The Predator-class fighter was the starfighter used by the New Sith Galactic Evil Krayt Empire... or whatever they called it. Actually, it turns out that TIE fighters were merely the larval stage of a slightly more powerful starfighter. The TIE fighter feeds voraciously on leaves, bark, and undergrowth, until it reaches maturity, at which point it finds a suitable asteroid, sheds its solar panel wings, and forms a thick metal chrysalis. At the end of this process, the fighter molts, shedding its pupa skin and eventually emerging as a beautiful Predator.
Predators were also sometimes known as the "Jazz Hands" of the Empire. Cade Skywalker had to shoot down a bunch of the little fuckers.