Calvin Kattar Reacts To Giga Chikadze’s Saying He’d Beat Him 9 Of 10 Times

calvin kattarUFC featherweight Calvin Kattar has responded to former foe Giga Chikadze, saying that he would beat Kattar nine out of 10 times. Last Saturday Kattar and Chikadze produced an entertaining fight that would kick off the 2022 UFC schedule. It would see the return of Kattar after he suffered a one-sided defeat against Max Holloway, […]

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UFC featherweight Calvin Kattar has responded to former foe Giga Chikadze, saying that he would beat Kattar nine out of 10 times.

Last Saturday Kattar and Chikadze produced an entertaining fight that would kick off the 2022 UFC schedule. It would see the return of Kattar after he suffered a one-sided defeat against Max Holloway, take on the division’s hottest prospect in Chikadze.

Coming into the bout, the more proven and higher ranked Kattar was the betting underdog against Chikadze who had gained some hype following his recent performances which included stoppages wins over Cub Swanson and Edson Barboza.

The Georgian was highly confident going into the matchup, even calling for a fight with current divisional champion, Alexander Volkanovski following Holloway’s dropout. The fight however was all Kattar, who would win every single round on all of the scorecards including a 10-8

Even though Kattar produced a shut-out performance, Chikadze is still confident he is the better fighter.

“I feel like if I would fight with this guy 10 times, 9 I would win,” Chikadze said. “That would be the one I would lose and that was last night. It is what it is. I made mistake and I’m paying now with it. It’s all good. Guys, I’m unbreakable. Remember this shit, Georgians always unbreakable. This is how we fight, until the fucking end.”

Calvin Kattar Responds To Giga Chikadze

Calvin Kattar, who had no bad words to say about Chikadze following their bout, even posing for a photo in the hospital would have every right to be annoyed by these comments but the Bostonian always keeps in respectful.

When talking to Ariel Helwani on the latest episode of The MMA hour, Kattar was asked about the comments, answering how you’d expect, even wishing the Georgian well.

“No, no, it’s different when you hear people in person in interviews, but I don’t take it personal, man,” said Kattar. “It’s whatever, you know, wish him a speedy recovery, bounce back. I told him all you can do now is make the next guy pay. That’s exactly what I did. And hopefully, he responds to the loss well.

“It doesn’t sound like it’s going that way early, but hopefully he just understands that—honestly he can understand whatever he wants. For me, it helped me to just focus on the things that I can control and focus on the comeback but not so much really the last one.” (Transcribed by MMA NEWS)

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Kattar Responds To Chikadze Saying He’d Beat Him 9 Times Out Of 10

UFC featherweight contender Calvin Kattar has responded to Giga Chikadze’s claim that he’d beat “The Boston Finisher” nine times out of 10.

For Chikadze, the one exception came in the opening UFC main event of 2022 this past weekend. “Ninja” faced …

Calvin Kattar, UFC Vegas 46: Chikadze vs. Kattar

UFC featherweight contender Calvin Kattar has responded to Giga Chikadze’s claim that he’d beat “The Boston Finisher” nine times out of 10.

For Chikadze, the one exception came in the opening UFC main event of 2022 this past weekend. “Ninja” faced top-five 145lber Kattar in what was the Methuen native’s first appearance since his brutal defeat to Max Holloway last January.

Despite having a tough and proven name who represented the biggest challenge of his career to date in front of him, a lot of Chikadze’s focus and attention during fight week appeared to be elsewhere. After Alexander Volkanovski was left needing a challenger to his title after the withdrawal of Holloway, the Georgian threw his name into the hat and repeatedly accused the champion of running from him.

But on Saturday night, Kattar made him pay for looking past him, something he warned Chikadze he’d do beforehand. Across five rounds, “The Boston Finisher” bruised and bloodied the #8-ranked contender’s face on his way to a dominant unanimous decision triumph.

