‘I Kick the Sh*t Out of People’- Giga Chikadze Sends a Fiery Call-Out to Max Holloway After Demolishing Edson Barboza

Published 08/29/2021, 2:05 AM EDT


UFC featherweight Giga Chikadze stole the show on his first UFC headlining event with a blistering TKO win over Edson Barboza. The Georgian sensation put on a striking masterclass and outstruck Barboza which is no mean feat by any estimation. He earned the stoppage in the third round after rocking Barboza on the feet several times.

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Edson Barboza fought back valiantly even after being stunned and dropped on the canvas as he tried to ward off submission attempts. He even attempted a heel hook in sheer desperation, however, Chikadze was in control of the fight. Referee Jason Herzog had no choice but to step in and call-off the fight as Barboza was nearly out on his feet.

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Giga Chikadze wants to face ‘Blessed’ next

The Georgian fighter spoke to Paul Felder after his stunning victory and called out Max Holloway to a fight. ‘Blessed’ has gone on record saying he’s the best boxer/striker in the UFC and Chiladze is eager to prove him wrong. He was looking at either a title fight or a bout against Holloway with the latter being more probable.

“Somebody Hawaiian who is leading the division. He knows my name, I saw the interview. Somebody asked him and he said like this ‘Oh, yeah, I know this, I heard this Giga guy who kicks. I’m not just a Giga guy, I kick the sh*t out of people.”

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“I’ve been waiting for this moment. Max or reserve title fight. That’s why I’m here.”

Max Holloway was slated to face fellow top-ranked featherweight, Yair Rodriguez who has been off for two years. However, ‘El Pantera’s return was delayed even further after the aforementioned fight fell out. With Giga Chikadze now in the mix, the demand to see him go toe-to-toe against Max Holloway is sure to be immense.

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Fans want to see a violent finish and Holloway vs Chikadze virtually guarantees that sort of outcome. It all comes down to the UFC matchmakers who can move ahead on making this fight a reality. It will be a huge step up towards the title for Chikadze, but he feels he’s ready for the challenge.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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