UFC books Giga Chikadze – Sodiq Yusuff

The UFC announced a banger of a matchup tonight that will go down in their featherweight division. It was announced that top fifteen contenders and sensational strikers Giga Chikadze (14-3) and Sodiq Yusuff (12-2) will meet inside the octagon.

These two will throw down in the co-main event of a UFC Fight Night on September 17th. For Sodiq Yusuff, he’s going to be looking for his second straight win. The last time we saw “Super” Sodiq was at a Fight Night back in March against Alex Caceres.

It was his first fight in almost a year and he didn’t disappoint. Yusuff had a solid performance and got the decision win. Back in 2018, Yusuff earned a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Following that, he won his first four fights inside the octagon. Arnold Allen is the only man to defeat Yusuff inside the octagon. He’s hoping to pick up the big win against Chikadze in September which should have him back in the top ten.

UFC bounce back for Giga?

Like Yusuff, Giga Chikadze appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series although he lost his fight on the show. Also like Yusuff, Chikadze got off to a blazing hot start once he made his official debut inside the octagon.

Chikadze won his first seven fights in the UFC. However, it was the performances towards the end of that winning streak that really opened eyes. He struggled a little with some split decision wins out of the gate.

However, he really turned things on with three straight TKO wins to earn him a main event slot against Calvin Kattar. Had Chikadze won that fight, he might’ve earned a UFC title shot. However, he was brutalized in that fight.

Now, he will look to get back on track with a win over Yusuff. Whoever wins this fight is going to build a ton of momentum in the UFC’s featherweight division.

What’s next for The Korean Zombie after falling at UFC 273?

In the main event of UFC 273, the featherweight title was on the line. The champion Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) was looking to defend his title for the third time as he took on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (17-6).

Entering the matchup, most were heavily favoring Volkanovski, but it’s always hard to rule out The Zombie. Chan Sung Jung has made a career of making fights tough on opponents and we know that he has really powerful hands that can change any fight.

That being said, it was evident from the opening bell at UFC 273 that he was going to have troubles. The Zombie couldn’t get anything going on Saturday night and he was really struggling with the speed of Alexander Volkanovski.

Volkanovski was blasting Jung with powerful strikes from the opening bell and TKZ wasn’t doing a good job of responding. There were a couple of times during some of the more brawl-like exchanges where Jung landed, but those shots were few and far between.

Many thought the fight should have been stopped after the third at UFC 273. Even Herb Dean called the doctor in to take a look at TKZ. Nevertheless, the fight went forward and Volkanovski went back to work. After a few big shots, Dean went ahead and mercifully stopped the fight.

What’s next after UFC 273?

At 35 years old, Jung said that he thought this was going to be his last title opportunity if he had lost. The Zombie had previously fought for the title years ago when he took on Jose Aldo and was ultimately stopped in that fight.

Now that he’s lost this opportunity, what should the UFC do next with TKZ? Well, I think they should give him a top ten opponent and I think that they should give him an entertaining opponent. One that sticks out to me is Giga Chikadze.

I think this would be a fun fight for fans and a really good test for Chikadze. Chikadze was brutalized by Calvin Kattar in there fight and he needs a big win to re-establish himself. Meanwhile, TKZ needs to still show that he’s near the top of the division. It’s a great fight for both men and it would show us exactly where they both are.

After successful return at UFC Vegas 50, what’s next for Sodiq Yusuff?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a fun showdown in the featherweight division. Top prospect Sodiq Yusuff (12-2) was making his return against veteran featherweight Alex Caceres (19-13, 1 NC).

Caceres was entering the fight on a five-fight winning streak meanwhile Yusuff was coming off of his first loss in the UFC. The fight was incredibly important to both men for very different reasons.

For Yusuff, he needed to get back on track while Caceres was trying to prove that he was worth a ranking. I figured the fight would be fairly competitive and it was, but one fighter was much sharper throughout the night.

