Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN 32: Kattar vs. Chikadze, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC kicks off 2022 back at their home base of the UFC APEX with an exciting featherweight match-up that could impact the title picture at 145 pounds.
Fifth-ranked Calvin Kattar will square off against eighth-ranked Giga Chikadze in the five-round main event. Kattar returns to action for the first time in a year since his loss to Max Holloway last January, while Chikadze looks to extend a nine-fight win streak and stake his claim to being the next title challenger.
Also on the main card is a potential barnburner as heavyweights Jake Collier and Chase Sherman square off, a flyweight bout pitting Brandon Royval against Rogerio Bontorin, and a battle of former women's flyweight title challengers as Katlyn Chookagian battles Jennifer Maia.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Lightweights- TJ Brown (15-8, 1-2 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (14-6, 5-6 UFC)
Rosa took this fight on Tuesday night. Rosa landing leg kicks early as Brown is putting on the pressure and landing the jab and right hand. Brown with a right hand then a big body kick. Rosa lands a head kick. Rosa with a leg kick. Brown lands a leg kick and scores a takedown. They get to their feet and Brown lands an elbow. Rosa with a right hand. They trade in close range then Rosa with a leg kick. Rosa still landing leg kicks as Brown is landing punches. Rosa with another high kick. Brown with a left hook and shoots for a takedown and gets Rosa down. They get to their feet. Brown gets it back down and is looking to lock in an arm-triangle choke. Rosa defends and gets out and Brown now in his guard. Brown lands a big right hand at the end. 10-9 Brown.
They trade to start the second. Brown with a body kick. Both landing short shots and Rosa with a high kick. Brown scores a takedown. Rosa gives up his back and Brown with a right hand. Brown drags it back down and is in side control. Rosa sweeps to the top and is in side control now. Brown scrambles and reverses back to the top in side control. Brown in the half-guard but moves to the full guard. Rosa looked for an arm but they scrambled to their feet. They roll back to the mat and Brown in side control again. They're both working and Brown gets the back and then tries to set up the arm-triangle choke again. He has it locked in but lets go as the round comes to an end with them both landing. 10-9 Brown, 20-18 Brown.
Brown with a heavy calf kick. Brown lands a combo and then shoots for a takedown against the fence. Brown picks Rosa up and slams him to the mat and is in side control. Brown gets to the mount and lands a right hand then Rosa gives up his back. Brown lands some left hands. Rosa escapes to the top and is in the half-guard. Rosa is in side control and looking to set a choke up. Brown is able to escape to his feet and gets Rosa back down. Brown is on top and Rosa is looking for a kimura on the bottom. Brown gets to the full mount and is back looking for the arm-triangle. Brown gets the back again and they stand. Rosa then grabs the neck and is looking for a D'Arce choke. Brown escapes to his feet. Rosa ends on top landing elbows. 10-9 Brown, 30-27 Brown.
Official Result- TJ Brown def. Charles Rosa by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Featherweights- Brian Kelleher (23-12, 7-5 UFC) vs. Kevin Croom (21-13 1 NC, 0-1 1 NC UFC)
Croom took this fight on Wednesday. They are swinging early in wild exchanges then clinch but break. Kelleher lands a right hand that drops Croom for a moment. We have a groin strike and a timeout. They get back to action and Croom lands a right hand. Croom with a leg kick then a combo. Croom with another right hand. Croom with a leg kick. Kelleher shoots for a takedown but Croom defends as he continues to land more. Kelleher with a body shot. Croom with a combo. Kelleher lands a nice combo then gets a late takedown and ends the first in the guard of Croom. 10-9 Kelleher.
Croom landing combos to start the second. Both are landing early in the second with Croom landing more but Kelleher is covering up. Croom with a body kick then a leg kick and then another. Croom continuing to land more as they clinch against the fence but break. Kelleher lands a combo. Kelleher lands a body shot then a left hand and Croom just misses a knee as Kelleher gets a takedown. Kelleher looking for a guillotine choke. Kelleher now takes the back. Kelleher has a big cut open over his eye. They get up and Kelleher gets another takedown. Kelleher with an elbow as his ends the second on top. 10-9 Croom, 19-19.
Kelleher landing to the body as Croom landing to the head to start the third. Kelleher shoots for the takedown and gets it. Kelleher has the back as he's looking for full back control. Kelleher keeping Croom down with ease as he's trying to set a choke up. Kelleher has the neck as they stand. Kelleher gets a takedown and has the back but they scramble up. Kelleher grabs the neck and looks for a guillotine and now looks for a D'Arce choke. Kelleher controlling from the top as Croom looks gassed. Kelleher goes for the guillotine again. Kelleher has the back and is landing punches and looks for a rear-naked choke. Kelleher with some punches to end a dominant third round. 10-8 Kelleher, 29-27 Kelleher.
