LAS VEGAS – Giga Chikadze beat Jamey Simmons with a first-round knockout Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 40 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Chikadze, who won for the seventh straight time, including his first five in the UFC.

Chikadze on enjoying his rise

Giga Chikadze

“I was so excited and prepared for this moment. I’m just very happy to celebrate this. … I’m just enjoying it. Before, I was a kickboxer and still dreaming about this kind of moment. I wanted world MMA fans to watch my talent and skill set. Finally, I’m there and enjoying each moment. I feel blessed because there are so many good fighters who aren’t getting these opportunities. I feel blessed and really happy to be here.”

Chikadze on what he wants next

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 07: Giga Chikadze of Georgia punches Jamey Simmons in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“Arnold Allen had scheduled a fight with Jeremy Stephens, and he didn’t take the fight. So I deserve his shot.”

To hear more from Chikadze, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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