LAS VEGAS – Giga Chikadzeis aiming excessive within the rankings.
The rising UFC featherweight contender desires to tackle a high-caliber opponent following his most up-to-date win contained in the octagon. Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) put away veteran Cub Swanson a little bit greater than a minute into their co-main occasion at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 23 occasion in Las Vegas.
Chikadze stopped Swanson (27-12 MMA, 12-8 UFC) with strikes after a physique kick that folded Swanson and despatched him all the way down to the canvas. After the efficiency, the Georgian fighter didn’t hesitate to name out former 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 loved this combat, and each time he was doing one thing good I used to be like, ‘I wish to combat him. I wish to combat him,’” Chikadze informed MMA Junkie on the UFC on ESPN 23 post-fight information convention. “I really feel like after any such efficiency, I would get it – if not, then I would get (Kattar).”
Chikadze is now on an eight-fight successful streak with six of these victories being beneath the UFC lights. He’s at present ranked within the high 15 of the UFC’s 145-pound division.
The previous GLORY kickboxer made massive headlines along with his callouts of Holloway and Kattar, but it surely wasn’t the one speaking level from his bout. His end over Swanson was one for the spotlight reel.
“I’ve been on this second many occasions with my kick,” Chikadze mentioned. “My liver kick – my ‘Giga kick’ – any such kick that you just damage anyone however they’re nonetheless not unconscious, they nonetheless really feel all the pieces and so they can see it. It type of blocks your physique to do all the pieces. I’ve been doing this in karate and kickboxing and I’ve had any such expertise each time. Once I felt that, I spotted I had already gained the combat. I noticed what the referee was doing and since he did’t cease me I continued simply to make him assume that it’s over.”