Official Result- Brian Kelleher def. Kevin Croom by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Welterweights- Court McGee (20-10, 9-9 UFC) vs. Ramiz Brahimaj (9-3, 1-1 UFC)
McGee lands a couple of short leg kicks. Brahimaj lands a left hand. McGee with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence. McGee trying hard for a takedown. McGee scores on the takedown. They get to their feet but McGee has back control. McGee gets another takedown. He gets the back as they stand. They break to the center. McGee with a body kick then a combo. Brahimaj with a left hand. McGee with a heavy right hand then a combination to the body. McGee with a right hand that drops Brahimaj at the end of the first. 10-9 McGee.
McGee with a right hand to start the second. McGee with a calf kick and Brahimaj stumbles. Brahimaj gets McGee down briefly but they stand and then McGee gets a takedown. They get to their feet and McGee controlling against the fence. McGee gets a brief takedown but they stand again. They break and trade jabs. McGee gets a late takedown. 10-9 McGee, 20-18 McGee.
McGee gets a takedown and Brahimaj looks for the neck but McGee pops out. McGee is in the guard of Brahimaj. Brahimaj still looking for the neck. McGee gets out and has the back on the ground. McGee now on top and is looking for an arm-triangle choke but the fence is in the way. McGee now takes the back and lands a right hand. He ends the fight with back control. 10-9 McGee, 30-27 McGee.
Official Result- Court McGee def. Ramiz Brahimaj by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Middleweights- Jamie Pickett (12-6, 1-2 UFC) vs. Joseph Holmes (7-1, 0-0 UFC)
Holmes is making his UFC debut. Holmes with a leg kick and they trade punches. Holmes with a leg kick then a right hand then another leg kick. Pickett backs Holmes up with the jab and they clinch against the fence. They break and both are throwing but miss. They clinch once again. They break. Pickett shoots for a takedown but Holmes defends. Pickett lands a jab. Pickett lands a right hand and just misses a head kick. Pickett gets a late takedown. Close round. 10-9 Pickett.
Pickett throwing early to start the second. They clinch against the fence. They break and Pickett landing some good shots. Holmes lands a punch and they clinch. They break and Pickett pressing forward. Holmes lands a right hand. Pickett with a left hand. Holmes stumbles back a little. They clinch and Pickett has the advantage. Holmes reverses but eats a knee from Pickett. They break and Pickett with a right hand. Holmes has a body lock as they walk around the cage. Pickett with a knee as they break. Pickett with a combo. Another close round. 10-9 Pickett, 20-18 Pickett.
Pickett comes forward and they clinch and Pickett lands a right hand as they break. Pickett then lands a punch then a high kick. They clinch again. They break away. Pickett with a leg kick. Pickett comes forward and they tie up. Pickett lands a right hand as they break and then clinch back up. They break. They clinch again but break. Holmes with a body kick. Holmes with a leg kick. Pickett with a side kick to the body. He lands another body kick. They break. Holmes with a jab and Pickett lands a solid punch. They clinch and Holmes misses an elbow as they break. Pickett with the jab and a side kick. 10-9 Pickett, 30-27 Pickett.
Official Result- Jamie Pickett def. Joseph Holmes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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> Featherweights- Bill Algeo (14-6, 1-2 UFC) vs. Joanderson Brito (12-2-1, 0-0 UFC)
Brito is making his UFC debut. Algeo throwing kicks early. They clinch against the fence. They trade knees in the clinch. Brito picks Algeo up and slams him down and has the back. Algeo is able to reverse into the guard of Brito. They scramble up and Brito is pressuring as Algeo grabs his neck and they push against the fence. Brito working hard for the takedown but they get up. Algeo lands a knee right to the chin of Brito. Brito throws some punches as he gets into a clinch. Algeo with a body kick. 10-9 Brito.
Algeo lands a right hand that stuns Brito. Brito comes forward and drops for a takedown. Algeo lands some hammerfists to defend. Brito working hard for the takedown as Algeo is sprawling and landing to the body. They break and both men are throwing and Brito is landing as he's throwing a ton and then he goes back for the takedown against the fence. Algeo gets a takedown and is in side control and lands some punches. Brito gets to his feet and Algeo has the neck and lands some foot stomps. Algeo with a knee and a left hand as they break. Brito with a combo. They tie up at the end. 10-9 Algeo, 19-19.
