Alexander Volkanovski Insists He Would Handily Defeat ‘Punching Bag’ Giga Chikadze

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 18, 2022

    UFC featherweight champion, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski has insisted that if he had met Georgian striker, Giga ‘Ninja’ Chikadze next, he would score a completely one-sided victory over the #8 ranked contender, referring to him as a “punching bag” following his damage-filled loss to Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46 on Saturday.

    Headlining last weekend’s event in the promotion’s first showcase for 2022, Tbilisi native, Chikadze suffered his first promotional loss against the returning, Kattar – courtesy of a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-44) defeat

    Failing to take home any rounds against Metheun native, Kattar – who himself was returning from a similarly one-sided beating at the hands of former featherweight champion, Max Holloway just a year ago, Chikadze suffered a series of cuts to his face, with New England Cartel staple, Kattar slicing and bludgeoning with many elbows from the second round onwards. 

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    However, prior to the main event slot, Chikadze had been more than vocal regarding his willingness to replace the aforenoted injured, Holloway in a March 5. title fight against Volkanovski at UFC 272 – even prior to his bout with Kattar.

    With the promotion instead electing to pit Volkanovski and the #4 ranked contender, Chan Sung Jung instead, Chikadze then took multiple shots at both the champion and challenger, claiming that Volkanovski had chosen the easiest matchup available to him.

    Providing his thoughts on Chikadze’s performance against Massachusetts puncher, Kattar, Volkanovski insisted he would have made the Georgian appear to be way out of his depth if they fought next.

    “I think (UFC Vegas 46) was a big eye-opener for Giga (Chikadze),” Alexander Volkanovski said on The MMA Hour. “That, mate, (against) good guy, you can’t just rely on a kick. You know, the ‘Giga kick’, it just shows you, you nullify his ‘Giga kick’, and he ends up being a punching bag. Again just, man, that’s why you’ve got to fight these contenders. Fight all the top guys, guys that are going to mix it up. See where you are before you start facing the champ.”

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    “You could imagine when you talk about making adjustments, game planning, cardio, all these tools that I have – mate, I would have made him look really, really bad,” Alexander Volkanovski said. “You could imagine. So before you want to take out these types of guys, let’s experiment with some of these good guys and see where you’re at. And he showed that he’s not really at that level.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

    As mentioned above, Volkanovski is slated to headline UFC 273 on April 9. against Jung – and enters the bout off the back of a Fight of the Year contender against common-foe, Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September where he lodged his second successful defense of the featherweight throne.

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