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MMA Junky 2020 “Radar Fighter of the Year”: Gigachikaze – MMA Sports

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Natives of the George Dynasty have become a sneaky force in the UFC Featherweight division. Chikaze (12-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) did a lot of work throughout 2020 and laid a solid foundation. This promises to take over him in 2021.

In a tough year when the UFC was forced to stop due to an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chikaze succeeded in four competitions in 2020, winning all four games.

After a successful UFC debut in September 2019, Chikaze recorded his first fight in 2020 at UFC 248 in March, beating Jermall Emmers in a close and somewhat controversial split decision.

Chikaze will fight three more times in 2020.

He followed up with a dominant decision victory over the tough Latin Irwin Rivera at the ESC N8 UFC in May and the Omar Morals at the UFC Fight Night 179 in October.

And to conclude 2020, Chikaze won the first stopwin of his UFC career and head kicked Jamie Simmons in a main card match at ESPN 17’s UFC in November.

It’s impressive to be 4-0 in the UFC within a year. But the real feat here is the progress made in Chikaze’s MMA development. The Ninja moved from making a close split decision in the UFC card qualifying at the beginning of the year to winning the first round of stopwin on the main card before the end of 2020. Chikaze has shown many improvements in his game.

Kings MMA products will enter 2021 with seven consecutive victories. He’s arguably one or two more notable names in the UFC’s top featherweight division.

Chikaze hasn’t been ranked yet, but he lays the foundation for a very promising career. That’s why Chikaze is MMA Junkie’s 2020 “Under the Radar Fighter of the Year”.

Honorable Mention

Merab Dvalishvili

Merab Dvalishvili

Merab Dvalishvili is a dark horse in the UFC’s bantamweight division.

In 2020, Dobarisibiri (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) won three wins, overtaking Casey Kenney, Gustavo Adriáz and John Dodson. Dobarishibiri may not be seen as an imminent threat to the title, but he aims to be a future title candidate and could already trouble the best weight class players.

“The Machine” is gaining momentum, all showing a rise to the top.

Juan Espino

Due to Juan Espino’s misfortune, he was unable to fully show the world what he was made of.

The Spanish rival won the “Ultimate Fighter 28” in 2018, but couldn’t follow up on the outcome due to a pandemic after a broken hand. Espino (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) finally made his UFC debut in 2020 and won the first round submission.

Espino was easily one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division, he was a TUF champion and remained a lot in tanks, and finally he was cleared to compete.

Magomed Magomedov

Magomed Magomedov Did you know that UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan is 1-1? Yes, it is.

Magomedov (17-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) recently joined Bellator’s roster after a long career at ABC, winning a promotional bantamweight title and playing against Yang twice. Won the split decision and lost the unanimous decision of the UFC champion. Magomedov has only one professional defeat, for Yang.

Magomedov looked solid with his Bellator debut victory over Mateus Matos at Bellator 254 in December. Little is known in the state, but he could eventually become a Bellator champion.

– MMA Sports

MMA Junky 2020 “Radar Fighter of the Year”: Gigachikaze

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