Algeo with a combo to start the third. Brito throwing but Algeo is ducking away from the punches. Brito is coming forward and landing punches. Algeo backing up and lands a body kick. Brito with a right hand and they clinch for a moment but break. Algeo with a left hand. Algeo tries for a takedown as he has back control against the fence. Algeo with a couple of knees. They break. Brito with a jab. Brito with a right hand. Algeo lands a couple of short left hands as Brito lands a right hand to the body. Both are landing and Brito lands a nice right hand as he drops for a takedown against the fence. Algeo gets a big takedown and is in side control. Algeo gets the back and lands some elbows. He finishes the fight with the body triangle. 10-9 Algeo, 29-28 Algeo.
Official Result- Bill Algeo def. Joanderson Brito by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Lightweights- Dakota Bush (8-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Slava Borshchev (5-1, 0-0 UFC)
Borshchev is making his UFC debut. Bush with a leg kick. Bush lands a right hand. Borshchev with a leg kick. Bush gets a takedown and is in the guard of Borshchev. They scramble to their feet. Bush lands a knee that hurts Borshchev and he's retreating. Bush lands a right hand and is landing more but Borshchev lands a counter right hand. Bush gets a takedown and has the back. Borshchev able to escape and now goes into the guard of Bush. They get up and Borshchev with a knee to the body. Borshchev with a big left hook to the body that drops Bush and some follow-up punches end it. What a finish by Borshchev as he gets the first UFC finish of 2022.
Official Result- Slava Borshchev def. Dakota Bush by TKO (punches) at 3:47 of Round 1
> Women's Flyweights- Katlyn Chookagian (#2, 16-4, 9-4 UFC) vs. Jennifer Maia (#4, 19-7-1, 4-3 UFC)
Maia with a right hand. They trade punches. Maia with a nice combo. Maia with a leg kick. Chookagian with the jab. Maia lands a right hand. Maia lands a left hand. Chookagian with a left hook. Chookagian with a leg kick. They trade left hands. Maia with a leg kick. Chookagian gets a takedown and is in the half-guard. Chookagian gets to side control and is trying to find a way to set up a choke. She ends the round in the position. 10-9 Chookagian.
They trade to start the second and Maia is landing the jab. Maia lands a right hand. Chookagian gets the body lock against the fence. They break and Maia is landing more punches. Chookagian with a right hand. Chookagian tries for a takedown against the fence but Maia defends and they separate. Maia with a leg kick and then lands a right hand. Maia with a right hand. Chookagian with a right hand. They trade right hands. Chookagian lands a step-in knee. Maia now pushes Chookagian against the fence. She tries for the takedown but Chookagian gets the back on the mat. She ends the round on the back. 10-9 Chookagian, 20-18 Chookagian.
Chookagian lands a right hand to start the third. They trade in close range and Chookagian with a knee to the body. Maia being more aggressive early in the third. Chookagian with a leg kick. Chookagian with a nice combination. Chookagian continues to land the jab. Both are landing punches with Chookagian landing with more volume. They trade right hands. Chookagian with a right hand to the body then the head and Maia lands a right hand. Maia with a right hand. They trade left hands. Both are landing some nice punches at the end here. Chookagian with a high kick. 10-9 Chookagian, 30-27 Chookagian.
Official Result- Katlyn Chookagian def. Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Flyweights- Brandon Royval (#5, 12-6, 2-2 UFC) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (#7, 17-3 1 NC, 3-2 UFC)
Bontorin with a leg kick and it sweeps Royval to the mat for a brief second. Royval lands a combo. Royval landing low kicks and just misses a flying knee. Royval throws a kick and Bontorin grabs the leg and ducks under a spinning back fist attempt from Royval. Bontorin gets a takedown. They end up scrambling up and Royval landing more. Bontorin gets another takedown and Royval is being active from his back. Royval trying to throw his legs up for a submission. Royval rolls and they scramble up as the round ends. 10-9 Royval.
Royval comes forward right away and Bontorin lands a left hand and Royval tries to pull guard. Bontorin gets on top and then takes the back of Royval. Bontorin then gets back on top but Royval being very active again from the bottom. Bontorin postures up and lands a right hand as he gets back on top. They get to their feet and Bontorin has back control. They separate. Royval lands a combo. Royval with a body kick and then a spinning elbow that connects a little. Bontorin gets a takedown and has the back of Royval. They get to their feet. They separate. Royval with a body kick. Bontorin with a leg kick and then backs Royval up with a left hand. Bontorin gets a takedown and right into side control near the end of the second. 10-9 Bontorin, 19-19.