That fighter was Sodiq Yusuff. I was impressed with is ability to mix things up at UFC Vegas 50. He did a really good job of mixing in kicks and mixing in some grappling to keep Caceres guessing throughout the night.

Now, Caceres did have moments and he landed some good shots on Yusuff. However, Yusuff was just a step ahead all night and he walked out of UFC Vegas 50 with a unanimous decision victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

As mentioned above, this was a huge win for Yusuff to get back on track after he suffered his first UFC loss last year. Now, he can try to build a winning streak and I only see ranked opponents in his future.

In terms of the featherweight division, who should the UFC pair him with next? One fighter I would look out for is Giga Chikadze. Chikadze is coming off his first loss in the UFC and he’s ranked right just a couple of spots ahead of Yusuff.

This would be a tremendously entertaining fight and an important one for the division. However, I’m not sure the UFC would give Yusuff that fight. Perhaps someone lower in the rankings like a Shane Burgos could be next.

I think they need to pair him with someone that will challenge him and someone who can bring an exciting fight. Both featherweights mentioned would do just that. I’ll be

After dominant win at UFC 272, what’s next for Bryce Mitchell?

Bryce Mitchell

This past weekend at UFC 272, top featherweights went to battle as “Thug Nasty” Bryce Mitchell (15-0) took on Edson Barboza (22-11). This was the first true test for Mitchell to see where he stacks up compared to top contenders at 145 pounds.

One thing I said that would be key at UFC 272 would be leg kicks from Barboza. Well, as soon as the fight started, Barboza started unleashing vicious kicks to the legs. That part was playing out exactly how I thought it would.

However, what I didn’t see happening was what happened next. With a blitzing combination, Mitchell dropped the elite striker in Barboza. Once he was on top, he really never let Barboza up and you could see Barboza’s confidence just drain.

For the rest of the fight, Mitchell continued to use his superior grappling and Barboza couldn’t get him off of him. Every round at UFC 272 featured Mitchell getting Barboza to the ground and just beating him up. In the end, it was a lopsided decision win for Thug Nasty.

What’s next after UFC 272?

Now that Mitchell has a win like this under his belt, there’s no denying the fact that he’s at true contender in the featherweight division. In fact, in the latest UFC rankings that just came out, Mitchell is ranked ninth.

So, what should be next for Thug Nasty? Well, I think a great fight for him would be taking on the man that is directly in front of him in Giga Chikadze (14-3). Chikadze is coming off of his first loss in the UFC to Calvin Kattar.

Had Chikadze won that fight, many thought he would be getting a title shot. However, the loss set him back and it’s still to be determined what would be next. I would be in complete favor of pairing these two up in another striker versus grappler matchup.

Another potential next matchup for Mitchell could come from this weekend’s UFC Vegas 50 main card. Sodiq Yusuff and Alex Caceres will be battling it out. Whoever wins that fight will be right behind Mitchell in the rankings. That could be another fight that makes a lot of sense.

Was a loss at UFC Vegas 46 a good thing for Giga Chikadze?

Last weekend at UFC Vegas 46, Giga Chikadze (14-3) was in the headliner against Calvin Kattar (23-5). While Kattar has been near the top of the division for some time, all of the talk was surrounding Chikadze. In fact, many were talking about him and a potential featherweight title shot.

Chikadze was 7-0 in the UFC entering this past weekend. Over his last few fights, he’s gotten better and better to the point where he was finishing top level competition. Despite having not taken on anyone in the top five, Chikadze was a sizable favorite over the durable Calvin Kattar.

In the first round, Chikadze started out well. His kicks were blazingly fast and he appeared to be hurting Kattar. However, Kattar did something that other opponents hadn’t done with Chikadze. That thing is the fact that he kept marching forward through the power of Giga.

You could tell after the first part of the second round that Chikadze was in trouble. He was really exhausted and Kattar put a ruthless pace on him that he started wilting under. To his credit, he never gave up at UFC Vegas 46. However, he was brutalized and lost a lopsided decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 46?

