The last time we saw UFC featherweight Giga Chikadze in the octagon was Jan 2022 when he dropped a decision to Calvin Kattar, but he returns now in hopes of getting back into the win column against Alex Caceres at UFC Singapore on Saturday.
“It’s been a while. It’s my 5th or 6th camp since my last fight and all of them were falling off so I’m glad at least I have somebody from top 15 because none of these guys wanted to fight me,” Chikadze told reporters on Wednesday.
“All of them, from the beginning of this year, all my opponents were getting injured. I’ve been ready since last May, and was just asking (for) fights. Finally we’re back.”
Chikadze gets Caceres at UFC Singapore, and while he respects his opponent, he doesn’t believe he’ll stand and strike with him.
“He’s not the guy who’s going to try to stand up with me. Of course there are many good strikers, and he fought many good strikers, and he’s a striker. Very entertaining guy, but I’m a different breed, and he knows it,” he said.
With the main event being two guys in his division, and a bit of history with The Korean Zombie, would Chikadze entertain calling him out if he wins on Saturday at UFC Singapore?
“I’m not thinking about that at the moment, just for me it’s very important time to come back,” said Chikadze.
“All my lights at the moment are on Alex. I have an opponent who’s been around for a long time, and he’s the first one from top 15 to call me out. I take this sh*t personal always. It’s not just a game to me. I’m coming here to shut his lights off.”
Watch the entire media day scrum with Giga Chikadze above. He takes on Alex Caceres at UFC Singapore on Saturday.