In the aftermath of the entertaining headliner, Chikadze turned heads on a Facebook Live when he suggested he’d be the one with his hand raised nine times out of 10 against Kattar.

“I feel like if I would fight with this guy 10 times, 9 I would win,” Chikadze said. “That would be the one I would lose and that was last night. It is what it is. I made mistake and I’m paying now with it. It’s all good. Guys, I’m unbreakable. Remember this shit, Georgians always unbreakable. This is how we fight, until the fucking end.”

Kattar Responds With Class

Hearing those comments from a man you’ve just beaten the face off for 25 minutes would understandably elicit a strong response from most members of the UFC roster. But for Kattar, the only response was class.

During an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Kattar said he hadn’t taken Chikadze’s comments personally. Instead, the #5-ranked featherweight wished his fallen opponent a quick recovery and encouraged the Georgian to handle the loss well.

“No, no, it’s different when you hear people in person in interviews, but I don’t take it personal, man,” said Kattar. “It’s whatever, you know, wish him a speedy recovery, bounce back. I told him all you can do now is make the next guy pay. That’s exactly what I did. And hopefully, he responds to the loss well. It doesn’t sound like it’s going that way early, but hopefully  he just understand that—honestly he can understand whatever he wants. For me, it helped me to just focus on the things that I can control and focus on the comeback but not so much really the last one.”

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Having rebounded in style following a year away from the Octagon, Kattar will now look to continue his charge to the title, which was stalled by Holloway in 2021. Next up on his road to the top will likely be either Yair Rodriguez or Brian Ortega, who are coming off losses to the top-two featherweights in the division.

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Kattar Warned Chikadze About Overlooking Him Prior To UFC Vegas 46

At UFC Vegas 46, Calvin Kattar decimated Giga Chikadze and spoiled any hopes the Georgian had of fighting for the title next.

Prior to and during fight week, much of the talk had surrounded Chikadze’s calls for a championship opportunity. After Max…

UFC Vegas 46: Kattar vs. Chikadze, Calvin Katter

At UFC Vegas 46, Calvin Kattar decimated Giga Chikadze and spoiled any hopes the Georgian had of fighting for the title next.

Prior to and during fight week, much of the talk had surrounded Chikadze’s calls for a championship opportunity. After Max Holloway withdrew from his scheduled trilogy clash with Alexander Volkanovski, “Ninja” was one of the first to throw his name into the hat to replace “Blessed.”

When “The Korean Zombie” was touted as the likely candidate to face the champion next, Chikadze claimed he’d lost respect for the champion and even suggested Volkanovksi would be his easiest opponent inside the 145-pound top 10. But through all that talk, one man is being forgotten: Calvin Kattar.

This past weekend, “The Boston Finisher” brutally beat and bust open Chikadze’s face across five rounds. With vicious elbows and clinical boxing, Kattar won every round on the judges’ scorecards and made amends for his own beating at the hands of Holloway last January.

Don’t Overlook Kattar

With the result, Kattar shot back towards contention and stalled the surging rise of Chikadze, who was previously riding high off the back of a main event win against Edson Barboza.

But while many had expected “Ninja” to move past Kattar and stake his claim for a title shot, the message from fans and pundits since Saturday’s headliner has been: Don’t look past what’s in front of you. That message had already been said loud and clear at UFC Vegas 46 media day last Wednesday.

After asserting that Chikadze’s focus on gold and exchanges with the titleholder had no effect on him, Kattar warned the #8-ranked contender that setting his sights on anyone other than him would be a “big mistake.”

“No, not one bit man. I can’t really control that, so I try not to put too much energy into it. Only thing I can control is me and my opponent Saturday night. For him to be focusing on anybody else would be a big mistake,” Kattar said.

Given the state of Chikadze’s face after 25 minutes of action, it’s safe to say Kattar’s warning was well placed…

While his toughness has never been in doubt, Kattar certainly had his title credentials and place among the featherweight elite questioned following his defeat on Fight Island last year. But at UFC Vegas 46, “The Boston Finisher” answered those questions with sharp elbows and crisp punches.

