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UFC Vegas 46 preview: Giga Chikadze done being nice, demands Volkanovski title shot

Giga Chikadze has been getting the Leon Edwards treatment at 145 pounds.

Probably because the No. 8-ranked “Ninja” has been “too good” for most of his combat sports career, being overlooked by some of the more outspoken featherweights in the Top 15. division, like the happy Brian Ortega and hotel. the hurtful Yair Rodríguez.

But that is about to change as Chikadze prepares to headline his Calvin Kattar at the UFC Vegas 46 MMA event this Saturday. night (January 15, 2022) inside APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner will be at the top of a very short list of eligible title contenders, depending on how things play out between Alex Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kicks off the New Year with an exciting fight of featherweight contenders that will see the No. 5 ranked Calvin Qatar take the No. 8 seeds gigachikadze inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 15, 2022. The reworked co-main event of UFC Vegas 46 will feature a heavyweight slobberknocker among Octagon veterans jake collie Y sherman chase.

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“The Great” defends his 145-pound title at UFC 273 in April.

“I think I’ve been too nice my whole career, and maybe it’s time to talk a little bit,” Chikadze told MMA Junkie at the UFC Vegas 46 media day. “That little chump, [Volkanovski is] taking the easy task. ‘Korean Zombie’ probably has like out of the last seven fights, he’s 4-3. I’m on a hot streak. I’m 7-0 since I got into the UFC, so how can you avoid me? There’s a reason you’re avoiding me, and I get it. You know, he’s fighting the guy who’s already dead. He’s a zombie, you know, and I’m here, the new guy. New blood. new dog. Ninja, and I deserve to be standing right there.”

Chikadze (14-2) is riding a fight night win streak with five nasty finishes.

A win over Kattar, assuming it’s not a lukewarm decision or a controversial decision, should be enough to push the 33-year-old Georgian into a featherweight title fight. That said, he could be displaced by former champion Max Holloway, who was already booked to face Volkanovski before re-aggravating a pre-existing injury.

I’m not sure we can say the same for Kattar (22-5), currently ranked No. 5 at 145 pounds. “The Boston Finisher” has already been beaten by Zabit Magomedsharipov and the aforementioned Holloway, though Kattar would be a great opponent for Jung if “The Korean Zombie” can’t close the deal at UFC 273 in April.

There are still many pieces to this featherweight puzzle.

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