The first UFC event of the year takes place in Las Vegas on Saturday with the featherweights headlining.
UFC on ESPN 32 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN after the prelims on ESPN+.
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In the main event, Giga Chikadze (14-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) will be looking 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 size -250 favorite at Tipico; the return on Kattar is +190. Our 12 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers support Chikadze in 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 advantage from our staff 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 is almost a 2-1 favorite at -190 going into the betting window, but she only has 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 bout against Dakota Bush (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). He also has 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 over our coaches.
In the consensus picks of MMA Junkie readers, Chikadze (68%), Sherman (68%), Royval (74%), Chookagian (66%), Borshchev (80%) and Brito (58%) are the picks.
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