(#5) CALVIN KATTAR VS. (#8) GIGA CHIKADZE KICK OFF THE 1ST 2022 CARD AT UFC APEX

FEATHERWEIGHT FIREWORKS BETWEEN

(#5) CALVIN KATTAR AND (#8) GIGA CHIKADZE

KICK OFF NEW YEAR AT UFC APEX

 

FEATURED BOUT:

MUSLIM SALIKHOV vs. MICHEL PEREIRA

(#2) KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN vs. (#4) JENNIFER MAIA

(#5) BRANDON ROYVAL vs. (#7) ROGERIO BONTORIN

 

Las Vegas – UFC® kicks off 2022 with an exhilarating featherweight contenders’ bout that can see No. 5 ranked Calvin Kattar tackle No. 8 Giga Chikadze. The co-main occasion will characteristic Muslim Salikhov squaring off with Michel Pereira in a battle of surging welterweight strikers.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: KATTAR vs. CHIKADZE will happen Saturday, Jan. 15 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The primary card will likely be obtainable on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, in addition to simulcast in English and Spanish on ESPN+, beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. The prelims will kick off solely on ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

Gifted striker Kattar (22-5, combating out of Methuen, Mass.) has firmly etched himself among the many featherweight division’s hardest rivals. All through his UFC run, he has secured spectacular KO victories over Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas and Shane Burgos. Kattar now has his sights set on defending his spot within the rankings by changing into the primary fighter to knock out Chikadze.

Adorned kickboxer Chikadze (14-2, combating out of Tbilisi, Georgia) wasted no time cracking into the featherweight elite since becoming a member of the UFC roster. At present using a nine-fight win streak, he has delivered memorable KO wins in opposition to Edson Barboza, Cub Swanson and Jamey Simmons. Chikadze now goals to safe the most important victory of his profession to enter the division’s high 5.

A number of-time Sanda world champion Salikhov (18-2, combating out of Buynaksk, Dagestan, Russia) has confirmed to be among the many most dynamic strikers within the UFC. At present using a five-fight win streak, he holds spectacular wins over Francisco Trinaldo, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Nordine Taleb. Salikhov now appears for an additional spectacular victory to set himself up for a top-15 alternative.

All-action fighter Pereira (26-11 2NC, combating out of Las Vegas, Nev.) has confirmed to be among the many most enjoyable fighters at 170 kilos. All through his UFC run, he has earned spectacular victories in opposition to Niko Value, Khaos Williams and Danny Roberts. Pereira now intends to steal the present in his second UFC co-main occasion alternative with one other wild end.

Further bouts on the cardboard embrace:

  • Former ladies’s flyweight title challengers meet when No. 2 ranked Katlyn Chookagian (16-4, combating out of Amity Harbor, N.Y. by means of Quakertown, Penn.) faces No. 4 Jennifer Maia (19-7-1, combating out of Curitiba, PR, Brazil)
  • No. 5 ranked flyweight contender Brandon Royval (12-6, combating out of Englewood, Colo.) battles No. 7 Rogerio Bontorin (17-3 1NC, combating out of Colombo, Parana, Brazil)
  • Jake Collier (12-6, combating out of Cuba, Mo.) locks horns with Chase Sherman (15-8, combating out of D’Iberville, Miss.) at heavyweight
  • Gabriel Benitez (22-10, combating out of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) hopes to return to the win column when he meets TJ Brown (15-8, combating out of Little Rock, Ark.) at featherweight
  • Invoice Algeo (14-6, combating out of King of Prussia, Penn.) takes on Dana White’s Contender Sequence signee Joanderson Brito (12-2-1, combating out of Bauru, Sao Paulo, Brazil) at featherweight
  • The Final Fighter season 11 winner Court docket McGee (21-10, combating out of Orem, Utah) goes for his 10th UFC win when he meets Ramiz Brahimaj (9-3, combating out of Dallas, Texas) at welterweight
  • Dakota Bush (8-3, combating out of Cuba, Mo.) faces Dana White’s Contender Sequence veteran Viacheslav Borshchev (5-1, combating out of Sacramento, Calif. by means of Volgograd, Russia) at light-weight
  • Jamie Pickett (12-6, combating out of Wilmington, N.C.) takes on UFC newcomer Joseph Holmes (7-1, combating out of Dallas, Texas) in a middleweight conflict
  • Brian Kelleher (23-12, combating out of Selden, N.Y.) meets Saidyokub Kakhramonov (9-2, combating out of Irvine, Calif. by means of Samarkand, Uzbekistan) in an intriguing bantamweight bout
  • Strawweight prospects Silvana Juarez (10-3, combating out of Tucuman, Argentina) and Vanessa Demopoulos (6-4, combating out of Phoenix, Ariz.) each vie for his or her first UFC victories

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