Giga Chikadze doesn’t suppose Max Holloway would make it out in a single piece in the event that they fought.
Unbeaten within the UFC, Chikadze (14-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has emerged as a prime contender after he strung collectively back-to-back finishes of veteran strikers Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza.
Following his win over Barboza, the energetic Chikadze demanded he both face Holloway or the winner of this Saturday’s featherweight title combat between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega.
“I believe Max needs to fight me to go to the title shot next time,” Chikadze advised Submission Radio. “No one really wants to see Max and Alex fight again and again and again. I’m the new dog in the division, and I’ll be proving with my kicks and punches that I’m the real deal. I don’t talk without no reason. I’m not a dreamer. When I say I’m gonna knock people out, I knock people out. So, I believe I deserve this fight since Max was already scheduled (to fight Yair) before this fight. Now it’s time for me to get a big fight like Max. I’m ready to do it.”
Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) is at present scheduled to face Yair Rodriguez in the primary occasion of UFC Fight Night on Nov. 13, however that gained’t cease Chikadze from campaigning for the combat. He’s assured that not solely can he match Holloway’s quantity and placing, however he can put a hurting on the previous champion who’s by no means been completed by strikes.
“I know he’s a champion, and for me he’s a people’s champ,” Chikadze mentioned. “I think he won his last fight. So that’s the fight to happen. I have a seven-fight win streak, (I’m a) very busy guy with the fights. I always take short-notice, long-notice, whatever notice and take the fight, and he needs to fight me. There’s a fight to happen. People want to see this fight.”
He continued, “He said he’s the best boxer, right? I know I’m the best striker. So, this fight is going to be a standing fight, and I guarantee you when the fight finishes he will be walking with crutches.”
Although Chikadze considers Holloway the champion after he misplaced a razor-thin resolution to Volkanovski at UFC 251, he thinks Holloway is stylistically a better matchup for him than the champion.
“I think he (Alex) lost the last fight,” Chikadze mentioned. “I think he lost with Max his last fight. But yeah, he’s a good fighter. He’s a very, very strong fighter. But for me, the champion today is Max. That’s all I can say about it.”
He continued, “I think Max would be an even easier fight for me. I know the weakness of Max more. I didn’t really study much Alex. I mean, he’s such short fighter, I’m gonna have a lot of advantages. This is what I believe. I know a lot of people are gonna say this and that, but I think that’s a great matchup for me.”