Giga Chikadze is pretty loud after beating Edson Barboza. The Georgian fighter is currently in the eighth place in the challenger rankings in the lightweight category, although he hoped to jump into the Top 5 after the victory against Barboza.
Giga made his UFC debut two years ago and in a relatively short period of time came up with as many as seven consecutive wins. He defeated the last three opponents by technical knockouts and now insists that his next fight be a kind of "title eliminator"
The fighter he sees as the most interesting name for his next opponent is Max Holloway, a former UFC lightweight champion. Max was supposed to fight Yair Rodriguez in the seventh month, but had to cancel the fight due to injury.
It was said then that the fight would get a new date, but it is not yet known when the two fighters should settle accounts. Chikadze, meanwhile, is lobbying for his place in the fight against Holloway '' I think Max (Holloway) needs to fight me if he wants another chance for the belt.
No one wants to watch Max and Alex (Volkanovski) all the time." "Now it’s time for me to get a big fight like it would be a match against Max and ready for it. I want that fight as soon as possible. He is worried, but people want that match, '' Giga told Submission Radio.
Chikadze on his opponent
Holloway is considered by many to be the best boxer in that category and one of the best boxers on the entire UFC roster. Giga Chikadze also prefers standing fights, but his background is kickboxing and he uses kicks very well.
"Ninja" wants to prove against Max that his standing skills are more dominant. '' He said he was the best boxer, but I know I'm the best hitter (the best in standing). So our fight will take place in a stand-up, and I guarantee you he will be on crutches when the fight is over."
As for the very top of the lightweight category, this weekend we will have a match between champion Alexander Volkanovski and challenger Brian Ortega. Chikadze gave his vision and forecast for the fight to Submission Radio.
"If I hadn't watched Brian's last performance, I would definitely have predicted Volkanovski's victory. But we saw how far Brian (Ortega) had progressed, we saw his boxing." "His strategy was very good when he fought "Zombie" and so I don't know what to say, it's a difficult decision. I will stay with Volkanovski, but I will not be surprised if Brian does his job, '' Chikadze added.