Giga Chikadze’s stand-up game is so good that it even has its own move named after it.
Chikadze’s all-in-action style saw the former Glory man become a fan favorite in the UFC since switching from kickboxing to mixed martial arts in 2017.
Not only did the No.8-ranked featherweight garner attention with nine knockouts in his 14 Mma fights, but he also perfected a brutal liver kick, also known as “The Giga Kick,” which leaves fans screaming in excitement on their TV screens and simultaneously shakes the hearts of his enemies.
Three of Chikadze’s last five wins have clearly come in the distance – top opponents such as Edson barboza and wolf cub swan fell victims to his impressive arsenal of savage spinning kicks and deadly sharp elbows.
And now, Chikadze will be battling Calvin Kattar on Saturday night at the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
Talk to Yahoo! Sports in 2021 about his career, it quickly becomes clear that Chikadze has dedicated his entire life to get to where he is today.
“It’s been a long time. I’ve been doing this since I was 4,” he said after the win against Barboza.
“I’m sure my dad had a plan for me [to be a fighter] since I was born, maybe not even.
“Really, I don’t do anything other than that. Martial arts has been what I’ve been doing since birth, and it’s what I love. It’s my hobby.”
Originally from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, but now a resident of Anaheim, California, Chikadze set up his training camp at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, with Beneil dariush and Rafael Dos Anjos among his regular training partners on the mats.
Hollywood is far from the hot springs of the Georgian capital where Chikadze hails from, but he is already well established in the United States.
And Ninja head coach Rafael Cordeiro believes he’s helping usher in a new era of mixed martial arts.
“There have been a lot of different eras in MMA,” Cordeiro added.
“We had an era of jiu-jitsu and an era of wrestling, but I believe it’s the era of kickboxing.
“The strike is back, and of course the strike is important because every fight starts at the feet. Giga is just beautiful [striking] skills and he understands it so well.
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