With a relieving rebound win after a year away from action, Kattar will now look to carry his momentum into another big fight, perhaps this time against a fellow top-five contender. Two men currently stand out as possible next opponents.

Brian Ortega was the last man to challenge for the title and could provide a thrilling matchup with Kattar. While he’d be looking to rebound and stay in the title conversation, the Methuen native would hope to book a date with the champ by defeating the two-time title challenger

Yair Rodriguez is also in a similar situation. He returned last November and despite performing well against Holloway, he missed out on the chance to challenge Volkanovski after a narrow defeat on the scorecards. With both losing to Holloway in 2021, a clash between Kattar and Rodriguez makes sense.

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Giga Chikadze: I Would Beat Calvin Kattar 9 Times Out of 10

Giga Chikadze’s confidence remains intact after his brutal defeat to Calvin Kattar last Saturday at UFC Vegas 46.

At UFC Vegas 46, Calvin Kattar showed his resilience by rebounding from the year-opening card of last year that saw him take a savage…

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Giga Chikadze’s confidence remains intact after his brutal defeat to Calvin Kattar last Saturday at UFC Vegas 46.

At UFC Vegas 46, Calvin Kattar showed his resilience by rebounding from the year-opening card of last year that saw him take a savage beating from Max Holloway. This time, it was him dishing out the beating across five rounds to kick off the year, with Chikadze’s face at the conclusion of the bout telling the tale of how the fight transpired.

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Seeing as how, prior to UFC Vegas 46, Chikadze was vocal about fighting Alexander Volkanovski for the title next, including preemptively requesting to replace Max Holloway against him this spring, many people thought this was a humbling experience for Chikadze.

One notable person to react to Chikadze’s loss was Chan Sung Jung, aka “The Korean Zombie,” who was ultimately chosen to replace Holloway for the featherweight title fight in a move that Chikadze criticized as Volkanovski selecting the easy fight. After Chikadze’s loss on Saturday, Jung hit him with the ol’ face-palm emoji on social media.

Chikadze would issue the following statement in response to the criticism he received immediately following the fight and also addressed The Korean Zombie’s reaction to his defeat.

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Thank you my real supporters! I love you all and owe you speed comeback. Lot of fake people around, but it’s okay. Also fuck you Korean Zombie! Be happy with someone’s (loss) you cheap fuck,” Chikadze wrote.

Chikadze Remains Confident Despite “Mistake,” Warns Future Opponents

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Giga Chikadze would have much more to say later in a Facebook Live after the fight. The Georgian chalked the loss up to an error on his part and vowed to return after making the necessary adjustments.

“It is what it is,” Chikadze said on Facebook Live. “It was not my day, but it’s okay. Sometimes it happens, shit. It was a good fight. My opponent showed up good. I made mistake…

“I’m gonna recover a little bit, guys. I know you guys are following my journey, and this is a part of the journey. When I signed up for the sport, I knew this was a part (of it). I fucked up last night, but it’s all good. It’s a journey. I’m learning from this, and next time, I’m gonna come back so much stronger. I already feel bad for my future opponents. I’m gonna learn a lot from this one; trust me on that.”

Chikadze also displayed the same confidence about a future matchup against Kattar that he had coming into their UFC Vegas 46 bout. In fact, the Georgian would imply that Kattar’s victory Saturday was tantamount to a fluke based on him chalking the loss up to a mistake and considering his assessment of how a 10-fight series between them would play out.

“I feel like if I would fight with this guy 10 times, 9 I would win,” Chikadze said. “That would be the one I would lose and that was last night. It is what it is. I made mistake and I’m paying now with it. It’s all good. Guys, I’m unbreakable. Remember this shit, Georgians always unbreakable. This is how we fight, until the fucking end.”