They are both swinging for the fences to start the third and both land. Bontorin lands a couple of left hands. Royval with a combo and a body kick. Bontorin gets a takedown and Royval looking for an arm from the bottom. Royval looks to maybe have the armbar in. It kind of looked like Bontorin may have tapped but he escapes. Bontorin stands and Royval tries this weird spinning elbow from the ground as Bontorin gets back into side control. They scramble and Royval ends up on top. Royval with some punches from the top. Royval trying to set up an arm-triangle choke. Bontorin keeping a hold of the half-guard. Royval with some elbows from the top. Royval with body punches. Royval with a big flurry from the top to end the fight. Good fight. 10-9 Royval, 29-28 Royval.
Official Result- Brandon Royval def. Rogerio Bontorin by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Heavyweights- Jake Collier (12-6, 4-5 UFC) vs. Chase Sherman (15-8, 3-7 UFC)
They are trading big punches to start the fight. Collier lands a big right hand and is landing some big shots as Sherman is eating them. Sherman lands a nice uppercut. Both are landing and Collier pushes Sherman down to the mat. Collier gets the mount and is landing huge elbows and Sherman is cut open. Collier with some big right hands. Sherman gives up his back and Collier is looking for a choke. He has it locked in and Sherman taps. Just a mauling by Collier.
Official Result- Jake Collier def. Chase Sherman by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:26 of Round 1
> Featherweights- Calvin Kattar (#5, 22-5, 6-3 UFC) vs. Giga Chikadze (#8, 14-2, 7-0 UFC)
Chikadze with a leg kick. He lands another. Kattar with a leg kick and then a jab. Chikadze with a combo ending with a head kick. He lands another kick and then slips and Kattar gets a big takedown and is on top near the center of the Octagon. Kattar working from the top and lands a couple of right hands. Kattar gets the back for a moment and uses it to get back on top. Chikadze has the neck and Kattar switches to the side to defend. They scramble and Kattar has an arm-triangle from the bottom but uses it to take the back of Chikadze. Kattar gets back on top to end the first. 10-9 Kattar.
Chikadze with a body kick. Chikadze with a right hand. Chikadze with a combo and then a body kick. Both are throwing and landing and Chikadze is circling around as Kattar is the one applying pressure. They both land punches. Kattar lands a big right hand and then another. Chikadze lands a jab. Chikadze with a left hook to the body and lands more to the body. Chikadze is getting tired. Kattar with a right hand and an elbow. Kattar with another standing elbow. Chikadze with the jab. Kattar with a combination. Chikadze with a couple of left hands. Kattar with a big shot. Kattar lands a big uppercut then a hard right hand and then a big knee. Chikadze with a head kick. Kattar gets a late takedown and lands some big right hands at the end. 10-9 Kattar, 20-18 Kattar.
Kattar pressing forward and landing as Chikadze is backing up. They trade jabs. Kattar with the jab. Chikadze missing most of his shots. Kattar with the triple jab then a big right hand. Chikadze with a big shot. Kattar tries for a takedown but Chikadze grabbed the fence. Kattar had the back for a moment then lands a big elbow. Chikadze lands a left hand. Kattar with a left hand. Kattar with a right hand. Kattar with the jabs then a right hand. Kattar with a big left hand. Chikadze is wobbly and got off balanced after throwing a right hand that missed by a mile. Kattar with a combo and lands a big left hand and Chikadze with a late combo. 10-9 Kattar, 30-27 Kattar.
Kattar lands a combo to start the fourth. Kattar continuing to land the jab. Chikadze with a body kick. Kattar with a body kick and landing the jab. Kattar with a sharp elbow. Kattar with more jabs. Chikadze lands a jab. Chikadze with a right hand. Chikadze with a combo. Kattar with an uppercut. Chikadze's face is a mess. Chikadze with a right hand. Kattar grabs a single leg but Chikadze defends the takedown attempt. Kattar with some elbows. Chikadze with a combo. Kattar with some elbows. Kattar with a right hand then an elbow. Chikadze with a high kick. Chikadze with a body kick. Kattar with a big right hand. Kattar lands a couple of big elbows and Chikadze is hurt. Kattar with big shots late. 10-9 Kattar, 40-36 Kattar.
Kattar with a heavy leg kick. Chikadze with a combo. Kattar pressing forward as Chikadze is back tracking. Kattar with a combo. They trade jabs. Kattar with a big right hand. Kattar lands a spinning elbow and Chikadze lands a big right hand. Chikadze with a high kick. They both land leg kicks at the same time. Kattar with a right hand. Kattar with a massive right hand. Kattar lands a spinning elbow. Chikadze with a left hand. Kattar lands some elbows. Kattar with a combo mixing to the head and body. Kattar with some big shots late and Chikadze can't even stand and he falls down and Kattar with big shots at the end of the fight. What a fantastic fight, just incredible. 10-9 Kattar, 50-45 Kattar.
Official Result- Calvin Kattar def. Giga Chikadze by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-44)