After a quick win at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Giga Chikadze?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, Giga Chikadze (13-2) competed in the co-main event against Cub Swanson (27-12). It was a huge opportunity for Chikadze who was looking to take that next step in his UFC career.

Chikadze stepped into the cage on Saturday night riding a seven-fight win streak. In addition, he was a perfect 5-0 inside the octagon. Having started out that well, a win over Cub Swanson would vault Chikadze in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

Immediately when the fight started, we saw why there’s a ton of hype surrounding Chikadze. He came forward with vicious kicks and his striking looked incredibly fast. You got the feeling that Cub Swanson could be in some trouble at UFC Vegas 25.

Then, just about a minute into the first round, Chikadze landed a massive body kick that crumbled Swanson. Chikadze looked hesitant to attack because he could tell that the fight was over. However, he went in for the kill.

Chikadze followed up with a few shots and the ref called a stop to the action. This win improved Chikadze to 6-0 in the UFC and he just netted the biggest win of his career.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

Given his frame and his style of striking, Chikadze can be a huge problem in the UFC’s featherweight division. After the fight was over, Chikadze said that it would be a dream to fight Max Holloway, but he would settle for Calvin Kattar next if possible.

Calvin Kattar could be an option, but I think the UFC goes in a different direction. One possibility could be paring Chikadze up with Arnold Allen (17-1). Allen had competed a few weeks earlier and won a decision over the talented Sodiq Yusuff.

Like Chikadze, Allen is also unbeaten inside the octagon. Allen has gone 8-0 since making his debut in the UFC and he’s currently ranked seventh in the division. If the UFC wants to see which prospect is ready for the top five, they can pair those two up.

Another option would be the winner of the UFC 262 matchup between Shane Burgos (13-2) and Edson Barboza (21-9). Whoever wins that matchup next weekend would be another great option for Chikadze next.

I don’t know about you, but Chikadze against any of those options makes for a sensational fight. I’m a huge fan of Chikadze and I think he’s going to be a major player in the UFC’s featherweight division for years to come.

After TKO loss at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Cub Swanson?

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 25, we saw Cub Swanson (27-12) take on Giga Chikadze (13-2). Chikadze was looking to remain unbeaten inside the octagon while Cub Swanson was looking to pick up his third straight victory.

A couple of years ago, the UFC future for Cub Swanson looked extremely cloudy. Swanson had taken on some of the best in the sport, but he had lost four fights in a row. Regardless of competition, that’s not a good look within the UFC.

With his back against the wall, Swanson took on Kron Gracie and pulled off a decision win. Then, at UFC 256, he stopped Daniel Pineda and looked sensational. The two wins put him back in the rankings for this matchup against Chikadze.

Going into this fight, I didn’t like the matchup for Swanson. Chikadze is one of the best pure strikers in the promotion and I wasn’t sure if Swanson could get the fight to the mat. Well, he didn’t even have the chance to on Saturday night.

The UFC Vegas 25 co-main event was over almost as soon as it started. Immediately, Chikadze came out and was throwing heat. Just about a minute into the first round, a devastating body kick put Swanson down and Chikadze followed up with a few shots for the TKO win.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

As mentioned, this was a very tough matchup for Swanson stylistically. For the UFC it was a great win to vault Chikadze into a fight with better competition, but it’s a tough loss for the veteran Cub Swanson.

Despite the loss, I think Cub Swanson still has plenty to give in the UFC’s featherweight division. With that, what should the promotion do with Swanson next? Well, they might put him in a similar position for his next fight.

In thinking about the featherweight division, I think a fight that makes sense is one with Charles Jourdain (11-3-1). Jourdain had a lot of hype coming into the UFC and the 25 year old has struggled a bit.

Since making the switch, he’s gone 2-2-1 in his five fights inside the octagon. Now, in March he got a TKO win over Marcelo Rojo. A quick way to build his momentum back would be defeating a guy like Cub Swanson.

