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Giga Chikadze: ‘Max Holloway needs to fight me’ for a title shot again

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The featherweight contender is serious about fighting the former champion. 

Giga Chikadze believes he is primed for a championship opportunity in the featherweight division soon, so he wants a fight that will get him one.

Chikadze earned an impressive win over Edson Barboza this past August at UFC Vegas 35 and extended his win streak to seven, with three of those coming by way of technical knockout. The 33-year-old expressed interest in two very high-profile fights for his next appearance in the Octagon but has since zeroed in on just one. Chikadze spoke to Submission Radio’ recently and said that a fight against Max Holloway would be ideal, especially if ‘Blessed’ wants to fight for the championship again.

Holloway has a fight with Yair Rodriguez scheduled for UFC Vegas 42 on November 13, and it is considered to be a No. 1 contender fight. The winner could meet either Alexander Volkanovski or Brian Ortega depending on the outcome of their fight at UFC 266 this Saturday. If Holloway defeats Rodriguez and Volkanovski defends the title against Ortega, then Holloway vs. Volkanovski 3 is a strong possibility. Chikadze hopes to subvert that potential trilogy by fighting Holloway first.

“Max and Yair were scheduled before, right? And Max pulled out because of injury and Yair didn’t fight me,” said Chikadze. “He was asked to fight me. I believe Max needs to fight me to go to title shot next time. No one really wants to see Max and Alex 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 going to knock people out, I knock people out. So, I believe I deserve this fight since Max was already scheduled before [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.”

Chikadze then sent a message to Holloway, who had acknowledged the Georgian fighter once before as the ‘Giga guy’.

“I know he’s a champion, and for me he’s a people’s champ,” said Chikadze. “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. He needs to fight me. There’s a fight to happen. People want to see this fight.”