Originally hailing from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia — Giga Chikadze made a name for himself in kickboxing before transitioning to MMA. On the latest episode of the MMA Power Hour Show, he talks with Colin Crandall about his recent victory at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris.
Fighting out of Kings MMA, Chikadze is (10-2) as a pro, currently enjoying a five-fight win streak. As a professional kickboxer, he compiled a (38-6) record with twenty-two wins coming via knockout. Chikadze went (6-3) in Glory before giving mixed martial arts a try.
Despite losing by submission in his appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, Chikadze eventually got his shot in the UFC — after winning 2 in a row for Gladiator Challenge. Now, he has won 3 in a row and is ready to make some noise in the featherweight division.
Colin noted Chikadaze has a reach advantage in the featherweight division standing six-feet tall. Colin also posited Chikadze’s long-limbed frame is ideal for BJJ. Chikadze stated that he has fallen in love with BJJ since he moved to California in 2015. He has trained as often as possible between kickboxing fights, to help prepare for his transition to MMA, winning IBJJF Worlds as a Blue belt.
Tune in to the latest episode of the MMA Power Hour to hear Chikadze’s thoughts about the recent controversial decision victory for Dan Ige in his fight against Edson Barboza. Don’t miss this week’s other guests, Drew Dober and Carla Esparza. Watch it all on the Eleven Sports US channel and Fite.tv.