Sometimes great fighters need a night like UFC Vegas 46. They need a humbling fight that shows them a new side to the fight game. Sure, Chikadze had lost before. However, this took away the invincibility factor that he seemed to have and it showed him that there were other dangerous contenders in the UFC.

Many fighters grow from performances like that. Most of the time, they become even better. I mean look at UFC 270 this upcoming weekend. Francis Ngannou was dominated by Stipe Miocic a few years ago. He lost one more fight after that, but since then, he’s been absolutely destructive and became UFC champion.

That could very well happen with Chikadze. So, what should be next for Giga? I think a good fight for him would be looking one spot back in the rankings. One spot behind Giga is Dan Ige (15-5). Ige has lost two straight but only to guys in the top half of the division. This would be a sensational matchup for both men.

Calvin Kattar brutalizes Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 46

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In the main event of UFC Vegas 46, we saw big time showdown in the featherweight division. Top contenders battled it out in a matchup with big time implications as Calvin Kattar (22-5) returned to take on the surging Giga Chikadze (14-2).

UFC Vegas 46 was the first time we’ve seen Calvin Kattar in about a year. Last year, Kattar kicked off the UFC’s 2021 when he took on Max Holloway in a headlining fight on Fight Island. Had Kattar won that fight, he might’ve had a title shot in 2021.

However, he fell short and took such a beating that he took some time away. Now, he’s refreshed and was ready to go tonight. Overall, Kattar is 2-1 in his last three and the two wins came against top contenders Dan Ige and Jeremy Stephens.

Standing across from Kattar tonight was Giga Chikadze. Chikadze has been on a sensational run since joining the UFC. Chikadze is currently sitting at 7-0 with the promotion. In his last fight, he completely destroyed Edson Barboza and proved he’s one of the best in the world.

UFC Vegas 46 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 46 main event kicked off with Kattar taking the center and he eats two strong leg kicks from Chikadze. Front kick just misses from Chikadze. Kattar holding the center but Chikadze is looking fast here in the opening minute with his kicks.

Kick from Kattar is checked. Kattar coming forward with a lot of pressure and he lands a jab. Chikadze circling on the outside trying to stay elusive. Two powerful body kicks land for Chikadze. Chikadze’s speed is something else here in the opening part of the fight.

However, he sleeps throwing a kick and Kattar jumps on him. Chikadze bounces him up Kattar gets a body lock and slams Chikadze to the ground. Kattar immediately gets into half guard with half a round to work. Nice shots to the body are landing from Kattar here.

Chikadze trying to defend but he’s eating some shots from Kattar. The two start scrambling and Chikadze nearly gets on top. However, Kattar reverses and is able to get Chikadze’s back. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC Vegas 46 and it’s clear that Chikadze needs to keep this one standing. Kattar again takes the center to start the second round. Chikadze throws a big body kick that lands flush. Nice right hand lands over the top from Chikadze.

Kattar is pushing forward but he eats two more big kicks from Chikadze. Nice combination lands from Chikadze and Kattar just keeps pressuring. Powerful right straight from Chikadze but here comes Kattar. Kattar lands three straight jabs. Right straight from Kattar.

The two exchange straight shots. Big shot from Chikadze but he’s starting to look tired here. More pressure from Kattar and he lands a big combination on Chikadze. Chikadze is really starting to breathe heavy here as Kattar is relentless with his pressure.

Knee lands for Kattar and he hits Chikadze with a big shot over the top. Massive elbow lands for Kattar. Big combination from Chikadze but Kattar just walks through it. Kattar is walking Chikadze down here. Big shot lands for Kattar and he lands a jab behind it.

Three left straights land for Chikadze and now he pushes forward. Spinning back elbow from Kattar. Kattar and Chikadze are just throwing here. Big takedown from Kattar to end the round at what a round it was. 2-0 Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC Vegas 46 and all momentum is with Calvin Kattar here. Chikadze breathing very heavy here in the third round. Two jabs open the round for Kattar. Another jab from Kattar and Chikadze is very flat-footed here. Stiff jab from Chikadze finds Kattar’s chin.

