UFC on ESPN 32: Kattar vs. Chikadze main card staff predictions

Can Calvin Kattar halt Giga Chikadze’s rise? Can Dakota Bush spoil the much-anticipated debut of Viacheslav Borshchev? The predictions from the MMA Empire team, along with our guest picker, can be found below for the six-fight main card.

Our guest picker for this event is Canadian middleweight prospect Ali Charkie (1-1). After having difficulty finding a willing opponent to make his professional debut against, Charkie finally did so in impressive fashion at Unified MMA 40, taking a unanimous decision over Lorenzo Celis. Charkie will be back in action again at Unified MMA 43 where he takes on Phil Engeroff.

2022 standings

1. Cole Shelton (0-0) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

2. Cooper Riehl (0-0) 136-85-3 in 2021

3. Joel Griffith (0-0) 135-86-3 in 2021

4. Cody Rempel (0-0) 134-87-3 in 2021

5. Kylan Knowler (0-0) 128-93-3 in 2021

6. Joe McDonagh (0-0) 122-99-3 in 2021

7. Guest picker (0-0) 115-106-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (0-0) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Jason Hagholm (0-0) N/A in 2021

Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze

Cole Shelton: Giga Chikadze via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Giga Chikadze via decision.

Cody Rempel: Giga Chikadze via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Calvin Kattar via decision.

Ali Charkie: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Calvin Kattar via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Giga Chikadze via TKO.

Picks – Calvin Kattar: 2, Giga Chikadze: 7

Jake Collier vs. Chase Sherman

Cole Shelton: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Jake Collier via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Jake Collier via decision.

Cody Rempel: Chase Sherman via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Chase Sherman via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Chase Sherman via decision.

Ali Charkie: Chase Sherman via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Jake Collier via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Chase Sherman via knockout.

Picks – Jake Collier: 3, Chase Sherman: 6

Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin

Cole Shelton: Brandon Royval via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Brandon Royval via decision.

Joel Griffith: Brandon Royval via decision.

Cody Rempel: Rogerio Bontorin via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Brandon Royval via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Brandon Royval via submission.

Ali Charkie: Brandon Royval via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Brandon Royval via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Rogerio Bontorin via decision.

Picks – Brandon Royval: 7, Rogerio Bontorin: 2

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jennifer Maia

Cole Shelton: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Joel Griffith: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cody Rempel: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Ali Charkie: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Jennifer Maia via decision.

Picks – Katlyn Chookagian: 8, Jennifer Maia: 1

Dakota Bush vs. Viacheslav Borshchev

Cole Shelton: Viacheslav Borshchev via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Viacheslav Borshchev via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Viacheslav Borshchev via decision.

Cody Rempel: Viacheslav Borshchev via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Viacheslav Borshchev via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Viacheslav Borshchev via decision.

Ali Charkie: Viacheslav Borshchev via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Dakota Bush via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Viacheslav Borshchev via TKO.

Picks – Dakota Bush: 1, Viacheslav Borshchev: 8

Bill Algeo vs. Joanderson Brito

Cole Shelton: Joanderson Brito via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Joanderson Brito via submission.

Joel Griffith: Joanderson Brito via decision.

Cody Rempel: Joanderson Brito via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Joanderson Brito via TKO.

Joe McDonagh: Bill Algeo via decision.

Ali Charkie: Joanderson Brito via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Joanderson Brito via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Joanderson Brito via TKO.

Picks – Bill Algeo: 1, Joanderson Brito: 8