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Giga Chikadze Says He’d Beat Calvin Kattar 9 Times Out Of 10

Giga ChikadzeGiga Chikadze has issued a warning to the featherweight division after his lopsided loss to Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46. Chikadze (14-3 MMA) faced off in the headliner of the UFC event in Las Vegas, as he faced division rival, Kattar (23-5 MMA) in a full 25-minute slugfest, as both fighters landed a combined […]

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Giga Chikadze has issued a warning to the featherweight division after his lopsided loss to Calvin Kattar at UFC Vegas 46.

Chikadze (14-3 MMA) faced off in the headliner of the UFC event in Las Vegas, as he faced division rival, Kattar (23-5 MMA) in a full 25-minute slugfest, as both fighters landed a combined 272 significant strikes on each other. 

The Georgian entered the bout with a nine-fight win streak, with his most recent victory coming against veteran Edson Barboza back in August 2021. 

Whereas his opponent, ‘The Boston Finisher’ was coming back after a lengthy 12-month break following his historic beatdown from former featherweight champ Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway. 

The inaugural UFC main event of the year exceeded its expectations after the back-and-forth encounter shaped an early candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’. 

However, Chikadze still feels confident in his ability to reach UFC featherweight gold, as he expressed his feelings on a Facebook live after the fight:

“I f**ked up last night but it’s all good, it’s a journey and I’m learning from this,” Chikadze said. “Next time gonna come back so much stronger. I already feel bad for my future opponents. Trust me on that. And also, I feel like if I was to fight this guy 10 times, 9 times I would win.”

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While his loss was evidently convincing, it isn’t the end of the day or even a huge step misstep for the ‘Ninja’. The bout won Fight of the Night and had other fighters and fans across social media praising both the men for their effort.

Chikadze called out “cheap f**k”, Chang Sung Jung who reveled in his defeat at UFC Vegas 46. ‘The Korean Zombie’ is scheduled to face featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in April. The 145lb is shaping up nicely in 2022 and Chikadze will surely be a player in the division when he returns to full fitness.

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Dana White: People Forgot How Good Calvin Kattar Is

UFC President Dana White thinks the public counted out Calvin Kattar ahead of his main event bout against Giga Chikadze.

Kattar walked away with a unanimous decision win over Chikadze on Saturday night, clearing scorecards after a brawl against a f…

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UFC President Dana White thinks the public counted out Calvin Kattar ahead of his main event bout against Giga Chikadze.

Kattar walked away with a unanimous decision win over Chikadze on Saturday night, clearing scorecards after a brawl against a fellow ranked featherweight. The win saw him emerge as the better striker, hurting Chikadze with a high volume of shots.

This impressive showing from Kattar came after a week where Chikadze was viewed by many as the expected winner. He was even in discussion to step in on short notice to replace Max Holloway in a title fight against Alexander Volkanovski.

White feels that people didn’t give Kattar enough of a chance before the fight. He discussed how we have seen Kattar’s toughness in his previous appearance and how he has proven himself before.

“It’s almost like everybody forgot about Calvin Kattar and [his fight against] Max Holloway. Everybody counted him out tonight. I thought that the spinning elbow he landed changed the fight. I think that first round wrestling tired them out,” said White, speaking at the post-fight press conference on Saturday.

“They just dug in and went to war … [Kattar] kept constant pressure on him. He stayed in his face. He kept him moving backwards. It looked like Giga was out of it halfway through the second round.”

White: Kattar’s Layoff Helped Him

The win on Saturday night was Kattar’s first appearance in nearly a year. He was fighting for the first time in 364 days, appearing for the first time since he was on the losing side of a dominant performance by Max Holloway.

White thought the extensive break for Kattar worked in his favor because of how his last fight went.

“I think after that fight he had with Max [Holloway], you gotta take a year off. I think you have to … He absolutely, positively needed to take that time off,” said White.

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