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Calvin Kattar vs Giga Chikadze A battle between two well established strikers. Kattar is the better pure boxer, but I expect a lot of the fight to take place at kick range. Chikadze might be the best kickboxer in the Featherweight division. Now it's possible Calvin Kattar might try and take this fight to the ground. Cub Swanson tried that and got finished. Now Calvin Kattar is definitely a step up from Cub Swanson. I don't see him getting finished but I believe Chikadze will land more significant strikes, and minimize his wrestling. PREDICTION Giga Chikadze to Win by Decision <WRONG> BET 2.5 Rounds > OVER 1.65 (-155) <WIN>
Katlyn Chookagian vs Jennifer Maia
This fight happened in 2019 and I remember it well. Chookagian is the taller stronger striker vs Maia the smaller ground specialist. In 2019, Maia was unable to reliably take Chookagian down. That was the difference because while standing Katlyn is the far better striker. I think Katlyn Chookagian is just too strong for Maia to impose her will. I see this fight as a repeat of the first.
Katlyn Chookagian to Win by Decision <RIGHT>
Chookagian to WIN > 1.48 (-210) <WIN>
Brandon Royval vs Rogerio Bontorin This looks like a very even fight on paper. Both fighters are true mixed martial artists. Both have the ability to get the win standing or on the ground. I believe Royval has a slight advantage on the feet but this fight may not happen there. Royval is the taller fighter and has a reach advantage so Bontorin might try to make this a gritty fight. If Bontorin is able to do it this will seriously test the judges jujitsu knowledge. If they are lucky this fight ends with a submission. PREDICTION Brandon Royval to Win by Decision <RIGHT> BET 2.5 Rounds > OVER 1.65 (-155) <WIN>
Jake Collier vs Chase Sherman A couple of average heavyweights looking for a Win bonus, and maybe a highlight reel knockout to impress Dana White . There is one obvious problem with this fight. Both fighters prefer to counterpunch. Neither fighter throws much volume. This could be a very slow paced contest. This will come down to who is the more accurate, or has the better cardio. I don't expect either fighter to take too many risks so this fight will probably go the distance. It's a bit of a coin flip so I will throw my hat in with the underdog. PREDICTION Chase Sherman to Win by Decision <WRONG> BET 2.5 Rounds > OVER 1.65 (-155) <LOSS>
Bill Algeo vs Joanderson Brito
Joanderson Brito makes his UFC debut after impressing at Dana White's Contender series. He is on a 10 fight win streak and hasn't lost since the beginning of his MMA career in 2015. Meanwhile Bill Algeo is 1-2 in the UFC and wasn't impressive in his last win. This looks like a welcome introduction fight for Joanderson Brito. A fight he is supposed to win.
Joanderson Brito to Win by Decision <WRONG>
Brito to WIN > 1.69 (-145) <LOSS>
Last year, I had an impressive winning record as far as my Predictions went (13-4). For those of you that followed my betting advice. I am happy to say you finished the year with a fatter wallet (+0.73 units). Actually my rate of return increased as the year went on so I'm riding high right now.
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