Monster Energy’s Chikadze (15-3) came to Singapore looking to return to the victory column following a loss to Calvin Kattar in January 2022. His opponent, American MMA fighter Alex Caceres (21-14) stepped into the Octagon on a two-fight win streak after defeating Daniel Pineda in June 2023.
Right from the opening bell, the fight between Chikadze and Caceres unfolded as a striking contest fought on the feet. As both fighters attacked aggressively, Caceres broke through with a heavy spinning backfist, but Chikadze fired back, landing his signature kicks, overhand rights, and punishing straight jabs.
The exchanges intensified in the second round, as Caceres landed a few strikes while Chikadze inflicted the most damage by way of hard punches and precise kicks. The final round saw Caceres looking to increase his striking output, leaving openings for Chikadze to land staggering shots on the strength of his kickboxing expertise.
When all was said and done, it was Chikadze who anticipated his opponent’s every move and found openings for targeted shots that hurt. After the three-round fight, the judges pronounced Chikadze the winner by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
“It definitely wasn’t easy, but as you guys can see, I changed my style a little bit to make sure I win all the fights,” said Monster Energy’s Chikadze upon winning at UFC Fight Night Singapore, adding: “It’s not easy to be without a job for one-and-a-half-years when you have two kids and a wife and a family.”
Saturday’s victory returns Chikadze to the winner’s circle. The Georgian striking expert has only incurred a single loss since joining the UFC and was on a nine-fight winning streak before losing to Kattar in 2022. As Chikadze said in Singapore: “It’s been a long time. I decided the Giga Show is back!”
For his next fight, Chikadze is already eyeing the UFC 296 pay-per-view card in December. “December sixteen! This time, I wanna be there!” said Chikadze in his Octagon interview. Stay tuned for more.
Giga “Ninja” Chikadze counts amongst Monster Energy’s elite UFC athletes along with Kamaru Usman, Jon “Bones” Jones, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Chris “The All American” Weidman, Rose Namajunas, Marlon Vera, Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje, Jessica-Rose Clark, Valentina Shevchenko, Brandon Moreno, Daniel Rodriguez, Alex Pereira, Punahele Soriano, Gilbert Burns, Islam Makhachev, Johnny Walker, Beneil Dariush, Gaston Bolanos, Maycee “The Future” Barber, Brendan Allen, Jalin Turner, Sean Strickland, and Zhang Weili.
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