On the flip side, if Swanson is able to turn away someone like Jourdain, we might see him inch closer to the rankings once again. Any non-ranked contender would work, but I personally like the matchup with Jourdain.

Giga Chikadze stops Cub Swanson in the first at UFC Vegas 25

In the co-main event at UFC Vegas 25, we got to see a fun matchup in the featherweight division. Veteran Cub Swanson (27-11) was looking to pick up his third straight win while Giga Chikadze (12-2) was looking to stay perfect inside the octagon.

It’s been a long but successful career UFC career for Cub Swanson. Swanson has been in there with the best in the world and it’s only been the best guys who have gotten the better of Swanson.

A couple of years ago, it appeared that the end could be near for Swanson in the UFC. He lost four fights in a row and was in desperate need for a win. He took on Kron Gracie and was able to win a decision.

After that win over Gracie, Swanson picked up a TKO of Daniel Pineda at UFC 256 last year. If Swanson could win tonight, it would be massive for him moving forward. However, that was a tall order given who he was facing tonight.

Giga Chikadze has been incredibly impressive since making his octagon debut. He’s won seven fights overall in a row and he’s a perfect 5-0 inside the UFC. Swanson is his toughest test to date, but a win over Cub would really show how good he is.

UFC Vegas 25 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas co-main event started out with two immediate kicks from Chikadze. The kicks seemed to pause the initial pressure from Cub Swanson. A stiff jab lands for Chikadze. Swanson moves forward with the pressure, but Chikadze is looking fast.

A massive body kick lands for Chikadze and Swanson crumbles. Chikadze follows up with a few shots and the referee calls a stop to the action. Massive win for Giga Chikadze who is now 6-0 in the UFC.

Giga Chikadze def. Cub Swanson by TKO – Round 1

UFC Vegas 25 Preview: Cub Swanson – Giga Chikadze

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 25, we are going to see a fun showdown in the featherweight division. Top fifteen contenders battle it out as the veteran Cub Swanson (27-11) takes on Giga Chikadze (12-2).

Cub Swanson has been fighting under the Zuffa banner since 2007. Back in 2007, Swanson made his debut with the WEC and he’s been fighting the best in the world since. If you think of a top guy in the lighter divisions, Swanson’s probably fought him.

From Jose Aldo, Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira, and I can go on and on. A couple of years ago, it looked like Swanson was nearing the end when he found himself on a four-fight losing streak in the UFC.

Granted, all four of those losses were to extremely talented guys. With his back against the ropes, Swanson took on Kron Gracie. He won that fight by decision and then he knocked out Daniel Pineda at UFC 256 showing that he’s not done yet.

Standing across from Swanson tomorrow night is Giga Chikadze. “The Ninja” enters the contest tomorrow night riding a seven-fight win streak. The striking specialist made his octagon debut back in late 2019.

Since that initial UFC debut, Chikadze has gone a perfect 5-0 inside the octagon. Tomorrow night is the biggest fight of his early UFC career and a victory would be massive for him moving forward.

UFC Vegas 25 Prediction

When it comes to the UFC Vegas 25 co-main event, I think a big factor is going to be the striking range and the grappling of Cub Swanson. When it comes to pure boxing, Cub Swanson is extremely hard to beat in the lower weight classes.

However, he’s going to be at an overall striking disadvantage tomorrow night against Chikadze. For Swanson to be successful on the feet, he’s got to keep the fight in close quarters. One big key for Swanson is going to be takedowns tomorrow night.

In my opinion, he’s going to have to get this fight to the ground or he’s going to have to force a lot of clinches. I don’t like his chances if the entire fight he’s striking at distance with a guy like Chikadze.

As you can imagine, the key for Chikadze is keeping the fight at range. Use his fluid striking and constantly circle while never letting Swanson get a beat on him. While I expect Swanson to make this a tough fight, I just like Giga Chikadze in this matchup.

Prediction: Giga Chikadze by Unanimous Decision