Calvin Kattar: Giga Chikadze “has a lot to prove” at UFC Vegas 46

Calvin Kattar, fifth in the UFC’s springweight rankings, is known for facing some of the toughest fighters in the division. After the battle with Max Holloway, he will head to UFC Vegas 46 on January 15 against the growing Gig Chikadze, who placed eighth.

For Kattar, this fight is a chance to redeem. It is also an opportunity to stop all the hype surrounding Chikaze, which he has won seven times in a row with the UFC. Kattar believes that 33-year-old Chikaze still has a lot to learn. Kattar is more than ready to teach him one or two things.

“Barboza was a good W, man.” He did (Chikaze) what he had with the boys he went against, “Kattar told the UFC. “Give it to him and now he has the fight he asked for.” He has to do a lot, because he had a lot to say. “

Chikadze became a professional in 2015. Chikadze returned to the UFC in 2019 after losing to Austin Springer during Dan White’s Contender Series in 2018. Chikadze’s last three wins, including his last match against Edson Barboz, ended in TKO. Speaking of MMA Junkie, Chikaze believes he is ready for the title against champion Alexander Volkanovsky, especially if he defeats Kattar.

This is one of the many reasons why Chikaze called him on social media a few months ago. Chikaze also called himself the champion of the people, which he would need to support along with his nonsensical speeches. This is a fight that can change things in the spring weight that focused on Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway.

Kattar made his MMA debut in 2007 and joined the UFC in 2017. After losing to Zabit Magomedsharipov in 2019, Kattar won twice in a row against Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige. Blessed inflicted 445 strikes against Max Holloway and defeated Kattar by unanimous decision in January 2021. Kattar has every respect for Holloway, but when the other is injured, Kattar concentrates on reaching the title after defeating Chikadze.

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“Winning the Giga takes me back to the race,” Kattar continued. “I have a vision that Rob (Font) and I will be holding our belts at the same time, and I will continue to work to make it work.”

FanDuel has Chikaze as a big betting favorite -250 compared to +198 for Kattar. As a loser, Kattar does not bother him, but it motivates him to definitively end the driving force of Chikaze. Playing spoiler in the APEX center UFC will be the icing on the cake.

“I’m not so focused on all the right things to say and on promoting the fight and this and that, and I know that part of your job as a major event is to try to go out and do some of it, but I’m going to let Giga “he kept digging a deeper hole … I’ll grab a shovel when it’s time to bury him,” Kattar said.

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