“I Have Already Given Him My Tickets for Gigashow” – Giga Chikadze Says Calvin Kattar Is Stronger Than Edson Barboza and Cub Swanson

Published 01/15/2022, 2:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 28: Giga Chikadze of Georgia prepares to fight Edson Barboza of Brazil in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 28, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Giga Chikadze will enter the octagon at UFC Vegas 46 to take on a tough Calvin Kattar. Chikadze is the number 8 ranked featherweight in the UFC right now and is on an impressive run. He is on a seven-fight win streak in the UFC and if he dispatches Kattar, he will surely become a contender for the title.

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‘The Boston Finisher’ is ranked number 5 and is coming off a tough loss against Max Holloway. He will have something to prove in this fight and ‘Ninja’ is aware of that. He expects a motivated opponent but also plans to thwart his plans.

In a recent interview, he said, “You surely remember, Calvin Kattar had a very difficult last fight. His failure was followed by a very big reaction. I think he is really troubled with that, and that he truly is, so he rested for a year, regained his form well, and I think he will be greatly motivated. In my opinion, he is a very strong athlete.”

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“I have never faced such a strong fighter, even though Edson Barboza and Cub Swanson are quite big names in our sport. Now, Calvin is probably at the peak of his form and has a lot to prove. I think he will start the fight with strong hands and pressing and try to take me down as he has a wrestling background. However, I plan to thwart his plans prematurely. I have already given him my tickets for Gigashow.”

He’s trying to avoid me – Giga Chikadze on Alexander Volkanovski

The UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway were supposed to fight each other at UFC 272. However, the fight fell off because of Holloway injuring himself. This led to the UFC looking for a replacement, and all the top featherweights wanted the fight. And one of them was Chikadze.

But the champion called out Chan Sung Jung and wanted to fight him. But ‘Ninja‘ didn’t take that callout lightly and said that the champion is looking for the easiest fight. In an interview, he said, “The easiest one in all of these guys is Korean Zombie. The champ is looking to get this fight because he wants to go with easy way.”

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“He knows I am the hardest and strongest fight. That’s why he’s trying to avoid me.”

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Since then, the fight between Volkanovski and The Korean Zombie has been made official. They will go head-to-head at UFC 273 and Chikadze would want to make a statement against Kattar to be in the conversation.

Who do you think will win the fight? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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