Giga Chikadze says he agreed to replace Max Holloway, tells ‘p*ssy’ Yair Rodriguez to accept

Giga Chikadze claims he’s been supplied a primary occasion spot in opposition to Yair Rodriguez at UFC on ESPN 26 following Max Holloway’s withdrawal.

Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) stated he accepted instantly, and he’s able to battle in 4 weeks’ time on the July 17 occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. His concern, nonetheless, is that Rodriguez (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) received’t oblige.

It was initially reported that the UFC meant to reschedule Rodriguez vs. Holloway for a later date, however with Chikadze saying he’s been supplied the battle, that’s apparently not the case. Nothing is ready in stone, although, and Chikadze stated he’s at present ready for an official reply on what’s to return.

Chikadze is aware of he’s able to battle, although, and he put out an announcement on social media to make the behind-the-scenes discussions public and put some stress on Rodriguez to battle (by way of Instagram):

“Max Holloway pulled out from the fight with Yair Rodriguez due to injury. UFC called me to replace him, and of course I agreed. Now we’re waiting for Yair. This buy didn’t fight for 20 or 21 months. Guess what I was doing in this time? I was fighting, fighting and fighting. I’ve fought six times, I beat all my opponents. This guy started to play games. It’s been a few days. I haven’t heard back. Hopefully he’s going to show up July 17, but I heard he’s a little bit of a p*ssy. He didn’t show up four times with Zabit (Magomedsharipov), and I heard he did everything to pull out from this fight. I don’t think the guy is scared to be in UFC, but hopefully now he’s going to be meet me in front face-to-face and we’re going to talk. I can’t wait.”

Rodriguez’s group at First Spherical Administration didn’t instantly reply to MMA Junkie’s request for remark, and whether or not Rodriguez intends to compete in opposition to Chikadze – or anybody else – at UFC on ESPN 26.

The precise nature of Holloway’s damage is unknown. Whether or not he’s out for six weeks or six months would seemingly play a think about Rodriguez’s decision-making, but when the promotion supplied him one other battle, it’s attainable it needs to maneuver on from a Holloway pairing.

Rodriguez hasn’t competed since a unanimous choice win over Jeremy Stephens in October 2019. Chikadze has been one of the energetic 145-pound fighters within the UFC over the previous two years and is coming off a 63-second TKO of Cub Swanson at UFC on ESPN 23 in Might.


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Jobber Wiki writer Frank Lengthy added to this report.