UFC Vegas 46 is the first UFC event of 2022, headlined by a featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. Both fighters could be flung into the featherweight title picture with a win this Saturday. That being said, here are some UFC Vegas 46 betting tips to help you win big this weekend.
UFC Vegas 46 Betting Tips
Brandon Royval to win outright (-160)
Brandon Royval (12-6) will face Rogerio Bontorin (17-3-1NC) in a flyweight scrap. Both men have suffered two defeats in their last three bouts and will be looking to build momentum in what promises to be an entertaining contest.
Bontorin is a great grappler, with eleven of his seventeen victories coming by way of submission. His strong wrestling base and slick submissions will make him a problem for any opposition on the canvas. However, he has also demonstrated a strong stand-up game during his UFC tenure, upsetting Magomed Bibulatov and causing a brutal cut to Raulian Paiva.
However, Royval represents an incredibly tough matchup for Bontorin. Royval is a treat to watch, always setting a crazy pace to open up his world-class submission game. “Raw Dawg” will be looking to overwhelm Bontorin on the feet with his very legitimate power and then mix in some takedowns.
It will be interesting to see who will be able to implement their grappling game more effectively. However, Royval’s experience against a very high calibre of opposition should help in this regard. If Royval wasn’t coming into this contest on a two-fight skid it is likely he would have been a far larger favourite, and the current odds make him very good value. Royval’s strongest attribute is his scrambling ability, which means that even if Bontorin establishes a dominant position Royval could escape it at any moment. Therefore, Royval to win is the first pick of these UFC Vegas 46 betting tips.
Chookagian to win via decision (-105)
Katlyn Chookagian (16-4) and Jennifer Maia (19-7-1) find themselves in contender purgatory. Having both lost dominantly to the elite of their division, both women will know that they must win to maintain relevancy in the title picture.
Maia needs to implement a wrestling game as fast as possible against Chookagian. Although she has shown significant improvements in recent bouts, notably dragging Valentina Shevchenko to a decision loss, Chookagian represents a poor stylistic matchup for her. Due to Chookagian having a five-inch height advantage, Maia will find it difficult to utilise her effective clinch game and will probably have to shoot for takedowns from unfavourable positions.
Katlyn Chookagian is simply a decision expert. She is very good at utilising her reach advantage, four inches in this bout, by popping a jab and simply just touching her opponent. Her grappling has looked far more competent in recent wins against Cynthia Calvillo and Viviane Araujo and she should be confident in winning this rematch.
Chookagian has the tools to win this bout and, considering her 0 finishes inside the UFC, it makes perfect sense to bet on her to win via decision. Therefore, Chookagian via decision is the second pick of these UFC Vegas 46 betting tips.