Giga Chikadze out of UFC 296 following groin tear

Unexpected training injury halts anticipated bout

Giga Chikadze, a prominent MMA fighter, has been forced to withdraw from UFC 296 due to a severe groin injury. The incident came to light when Chikadze shared a video on X (formerly known as Twitter), showing the moment he sustained the injury during training for his fight against Josh Emmett. The match was scheduled for December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but Chikadze’s participation is now off the table.

With a commendable record of 15 wins and only three losses, Chikadze has not specified when he will be able to return to the ring. The severity of the injury suggests a recovery period ranging from four to twelve weeks.


It remains unclear whether Emmett will still feature in UFC 296. Earlier the same day, he sought a replacement for Chikadze on X, asking who could be ready to fight on short notice.

This unexpected turn of events brings uncertainty to UFC 296, raising questions about who might step in to replace Chikadze and how it will affect both the event and Emmett’s preparations. Chikadze now faces a period of recovery, hoping to make a quick return to the competition.

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