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

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

Collier
vs.
Sherman

Bontorin
vs.
Royval

Chookagian
vs.
Maia

Borshchev
vs.
Bush

Algeo
vs.
Brito

MMA Junkie readers’
consensus picks
2021: 209-121

chikadze2022


Chikadze
(68%)

sherman2022


Sherman
(68%)

royval2022


Royval
(74%)

chookagian2022


Chookagian
(66%)

borshchev2022


Borshchev
(80%)

brito2022


Brito
(58%)

John Morgan
@MMAjunkieJohnA
2021: 212-118

trophy copy

2014 Champion

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

chookagian2022


Chookagian

borshchev2022


Borshchev

algeo2022


Algeo

Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2021: 211-119

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

maia2022


Maia

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

Mike Bohn
@MikeBohnMMA
2021: 205-125

trophy copy

2014 Champion

chikadze2022


Chikadze

sherman2022


Sherman

bontorin2022


Bontorin

chookagian2022


Chookagian

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

Matt Erickson
@MMAjunkieMatt
2021: 202-128

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

chookagian2022


Chookagian

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

Nolan King
@mma_kings
2021: 201-129

kattar2022


Kattar

collier2022


Collier

bontorin2022


Bontorin

chookagian2022


Chookagian

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

Matthew Wells
@MrMWells
2021: 130-84 (60.57)

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

maia2022


Maia

bush2022


Bush

brito2022


Brito

Ken Hathaway
@kenshathaway
2021: 195-135

trophy copy

2018 Champion

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

bontorin2022


Bontorin

chookagian2022


Chookagian

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

Danny Segura
@dannyseguratv
2021: 194-136

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

chookagian2022


Chookagian

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

Farah Hannoun
@Farah_Hannoun
2021: 192-138

kattar2022


Kattar

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

chookagian2022


Chookagian

bush2022


Bush

brito2022


Brito

George Garcia
@MMAjunkieGeorge
2021: 191-139

kattar2022


Kattar

sherman2022


Sherman

royval2022


Royval

maia2022


Maia

borshchev2022


Borshchev

algeo2022


Algeo

Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2021: 190-140

trophy copy

2017 Champion

chikadze2022


Chikadze

collier2022


Collier

royval2022


Royval

maia2022


Maia

bush2022


Bush

algeo2022


Algeo

Abbey Subhan
@kammakaze
2021: 187-143

chikadze2022


Chikadze

sherman2022


Sherman

royval2022


Royval

maia2022


Maia

borshchev2022


Borshchev

brito2022


Brito

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+.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

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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