Kattar shoots in for a takedown but can’t get Chikadze down. Both men exchange jabs. Nice lead elbow for Calvin Kattar. Powerful 1-2 lands for Kattar. Kattar is piecing Chikadze up here in the third round. However, Chikadze answers back with a nice 1-2.

Low kick from Chikadze. Jab from Kattar and another low kick from Chikadze. Huge right hand from Chikadze and that forces a takedown attempt from Chikadze. Chikadze had to use the fence but he stays on the feet. They separate and they’re back to striking.

Both men are looking really tired here. Left over the top from Kattar and then he lands a big elbow. Jab from Kattar and he lands a nice right hook over the top. Counter left hook from Kattar as Chikadze comes in. However, Chikadze hurts Kattar with a combination of his own.

That said, he’s too tired to really follow up and Kattar recovers. Kattar answers back with a couple of big shots. Chikadze pushes forward strong in the final seconds and both men exchange gis shots. After three at UFC Vegas 46 and it very well might be 3-0 Kattar.

Round 4

Chikadze was able to land some big shots in the third and he needs to continue that in the fourth. Kattar immediately starts pressuring to start the fourth. Both men exchange big shots in the center. Kattar triples up on the jab to back up Chikadze. However, Chikadze lands a massive body kick.

Kattar pushes forward and is just touching Chikadze here. Takedown attempt from Kattar is blocked. Step-in elbow from Kattar. Jab from Kattar and then Chikadze lands a calf kick. Kattar switches stances and lands two more jabs. Jab and right hook lands for Chikadze.

Chikadze pushing forward more here and it looks like he’s found a second win. Nice shots from Chikadze, however, Kattar clips him and that backs Chikadze up. Right jab and a big left hook behind it from Kattar. Kattar tries hard for a takedown but Chikadze keeps it standing.

Jab and lead elbow from Kattar. Another elbow from Kattar and Chikadze is looking out of it here. More pressure from Kattar and he lands another jab. Slicing elbows in tight from Kattar. Right hook from Chikadze lands.

He tries for a head kick but Kattar blocks. Body kick from Chikadze. Now here comes Chikadze. Big combinations from Chikadze but he eats a big elbow from Kattar and that hurt him. Kattar pushes forward and closes the round strong. 4-0 Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC Vegas 46 and Chikadze needs a finish to win this one. Kattar comes forward and eats a kick from Chikadze. Big combination from Chikadze and he’s throwing everything he has here in the opening seconds. Kattar withstands it well then he comes right back at Chikadze.

Chikadze lands a nice right hook off his back foot. Kattar pushing forward and lands a nice 1-2. Two more jabs from Kattar and another big elbow that wobbles Chikadze. More jabs from Kattar and Chikadze throws a body kick.

Two more jabs and a big right hand over the top lands for Kattar. Chikadze tries to answer back but nothing there. 1-2 from Kattar. However, Chikadze stops the advancement with a couple of clean shots. Kattar goes right back on the pressure but eats a big kick.

Three straight jabs land for Kattar. Step-in elbow from Kattar lands a bloodied and battered Giga Chikadze. Body kick from Chikadze. Big combination from Kattar lands and Chikadze just eats it. Right over the top lands for Chikadze.

Another huge elbow and a left straight lands for Kattar. Jab from Kattar and a jab counter from Chikadze. Spinning elbow from Kattar. Chikadze lands a combination. Kattar lands another elbow and these two are going to throw to the end.

Chikadze gets dropped by Kattar in the final seconds and the bell saves Chikadze. What a dominant performance from Calvin Kattar!

Calvin Kattar def. Giga Chikadze by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-44)

UFC Vegas 46 Preview: Calvin Kattar – Giga Chikadze

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Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 46, we will see a big time showdown in the featherweight division. Top contenders will battle it out in a matchup with big time implications as Calvin Kattar (22-5) returns to take on the surging Giga Chikadze (14-2).

