After falling short at UFC Vegas 35, what’s next for Edson Barboza?

Edson Barboza

This past Saturday in the headliner of UFC Vegas 35, we saw a fight that was a dream matchup on paper. Two of the very best strikers in the world battled it out as Edson Barboza (22-10) took on Giga Chikadze (14-2).

Heading into UFC Vegas 35, I actually was picking Barboza. I really liked the way Barboza looked in his fight with Shane Burgos, and I’ve seen Chikadze be susceptible to getting hit in the boxing range.

While Chikadze might’ve had the advantage in pure kicking technique, I liked the total package of Barboza. Well, I was proven to be very wrong on Saturday night. Barboza has always been someone who enjoyed a speed advantage in his striking.

He didn’t have a speed advantage over Chikadze at UFC Vegas 35. For the first couple of rounds, Chikadze’s flawless technique and speed kept Barboza off-balance. Barboza had his moments and the rounds were competitive, but Chikadze was staying a step ahead.

In the third round, Chikadze really turned up the pressure. Barboza was hurt badly and Chikadze was relentless. Ultimately, Barboza succumbed to the pressure of Chikadze and suffered a TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 35?

Saturday night was a big setback for Barboza. Barboza had spent his career in the UFC’s lightweight division and took on the best of the best. While he had some success, he could never quite reach the top of the division.

When he moved down to 145, he looked like he was capable of doing that. He lost his first fight to Dan Ige by decision, although the majority of the MMA community believes that he won that. He then won two straight to setup this fight with Chikadze.

Now, it’s back to the drawing board after UFC Vegas 35. With that, who should the promotion pair him against. Well, I think there’s a perfect opponent that is just two spots behind him in the rankings.

I think the UFC should pair up Barboza and “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). These two were originally supposed to fight back in October but Yusuff had to pull out. Yusuff started his UFC career 4-0 prior to losing his first fight to Arnold Allen back in April.

With both men in a similar spot in the division and both coming off losses, it’s the perfect fight. It’s an exciting fight from a stylistic standpoint and it would tell us a lot about where each man stands in the UFC’s featherweight division.

After sensational win at UFC Vegas 35, what’s next for Giga Chikadze?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 35, we saw a big time showdown in the featherweight division. Two of the very best and most dynamic strikers in the promotion went head-to-head as Giga Chikadze (14-2) took on Edson Barboza (22-10).

Since moving down to 145 pounds, Edson Barboza has looked tremendous. Had it not been for poor judging, he would’ve carried a perfect record at 145 pounds into UFC Vegas 35‘s main event.

That said, Chikadze was going to be his toughest test to date. Barboza has always been known for his tremendous striking. However, this was really the first time he was going to be going up against someone that’s at a higher level.

Giga Chikadze showed just how special he is on Saturday night. Barboza has always stifled opponents with his speed and power. However, he was lacking in both of those categories compared to Chikadze on Saturday night.

Giga landed beautiful kicks throughout the first couple of rounds. He also had bursts where he was so much faster compared to Barboza. Eventually, he caught him with the shot he was looking for. In the third round, Chikadze poured it on and stopped Barboza at UFC Vegas 35.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 35?

After the fight was over, there was one name on the mind of Giga Chikadze. That name was former UFC featherweight champion and arguably the greatest featherweight in the history of the promotion, Max Holloway (22-6).

Holloway was supposed to headline a Fight Night in July against Yair Rodriguez. That bout was expected to be a UFC title eliminator, however, Holloway had to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Currently, the UFC is targeting that fight for November according to Dana White. However, Chikadze might have changed the plan. There’s no word on it yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the promotion tries to get Chikadze in that spot.

If Holloway isn’t next, Chikadze wants to be the backup fighter for the UFC 266 main event. Next month, Alexander Volkanovski will defend against Brian Ortega. If one of those guys falls out, Chikadze wants to be the backup. I could see the promotion doing that as well.

Either way, Chikadze is going to be at the very top of the UFC’s featherweight division once the new rankings come out. Don’t be surprised to see the featherweight from Georgia in a title eliminator in his next fight.

Giga Chikadze stops Edson Barboza at UFC Vegas 35

In the headliner of UFC Vegas 35, we saw a big time fight in the featherweight division. Two of the best strikers in the division went head-to-head as Edson Barboza (22-9) took on Giga Chikadze (13-2).

For Chikadze, this was by far the biggest fight of his UFC career. Thus far, the featherweight from Georgia has been perfect inside the octagon. Chikadze made his debut back in 2019 and he’s gone a perfect 6-0.

If you want to find a guy who’s done nothing but fight the best of the best, look no further than Edson Barboza. The Brazilian’s strength of schedule is like no other and he finally looks at home at 145 pounds.

For years, Barboza was taking on the murderer’s row at lightweight. But then he moved to the UFC‘s featherweight division and has been instantly successful. If it weren’t for terrible judges, he would be a perfect 3-0 at 145, but instead he’s 1-2.

UFC Vegas 35 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 35 main event kicked off with no touch of the gloves as Chikadze was all business. Chikadze starts off the striking with a leg kick and Barboza looks to counter with one of his own. Front kick just misses for Chikadze.

