On August 25, just 4 days earlier than his scheduled bout with Alex Caceres at the UFC Vegas eight card, Chikadze examined effective for COVID-19 and become pressured to withdraw from the fight. It become a real sadness for the featherweight prospect, as he had usually desired to check himself against “Bruce Leeroy”.
“I was super disappointed because I was preparing for this fight for like 10 years,” Chikadze told UFC.com. “I imagined it 10 years ago when I saw Alex Caceres in The Ultimate Fighter and I joked with my friends about fighting him because we have similar styles. I was really excited for such an entertaining fight and it’s a bummer it didn’t happen.”
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Chikadze’s focus immediately switched to his health and following the correct protocols of quarantining. While at home, Chikadze trained in the backyard and spent time biking in the mountains and staying in shape.