Giga Chikadze is the #8 ranked UFC featherweight, but believes he’ll have a “C” for champ next to his name very soon, ’cause once he beats Calvin Kattar Saturday night, he says he absolutely deserves a title shot against Alexander Volkanovski.
… and he tells TMZ Sports that matchup would be a very one-sided affair.
We talked to the 33-year-old, 14-2 (undefeated in the UFC) fighter from Georgia (country) just days before his UFC Fight Night main event scrap with #5 ranked Kattar — a fight he’s favored to win (-235).
“I’m super excited, man. I’ve been asking for top 5 opponents since I got in the UFC. I was telling them, warning them that I’m ready for it. And finally, I got the opponent, and I’m very happy that my opponent is from a top 5 ranking,” Giga told us.
We asked him if a win against Calvin should set him up for a title shot … and there was zero hesitation.
“Absolutely. When I beat Calvin Kattar, it doesn’t matter if it happens in 2 months, 3 months,” Chikadze says, adding “I deserve a shot.”
FYI, Alex is fighting Korean Zombie at UFC 273 in April.
It’s an interesting matchup. The men have different bodies — Giga is tall (6′) and long, meanwhile, Alex is short (5’6″) and stocky — and fighting styles.
“[Volkanovski] has nothing against me. Nothing. I’ve been facing the short guys like him for all my whole life and making my living knocking these types of guys out,” Giga says.
“There is no chance he can stand in front of me. He can’t even catch me. Can’t even touch me. I’m so giant for him, it’ll be like David vs. Goliath but in a better way.”
But first, Giga has to beat Kattar … one of the most dangerous dudes in the division.