In the first UFC main event of 2022, Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze reminded fans what they were missing in a five-round slugfest that put up an early contender for “Fight of the Year” at UFC Vegas 46.
One year removed from a brutal loss to ex-champ Max Holloway, Kattar dominated Chikadze from bell to bell, walking through brutal punches and kicks to beat the decorated kickboxer at his own game. Chikadze proved himself a tough customer at featherweight, but Kattar showed he is still a viable contender at 145 pounds.
Here’s what fighters had to say about the UFC Vegas 46 main card.
That was stupid fun— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) January 16, 2022
Kattar’s elbows— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) January 16, 2022
Wow that’s how u comeback after a long layoff— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) January 16, 2022
Goodness. Kattar is one of my favorite to watch. Always crisp and technical. Always game. Heart and swagger. #UFCvegas46— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) January 16, 2022
Kattar vs yair or Ortega would be fire— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) January 16, 2022
Didn’t know 202020 was a year but fuck it raw dog baby hahah— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) January 16, 2022
I donno how long royvol plans on fighting but 202020 is a long way always. I guess raw dogging keeps you young— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) January 16, 2022
Royval reminds me of a Tony Ferguson in his prime. Crazy grappling tranasitions, non stop movement, and not the most technical on the feet but just trying to cause damage at all costs. Dude is nasty!— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) January 16, 2022
Borschev prosto borschanul today https://t.co/5wdzg9gI6V— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) January 16, 2022
Algeo always fights everyone tough— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) January 16, 2022