UFC Vegas 35 showed out as the technique of Giga Chikadze secured him the TKO victory against the ruthless Edson Barboza.
The two fought a methodical war, and “Giga” looked extremely fast against the Brazilian veteran. In the beginning, Barboza put forth a lot of forward pressure and had a few moments with some stiff leg kicks which saw Chikadze back up against the cage. Though, the driving force of the night was the speed of “Giga”.
Embedded on the main card, the UFC crowned a winner at 135-pounds and 185-pounds on The Return of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Volkanovski vs. Team Ortega. At middleweight, Bryan Battle defeated Gilbert Urbina with a late rear-naked choke come-from-behind win. Also, at bantamweight the popular personality Ricky Turcios took Brady Hiestand to a split-decision victory that awarded him the designation as The Ultimate Fighter as well.
In the main event, Chikadze’s fast striking alongside his unique ability to cloak those attacks made the difference between the two kickers. The fight was truly suspenseful as most understood the threat of the takedown was not present. While they both traded kicks in the beginning, afterward it seemed Chikadze got the better of the exchanges. Following those sequences, Barboza primarily began using his hands to guide him through the fight.
The Georgian stand-up fighter got the job done in the third round by blending his kicks and hands together. Prior to the finishing act, Chikadze connected on Barboza several times, and even though “Junior” didn’t collapse to the ground, the referee thought he had taken too many shots without defending himself effectively, and halted the contest.
With the latest win, the #10-ranked “Giga” will make a significant impact in the division despite overcoming a competitor ranked at #9. UFC Vegas 35 was a coming-out party of sorts for Chikadze, so surely a big fight is on the Georgian’s horizon next.
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