UFC on ESPN 32 predictions: Who’s picking Calvin Kattar to upset Giga Chikadze?

The first UFC event of the year takes place Saturday in Las Vegas with featherweights at the top of the bill.

UFC on ESPN 32 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+.

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In the main event, Giga Chikadze (14-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) will look to keep his perfect UFC record intact when he takes on Calvin Kattar (22-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at 145 pounds. Chikadze is a sizable -250 favorite at Tipico; the comeback on Kattar is +190. Our 12 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are backing Chikadze at a 9-3 clip.

In the co-feature, Jake Collier (12-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) takes on Chase Sherman (15-8 MMA, 3-7 UFC) at heavyweight. Collier is a slight favorite at -140 and has a big 9-3 lead from our pickers.

Also on the main card, Rogerio Bontorin (17-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets Brandon Royval (12-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at flyweight. Royval is a -175 betting favorite and also has a 9-3 edge from our staff members in the picks.

Former women’s flyweight title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (16-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) returns against Jennifer Maia (19-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC). Chookagian nearly is a 2-1 favorite at -190 at the betting window, but she has just a narrow 7-5 lead in the picks.

Viacheslav Borshchev (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the biggest favorite on the main card at -210 in his lightweight fight against Dakota Bush (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). He’s also got a big lead from our pickers at 9-3.

And to open the main card, Bill Algeo (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) takes on Joanderson Brito (12-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at featherweight. Brito is a slight favorite at -140 and has a 9-3 lead from our pickers.

In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Chikadze (68 percent), Sherman (68 percent), Royval (74 percent), Chookagian (66 percent), Borshchev (80 percent) and Brito (58 percent) are the choices.

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