The massive pay-per-view, UFC 257, is barely a few weeks away and has lost another fight from the card. Hakeem Dawodu has reportedly pulled out of the card due to injury and is out of his fight against Shane Burgos. But the manager to the stars, Ali Abdelaziz, ever the opportunist to promote his fighters, has a solution for the UFC.
Abdelaziz manages the likes of UFC champions Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman, Henry Cejudo, lightweight contender Justin Gaethje, and many more. While many fans may have their issues with Ali, no one can deny that he always looks out for his fighters.
The founder and CEO of Dominance MMA took to Twitter to reply to a report from MMA reporter Damon Martin that read, “Confirmed Hakeem Dawodu is injured and out of his fight against Shane Burgos at #UFC257 per sources close to the situation.” Abdelaziz would retweet the post, tagging his fighter Giga Chikadze.
“@giga_chikadzeready to let’s go,” Ali Abdelaziz wrote. Chikadze (12-2) is a multiple-time K1 & Karate World Champion and hails from Tbilisi, Georgia. ‘Ninja’ is currently 5-0 in the UFC, having joined the promotion in 2019. He holds wins over the likes of Brandon Davis, Omar Morales, and most recently a devastating head kick over Jamey Simmons.
Chikadze, at 32, is still relatively young in his MMA career, having competed majorly in kickboxing and karate. He now looks to become a world champion in MMA as he climbs the ladder to challenge for the title held currently by Alexander Volkanovski. Shane Burgos is currently ranked #12 and a win for ‘Ninja’ would see him enter the featherweight division’s top 15.
We may just be a few days into the new year, but 2021 seems a lot like 2020 with fights getting pulled from cards because of COVID-19 issues. The biggest loss in January will be the fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards. This is the second time that the UFC has booked Edwards vs Chimaev, both cancelled because of COVID-19.
Fans will hope that the UFC 257 main event between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will stay intact. The co-main event will see Michael Chandler make his UFC debut against Dan Hooker. Dana White and the UFC will hope for no more unwanted surprises as the promotion kicks off their year.
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