UFC Vegas 46 will be the first time we’ve seen Calvin Kattar in about a year. Last year, Kattar kicked off the UFC’s 2021 when he took on Max Holloway in a headlining fight on Fight Island. Had Kattar won that fight, he might’ve had a title shot in 2021.

However, he fell short and took such a beating that he took some time away. Now, he’s refreshed and ready to go. Overall, Kattar is 2-1 in his last three and the two wins came against top contenders Dan Ige and Jeremy Stephens.

Standing across from Kattar tomorrow night is Giga Chikadze. Chikadze has been on a sensational run since joining the UFC. Chikadze is currently sitting at 7-0 with the promotion. In his last fight, he completely destroyed Edson Barboza and proved he’s one of the best in the world.

UFC Vegas 46 Prediction

This is such a fun fight to headline the first UFC card of 2022. Both of these guys have tremendously exciting styles, but they also are very different in their approach. Chikadze is a very kick-heavy striker while Kattar prides himself on his boxing.

On pure boxing technique, Kattar is one of the very best in the promotion. Meanwhile Chikadze might be the best kickboxer in the featherweight division. A clash of striking styles should produce a sensational fight at UFC Vegas 46.

One thing to watch for is the counter striking of Kattar. His boxing is good enough to time Chikadze’s shots and fire over the top. That said, the range could end up being an issue for Kattar. I expect a lot of low kicks and body kicks from Chikadze early. Expect him to try and zap that gas tank.

I think we are finally going to see Chikadze’s chin tested tomorrow. Kattar is going to hit him and I’m curious to see how he takes a shot considering he really hasn’t been hit clean in the UFC. Ultimately, I think he’s going to be able to withstand the shots.

Ultimately, I think that Chikadze is going to get the win. I think he’s going to pull away in the early rounds with his kick-heavy attack. However, I’m expecting Kattar to come on strong late. If Chikadze gasses out, don’t rule out a Kattar stoppage late. That said, I think Chikadze gets a decision win at UFC Vegas 46.

Prediction: Giga Chikadze by Unanimous Decision

UFC books headliner between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze

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The UFC has finalized a big time matchup for their first main event of 2022. MMA Junkie was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion had finalized a featherweight headliner between Calvin Kattar (22-5) and Giga Chikadze (14-2).

The fight will headline a UFC Fight Night that is currently scheduled for January 15th. This headliner is almost a year exactly to the date from the last time that we saw Calvin Kattar inside the octagon.

On January 16th of this year, Kattar took on Max Holloway in the UFC‘s first headliner of 2021. Kattar was destroyed by Holloway who set virtually every significant striking record there is to set for a single fight in that matchup.

That loss snapped a two-fight winning streak for Kattar. Kattar is 4-2 in his last six with his only two losses coming against Holloway and Zabit Magomedsharipov. After his loss in January, Kattar has taken the rest of the year off to recover and improve for his run starting in 2022.

Will Chikadze become UFC champion in 2022?

Getting the first headlining fight of 2022 is big news for Giga Chikadze. In all likelihood, he will be either be next in line for a title shot if he wins or he will be next in line for a title eliminator given the rest of the featherweight division.

Whoever wins the Max Holloway – Yair Rodriguez fight in November is going to get the next shot at UFC gold. That title fight will likely in happen in the spring of 2022. If Chikadze wins in January, he would line up nicely with the winner of that title fight.

Chikadze has been a perfect 7-0 in the UFC. In his last fight, he stopped Edson Barboza in the third round. That was by far the most impressive performance of Chikadze’s career and it came against his toughest opponent.

I’m expecting to see the best of both Chikadze and Kattar in January. This is a helluva main event that fight fans should be excited for.

After falling short at UFC Vegas 35, what’s next for Edson Barboza?

