Giga Chikadze Wants To Challenge Alexander Volkanovski And Bring UFC Belt To His Home Country
Giga Chikadze is finding his way for a chance at a potential fight for the title against Alexander Volkanovski.
First, Chikadze wanted to prove that he is the best striker in the UFC, and he confirmed that he is at least one of the best by defeating Edson Barboza the way he did it. He’s aiming to become the first-ever Georgian UFC champion.
“Why don’t I deserve a title shot? The champ said he wants to be busy,” Chikadze told MMA Junkie. “He wants to get another fight in this year or January. I think that would make a lot of sense and it would be a hell of a fight.
“He can do 155, he can talk about whatever he wants but the reality is he’s the 145 champ,” he added. “If he wants to stay busy, he needs to fight someone who is entertaining and a good fighter.”
Volkanovski defended his featherweight title successfully for the second time, against the No. 2 contender Brian Ortega. Ortega had his moments while attempting guillotine and triangle choke in the third round. Volkanovski somehow survived and escaped.
The next title challenger is the winner between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez.
Volkanovski said that he wanted to be an active champion, so Chikadze offer UFC President Dana White and the champion himself as a contender.
Chikadze is on a seven-fight winning streak in the UFC and remains the No. 8 contender. He finished all his last three rivals via TKO/KO. He defeated Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza, both via TKO.
He also does not believe that Holloway and Rodriguez will fight this time. He says that he will be ready to be a replacement fighter.
“I’m here for seven years in the United States for one reason: To get the UFC belt and bring it to the people in my country in Georgia. There’s a bunch of opportunities. I will be chasing opportunities like I did last year and this year and I believe sooner or later I’m going to get my shot,” he said.