After a strong however unremarkable begin within the UFC that noticed him win his first 4 fights through choices (two of them splits), Giga Chikadze appears to have actually discovered his groove. His final two fights have been spectacular TKO wins, one an enormous head kick end in opposition to Jamey Simmons and the opposite a fast one minute liver kick finish against Cub Swanson.
After beating Swanson, Chikadze went massive by calling out Max Holloway… not precisely somebody the remainder of the featherweight division is lining as much as struggle after what he did to Calvin Kattar. However it was truly the Kattar struggle that received Giga excited to probably face off with the previous 145 pound champ.
“Each time he was doing a little loopy boxing combo I used to be like ‘Man, I actually need to struggle him,’” Chikadze defined to TMZ Sport. “I received so many messages like ‘Hey, when you ever going to struggle him, you gonna lose with this man!’ I used to be like what? It actually motivated me to do it much more and I undoubtedly really feel like I’m the perfect striker within the group and I actually need to struggle him and problem him and present the world what I’m succesful.”
“I assure you I’m the perfect striker within the group and a greater striker than Max Holloway. I simply want an opportunity to show it. And it doesn’t matter if it’s three spherical struggle, 5 spherical struggle. I solely give [Max] two … Yeah I imagine I can do it.”
The overall consensus after Holloway beat the brakes off of Kattar was that he’d struggle for the title once more. However there’s two issues that make me suppose perhaps Max’s fast future may contain a Chikadze struggle: first, present champ Alexander Volkanovski is ready to movie a season of The Final Fighter after which face Brian Ortega within the late summer season / early fall of 2021.
Secondly, if Volkanovski holds onto the belt, he’s already received two wins over Holloway. If Max needs to maintain the strain on for a title shot, some latest highlights will surely assist.
A bout in opposition to Chikadze may very well be seen as aggressive sufficient to be fascinating however not so excessive danger that it’d fear Staff Holloway. In a sport the place you solely receives a commission once you struggle, does Max actually need to wait till 2022 to compete once more?
“My message is gonna be: Max, you’ve been a champion, you’ve fought the perfect of the perfect from totally different divisions,” Chikadze completed. “I’m the brand new title within the group and that is the struggle you’re on the lookout for. You’ve had the belt already. I do know you’re a contender. However this can be a struggle that followers would get pleasure from probably the most. If you happen to have interaction, I’m right here.”