Edson Barboza

This past Saturday in the headliner of UFC Vegas 35, we saw a fight that was a dream matchup on paper. Two of the very best strikers in the world battled it out as Edson Barboza (22-10) took on Giga Chikadze (14-2).

Heading into UFC Vegas 35, I actually was picking Barboza. I really liked the way Barboza looked in his fight with Shane Burgos, and I’ve seen Chikadze be susceptible to getting hit in the boxing range.

While Chikadze might’ve had the advantage in pure kicking technique, I liked the total package of Barboza. Well, I was proven to be very wrong on Saturday night. Barboza has always been someone who enjoyed a speed advantage in his striking.

He didn’t have a speed advantage over Chikadze at UFC Vegas 35. For the first couple of rounds, Chikadze’s flawless technique and speed kept Barboza off-balance. Barboza had his moments and the rounds were competitive, but Chikadze was staying a step ahead.

In the third round, Chikadze really turned up the pressure. Barboza was hurt badly and Chikadze was relentless. Ultimately, Barboza succumbed to the pressure of Chikadze and suffered a TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 35?

Saturday night was a big setback for Barboza. Barboza had spent his career in the UFC’s lightweight division and took on the best of the best. While he had some success, he could never quite reach the top of the division.

When he moved down to 145, he looked like he was capable of doing that. He lost his first fight to Dan Ige by decision, although the majority of the MMA community believes that he won that. He then won two straight to setup this fight with Chikadze.

Now, it’s back to the drawing board after UFC Vegas 35. With that, who should the promotion pair him against. Well, I think there’s a perfect opponent that is just two spots behind him in the rankings.

I think the UFC should pair up Barboza and “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). These two were originally supposed to fight back in October but Yusuff had to pull out. Yusuff started his UFC career 4-0 prior to losing his first fight to Arnold Allen back in April.

With both men in a similar spot in the division and both coming off losses, it’s the perfect fight. It’s an exciting fight from a stylistic standpoint and it would tell us a lot about where each man stands in the UFC’s featherweight division.

After sensational win at UFC Vegas 35, what’s next for Giga Chikadze?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 35, we saw a big time showdown in the featherweight division. Two of the very best and most dynamic strikers in the promotion went head-to-head as Giga Chikadze (14-2) took on Edson Barboza (22-10).

Since moving down to 145 pounds, Edson Barboza has looked tremendous. Had it not been for poor judging, he would’ve carried a perfect record at 145 pounds into UFC Vegas 35‘s main event.

That said, Chikadze was going to be his toughest test to date. Barboza has always been known for his tremendous striking. However, this was really the first time he was going to be going up against someone that’s at a higher level.

Giga Chikadze showed just how special he is on Saturday night. Barboza has always stifled opponents with his speed and power. However, he was lacking in both of those categories compared to Chikadze on Saturday night.

Giga landed beautiful kicks throughout the first couple of rounds. He also had bursts where he was so much faster compared to Barboza. Eventually, he caught him with the shot he was looking for. In the third round, Chikadze poured it on and stopped Barboza at UFC Vegas 35.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 35?

After the fight was over, there was one name on the mind of Giga Chikadze. That name was former UFC featherweight champion and arguably the greatest featherweight in the history of the promotion, Max Holloway (22-6).

Holloway was supposed to headline a Fight Night in July against Yair Rodriguez. That bout was expected to be a UFC title eliminator, however, Holloway had to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Currently, the UFC is targeting that fight for November according to Dana White. However, Chikadze might have changed the plan. There’s no word on it yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the promotion tries to get Chikadze in that spot.

If Holloway isn’t next, Chikadze wants to be the backup fighter for the UFC 266 main event. Next month, Alexander Volkanovski will defend against Brian Ortega. If one of those guys falls out, Chikadze wants to be the backup. I could see the promotion doing that as well.

Either way, Chikadze is going to be at the very top of the UFC’s featherweight division once the new rankings come out. Don’t be surprised to see the featherweight from Georgia in a title eliminator in his next fight.