LAS VEGAS – Giga Chikadzeis aiming excessive in the rankings.
The rising UFC featherweight contender wishes to make a selection out on a excessive-caliber opponent following his most modern purchase all the map throughout the octagon. Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) establish away veteran Cub Swanson a tiny higher than a minute into their co-well-known event at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 23 event in Las Vegas.
Chikadze stopped Swanson (27-12 MMA, 12-8 UFC) with strikes after a body kick that folded Swanson and despatched him down to the canvas. After the performance, the Georgian fighter didn’t hesitate to call out veteran UFC champion Max Holloway and high contender Calvin Kattar.
“I used to be in Georgia when Max fought Calvin. I used to be doing commentary for the combat, and I enjoyed this combat, and each time he used to be doing one thing nice I used to be like, ‘I’d like to combat him. I’d like to combat him,’” Chikadze fast MMA Junkie on the UFC on ESPN 23 post-combat news convention. “I actually feel like after this own of performance, I’d get it – if no longer, then I’d get (Kattar).”
Chikadze is now on an eight-combat successful lumber with six of those victories being below the UFC lights. He’s currently ranked in the head 15 of the UFC’s 145-pound division.
The veteran GLORY kickboxer made mammoth headlines along with his callouts of Holloway and Kattar, nonetheless it wasn’t essentially the most bright talking point from his bout. His stop over Swanson used to be one for the highlight reel.
“I’ve been on this moment ceaselessly with my kick,” Chikadze acknowledged. “My liver kick – my ‘Giga kick’ – this own of kick that you simply effort someone nonetheless they’re soundless no longer unconscious, they soundless actually feel the whole lot and they also’ll search it. It roughly blocks your body to assemble the whole lot. I’ve been doing this in karate and kickboxing and I’ve had this own of trip every time. When I felt that, I realized I had already won the combat. I observed what the referee used to be doing and because he did’t discontinuance me I continued appropriate to compose him mediate that it’s over.”