Giga Chikadze vs Alex Caceres 8/26/2023 – The UFC Singapore event is quickly coming, and the MMA community is excited. The main program for the thrilling event, broadcast live from Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, is a featherweight match between returning fighters Giga Chikadze and Alex Caceres.
If either boxer wants to move up the featherweight rankings, they both need to win. Chikadze is presently rated No. 9 in the category while Caceres is just outside the top 15 at No. Any future chances to win the title would be harmed by either guy losing this weekend.
Giga Chikadze vs Alex Caceres Game Information
Location: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Main Card: 10:15 PM ET
Prelims: 8:00 AM EDT
Watch on: ESPN+ and the UFC Fight Pass
Odds: Giga Chikadze -250, Alex Caceres +210
TALE OF THE TAPE
|UFC Singapore||Giga Chikadze||Alex Caceres|
|Record||14-3-0||21-13-0 (1 NC)|
|Average Fight Time||12:52||11:49|
|Weight||145 lbs||145 lbs|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||4.05||4.16|
The Return of Giga “Ninja” Chikadze
Entering the cage, Giga “Ninja” Chikadze boasts a record of 14-3-0. Standing 6 feet tall and competing at 145 lbs, the 34-year-old fighter adopts an orthodox stance and possesses an arm span measuring 74 inches. On the opposing side, Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres stands at 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 145 lbs. The southpaw fighter is determined to secure a victory and enhance his record of 21-13-0 (1 NC), while his reach spans 73 inches.
Regarding significant strikes, Giga Chikadze maintains a rate of 4.05 strikes per minute, while Alex Caceres closely trails with 4.16 significant strikes per minute. Chikadze’s accuracy stands at 42% when it comes to landing significant strikes, while Caceres demonstrates an even higher accuracy of 51%. When assessing their defensive capabilities, “Ninja” absorbs 3.35 significant strikes per minute, whereas “Bruce Leeroy” takes in 2.87 strikes per minute. Chikadze’s impressive defense sees him deflecting 62% of the significant strikes thrown by his opponents, whereas Caceres defends against 63% of the strikes directed at him.
Switching to takedowns, Giga Chikadze exhibits a less prominent wrestling skill set, averaging 0.26 takedowns per 3 rounds. He successfully completes takedowns on 33% of his attempts and thwarts 69% of all takedown attempts against him. On the other hand, Caceres attains takedowns on 68% of his attempts while preventing 64% of the takedown attempts aimed at him. Regarding submission attempts, Chikadze is less proactive, attempting 0.3 submissions per 15 minutes, whereas Caceres aims for 0.7 submissions within the same time frame.
Giga Chikadze squared off against Calvin Kattar in his most recent Octagon appearance, ultimately succumbing to a unanimous decision loss in the fifth round. Throughout the fight, Kattar delivered 157 out of 418 total strikes, whereas Chikadze managed to land 129 out of 348. Kattar’s significant strike accuracy was 35%, of which 127 out of 369 strikes were aimed at the head. In response, Chikadze’s significant strikes were 36% accurate, with 94 out of 297 directed towards the head. The most significant strikes from both Kattar and Chikadze were from a distance.
Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres
Alex Caceres faced Daniel Pineda in his final outing in the Octagon and prevailed in round three by unanimous decision. Pineda ultimately connected on 81% of his important long-range blows, while Caceres ultimately connected on 75% of his significant long-range strikes. Caceres connected on 60 of 99 big blows he tried, landing 60%. He hit the head with 32 of his 69 major strikes. In that battle, Pineda scored 27 out of 56 important blows. He succeeded on 15 of 42 headshots when examining the important strike accuracy. Regarding the blows he launched in this match, Pineda managed to connect on 43 of 74, while Caceres landed 86 of 128 total strikes.
Chikadze vs Caceres Betting Trends
Prominent sportsbooks offer an extensive array of markets for the Chikadze vs. Caceres matchup, broadening your potential avenues for victory and providing valuable insights into the potential course of the UFC Singapore fight.
For instance, the odds stand at -250 in favor of the fight extending the full distance. Despite Chikadze’s reputation for finishing fights, five of his most recent eight bouts have indeed gone the distance. Similarly, Caceres has found himself reaching the limit of rounds on five occasions out of his last eight outings.
Considering these factors, it is no surprise that the most probable method of victory is Chikadze winning by points, yielding odds of +100. Considering Caceres’ resilience, having evaded a stoppage for over four years, and with the favorite not having competed in a while, the scenario of a decision victory seems more plausible.
As for Caceres, his favored method of triumph is also by points, albeit with odds of +400. His track record includes a 4-1 standing in his last five fights that went the distance, bolstered by an overall record of 10-5 in such scenarios.
Chikadze holds the edge in first-round knockout victories with odds of +550 for those who are adventurous and anticipating a conclusive ending. Eight of his nine career KO/TKO wins have transpired in the opening round, including two occurrences in the UFC. Although Caceres has encountered a solitary knockout defeat in his career, that specific loss also materialized in the first round.
Chikadze vs. Caceres Prediction
Giga Chikadze vs Alex Caceres. Long layoffs are difficult to recover from, but Chikadze is the UFC Singapore favorite to win. He has had 19 months to regain shape and is fantastic when healthy. I envision him utilizing Saturday to stake a claim against Caceres, who hasn’t defeated opponents on a par with the Georgian fighter.
Take Chikadze’s KO/TKO triumph (+275), despite the fact that he is the point favorite to win. It’s crucial to keep in mind that, before to his defeat to Kattar, he had won three straight fights through knockout.
Caceres is a skilled fighter, but I anticipate Chikadze will surprise him with how impressive he will appear. Don’t be shocked if this battle finishes sooner than the chances suggest.
Pick: Chikadze will win by KO/TKO