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Giga Chikadze won’t be competing on Saturday after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The Georgian was set to fight UFC veteran, Alex Caceres, in Las Vegas this weekend in a bout he had been wanting for a long time. Chikadze (10-2) was looking to extend his winning streak to six but will now be forced to sit on the sidelines for a temporary period of time. Adjarasport.com were the first to report the news of a positive COVID-19 test, and it was later confirmed by the UFC.
Chikadze gave the following statement to Adjarasport (which has been translated):-
“I feel good. I’m back in California from Las Vegas and currently living in self-isolation. My heart is broken because the fight I’ve been waiting for for so so long is off but I believe God has better plans for me. Hopefully, I think I’ll be back in September.”Adjarasport
The 32-year-old was originally replaced by Kevin Croom, but he was later removed from the bout for undisclosed reasons. Austin Springer is now set to face Caceres on Saturday night.
UFC Vegas 8 is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight contest between former title challenger, Anthony Smith, and heavy-handed striker, Aleksandar Rakic.