Chikadze: UFC ‘chump’ Alex Volkanovski avoiding me to ‘keep protected and make cash’ – MMA Mania

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The UFC featherweight division was turned the other way up final week after former 145-pound champion Max Holloway returned to the sidelines with an undisclosed damage, canceling his UFC 272 rematch in opposition to present division kingpin Alexander Volkanovski.
And now that “Blessed” is out of the image in the intervening time, the remainder of the featherweight contenders are virtually tripping over themselves in a rush to safe the open title slot, together with former title challenger “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung.
“I do know the champ — the chump — is attempting to have a simple process,” Giga Chikadze instructed MMA Preventing. “Prime 10, all people is hard, however I consider I already beat one of many strongest guys within the division the final time and now the best one among these guys is ‘The Korean Zombie,’ for me. That’s how I see the champ is trying to get this battle. As a result of he needs to go the straightforward manner. I’ve a mission for subsequent week, however I do know what I’m going to do. It’s simply going to be me there and get the ‘W.’ They only want to attend for me for one week.”
Chikadze (14-2) is the winner of 9 straight with 5 nasty finishes however remains to be ranked outdoors the Prime 5 at No. 8. Most likely as a result of “Ninja” hasn’t overwhelmed anybody within the Prime 15 apart from former light-weight Edson Barboza, who at the moment occupies the No. 10 slot.
“Actually for me, I feel [Volkanovski is] the best battle within the high 10,” Chikadze continued. “This man can not even attain me once we stand collectively. What’s he going to do? Some guys have good submissions. Some guys have good punches or approach. What does this man have in opposition to me? Nothing. He is aware of I’m for him the toughest and strongest battle. That’s why he’s attempting to keep away from me. I perceive. He needs to remain protected and make cash however I’m right here to develop into a champion. I really feel like I’m able to take over every little thing and I’ll take over every little thing.”
Chikadze will make his case for the subsequent crack at Volkanovski within the UFC Vegas 46 fundamental occasion, the place “Ninja” goes to struggle with Boston boxer Calvin Kattar. A victory over the “Boston Finisher” would put the Georgian atop a really brief listing of eligible contenders.
Above Jung? That’s for matchmakers to determine.