Colorado’s Brandon Royval is on a two-fight losing streak and will be under pressure to get back into the win column.

Rogerio Bontorin, on the other hand, claimed victory over Matt Schnell in his last outing back in May 2021.

Although I expect this one to be a close encounter, this is a dangerous matchup for Royval, and unfortunately for the Factory X prospect – I expect him to be left disappointed, once again.

Pick: Rogerio Bontorin

Women’s Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia

FighterMoneyline Odds
Katlyn Chookagian-172
Jennifer Maia+147

Following back-to-back victories over Cynthia Calvillo and then most recently Viviane Araujo, New Jersey’s Katlyn Chookagian will come into Saturday’s Main Card flyweight bout in great confidence.

Looking to derail her opponent’s momentum will be experienced Brazilian Jennifer Maia, who herself will come in off the back of a recent win.

With the margins so close in this one, it’s likely to come down to the toss of a coin.

Pick: Katlyn Chookagian

Welterweight: Michel Pereira vs. TBC

Originally scheduled to fight Russia’s Muslim Salikhov, after being forced to withdraw, the UFC is now searching for a late replacement for fan-favorite Michel Pereira.

Featherweight: Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze

FighterMoneyline Odds
Calvin Kattar+198
Giga Chikadze-233

What a main event!

Both Kattar and Chikadze are hard-hitting and notoriously durable.

Although fight fans have yet to see the full extent of Chikadze’s toughness – when it comes to Kattar, following his brutal decision loss against Max Holloway last year, there is no doubting the American’s willingness to go to war.

While I expect this one to be a grueling encounter, I see no other outcome than a Chikadze win and the high-flying Georgian continuing his rise up the rankings.

Pick: Giga Chikadze.

Leah is a British sports writer who specialises in MMA and soccer betting. In her spare time, Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American Hip Hop.

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