Shortly after Bill Algeo earned his first Octagon triumph with a unanimous verdict over Spike Carlyle at UFC on ESPN 18, he issued a callout to Giga Chikadze.
Algeo has had Chikadze on the brain ever since an encounter with the former Glory Kickboxing Standout at Kings MMA. Chikadze has built some momentum in the Las Vegas-based promotion with five consecutive wins to kick off his tenure — including four in 2020 alone. However, according to Algeo, the Georgian fighter wasn’t so successful in what was supposed to be a light sparring session.
“Myself and coach, we were on vacation in California and we went to Kings MMA, which is Rafael Cordeiro’s school. Rafael Cordeiro could not have been more welcoming, He’s such a nice guy,” Algeo said.
“He had one d--- head student—Giga, who tried to take my head off with little gloves. I was like, ‘I’m on vacation, man.’ We were going light and he wasn’t winning. He was losing. He’s got some hot blood. He was just trying to take my head off with little gloves after I started tagging him a little bit. After that, I saw him get signed by the UFC and said, ‘Perfect, there’s my guy.’”
Algeo also got the better of Carlyle, outlanding his foe by a 70-to-23 count in significant strikes while successfully defending nine of 13 takedown attempts. Though Algeo wasn’t completely pleased with his performance, he was still happy to earn a victory after losing a decision to Ricardo Lamas in his short-notice debut at UFC Fight Night 175 on Aug. 29.
“I wanted to win. You always want the ‘Performance of the Night’ or a knockout of the night, but it takes two to tango,” Algeo said. “When one guy is just waiting, level-changing and tackling—you can’t do much with that. So I’ll play it safe, tag you and wait for you to do something stupid. I didn’t have much to capitalize on, but I’ll take the win all day.”
No matter what the future holds for Algeo, it appears his callout drew Chikadze’s attention.
LOL! This is funny.— GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze) November 29, 2020
You are like a lil kid screaming for attention.
Yes lil boy! @billalgeo #UFCVegas15
Call me punk?! Who you think you are
I am open for December 19! #gigakick @ufc @danawhite @AliAbdelaziz00