Giga Chikadze has been named the 2022 Forrest Griffin Community Award winner.
Chikadze will be honored during the upcoming International Fight Week this summer in Las Vegas.
As the 2022 recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award, Chikadze will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice. All donations are courtesy of Toyo Tires.
During the 2022 UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony on Thursday, June 30, Chikadze will be honored. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Forrest Griffin Community Award is presented annually as part of the UFC Honors President’s Choice category, as the award recipient is personally selected by UFC President Dana White. UFC Honors, presented by Toyo Tires, is the company’s annual awards program recognizing UFC athletes, exceptional performances, and special moments throughout each year.
“Giga is a great role model for athletes who want to help those in need by giving back to their community,” said UFC President Dana White. “Giga sets a perfect example by making a positive impact on his community by helping those effected by cancer with anything they need, while staying out of the spotlight. He understands that it’s not about publicity, it’s just the right thing to do. It’s an honor to present him with this award.”
In 2014, Giga and his sister, Keso, established The Knockout Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of assisting individuals fighting cancer with financial support for medical bills, chemotherapy, and medical evaluations.
The siblings launched their charity following the death of their mother, Nino, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013. As his mother was going through chemotherapy treatments, Giga witnessed firsthand the hardships that many families endure, which inspired him and his sister to begin assisting others in similar situations.
Since starting their foundation, the Chikadze’s have launched a series of campaigns to help raise funds for families located in the United States, Armenia, Cuba, Haiti, Ukraine, and their native Georgia, supplying financial support and facilitating donation assistance for more than 200 individuals during their cancer treatments.