Alexander Volkanovski is ‘a little chump’ who has ‘taken the easy route’ by accepting a title defence against Chan Sung Jung, says Giga Chikadze.
The Georgian striking star, who faces Calvin Kattar this Saturday, wanted the chance to win and jump in on short notice against the champion after Max Holloway pulled out of their UFC 273 showdown.
As it happens, ‘Korean Zombie’ stepped up and the UFC have allowed him to replace the Hawaiian, much to Chikadze’s annoyance.
Giga Chikadze (left), pictured with Dana White, wanted the next title opportunity
Alexander Volkanovski (right) will be facing Chan Sung Jung as a replacement
Chikadze has looked sensational en route to a record of 7-0 within the UFC and his last three wins have come by way of TKO.
‘That little chump, he’s taking the easy task,’ he told MMA Junkie. ”Korean Zombie’ has probably like from the last seven fights, he’s 4-3. I’m on a roll. I’m 7-0 since I got into UFC, so how can you avoid me?
‘There is a reason why he’s avoiding me, and I understand that. You know, he’s fighting the guy who’s already dead.
‘He’s a zombie, you know, and I’m here, the new guy. New blood. New dog. Ninja, and I deserve to be standing right there.’
‘Korean Zombie’ is to step in for the injured Max Holloway in the UFC 273 bout in April
Kattar is trying to right the wrongs of his one-sided demolition by Holloway in his last outing and Chikadze is determined to be the first man to finish him.
He said: ‘He’s a knockout power guy. That’s why I give him some credit. You know, he finishes guys.
‘Some people throw 500 punches and can’t finish the guy. This guy can take 500 punches and keep moving forward, and usually, he finishes. That’s why this fight excites me.
‘He’s never been broken. He’s never been knocked out or knocked down, so it’s a challenge to me this time.’
- Giga Chikadze: Little chump Alexander Volkanovski taking the easy task