Leg kick from Chikadze is checked by Barboza. Barboza pushing forward with pressure here and he checks another kick from Chikadze. Heavy leg kick from Barboza is checked by Chikadze. Great defensive technique from both men here.

Nice high kick and right straight from Chikadze lands. Chikadze just misses on a flying knee. Nice kick lands for Barboza and he pushes forward looking to land a combination. This is a high level chess match here.

Nice jab lands for Chikadze and he follows with a body kick. Chikadze throws another body kick, but Barboza checks this one. Beautiful spinning back kick lands for Chikadze and Chikadze lands a right hook behind it.

Chikadze blitzes but is briefly sat down by a right hand by Barboza. Barboza lands a big body kick and Chikadze puts his hands in the air. Massive body kick from Chikadze and he’s pouring it on but Barboza is staying composed.

Big 1-2 lands for Chikadze. Another kick lands for Chikadze and Chikadze is really opening up here at the end of the round. The round closes and it’s 1-0 Chikadze at UFC Vegas 35.

Round 2

Barboza needs to get some respect here in the second at UFC Vegas 35 with the way Chikadze closed the round. Barboza takes the center to start the second round and he’s throwing right away. Chikadze looks composed on the outside as he lands a low kick.

Both men trade big jabs as Chikadze circles. Powerful low kick lands for Chikadze. Another low kick for Chikadze as Barboza pushes forward. Left straight from Chikadze and he follows with a big body kick.

Body kick lands for Barboza. Chikadze is looking really slick here in the second round as he’s landing at a very high clip. Vicious body kick lands for Chikadze just after he barely missed a head kick.

Barboza rips a big hook to the body and it looks like Barboza is switching to focusing on the body here. Chikadze circles on the outside and he lands a big jab. Nice right hand lands for Barboza.

Barboza gaining a little momentum here in the second round. Vicious calf kick lands for Barboza. The two men exchange big jabs and Chikadze lands a big left hand. Nice jab from Chikadze. Much better round for Barboza, but I still lean Chikadze. 2-0 Chikadze on my scorecard at UFC Vegas 35.

Round 3

This UFC Vegas 35 main event is so much fun and there’s so much technique on display going into the third. Barboza takes the center and he opens with a double jab. Another stiff jab lands for Barboza as Chikadze looks for a front kick.

Knee to the body lands for Chikadze and he follows with a huge right hand. Barboza is hurt and Chikadze is moving in for the kill. Huge shot lands for Chikadze and Barboza is hurt badly.

Chikadze just pouring it on here and Barboza is down. Barboza tries to go for a leg lock to defend and it pauses Chikadze briefly. Chikadze then moves into the grappling and looks for a choke.

It looks deep, but he lets it go. Barboza gets to his feet, but another big shot from Chikadze lands and down goes Barboza. Chikadze knocks out Barboza here in the third.

Giga Chikadze def. Edson Barboza by TKO – Round 3 

UFC Vegas 35 Preview: Edson Barboza – Giga Chikadze

Edson Barboza

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC Vegas 35, we will see a big time fight in the featherweight division. Two of the best strikers in the division will go head-to-head as Edson Barboza (22-9) takes on Giga Chikadze (13-2).

For Chikadze, this is by far the biggest fight of his UFC career. Thus far, the featherweight from Georgia has been perfect inside the octagon. Chikadze made his debut back in 2019 and he’s gone a perfect 6-0.

In his last fight, Chikadze took on the veteran Cub Swanson. In that fight, Chikadze was able to secure his second straight UFC first round finish and that win has vaulted him into this main event against Barboza.

If you want to find a guy who’s done nothing but fought the best of the best, look no further than Edson Barboza. The Brazilian’s strength of schedule is like no other and he finally looks at home at 145 pounds.

For years, Barboza was taking on the murderer’s row at lightweight. But then he moved to the UFC‘s featherweight division and has been instantly successful. If it weren’t for terrible judges, he would be a perfect 3-0 at 145, but instead he’s 1-2.

UFC Vegas 35 Prediction

This is such a fun fight and one that UFC fans should be incredibly excited for. If you can’t get excited for this fight, I’m not sure what to tell you. It’s always fun when you have two supremely technical strikers go head-to-head.

When you look at Chikadze, he looks like a sniper. He loves throwing kicks to the body and he’s always on the outside looking for perfect shots. Meanwhile Barboza is all about speed and explosion.

The speed is going to play a big factor in my opinion. Throughout his UFC career, we’ve seen Barboza stifle opponents who just couldn’t handle the speed of the strikes and he seems to be getting even better.

Now, Chikadze does have the precision to make Barboza think. Chikadze is a good enough striker where if Barboza is sloppy at all, he’s going to pay for it. That said, I don’t think Chikadze has the pop to put Barboza out and he’s not going to win on volume. To me, this is Edson Barboza’s fight to lose.

Prediction: Edson Barboza by TKO – Round 3

UFC books headliner between Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze

Edson Barboza

The UFC has finalized a fun featherweight headliner for a Fight Night in August. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report last night that the promotion had finalized a matchup between Edson Barboza (22-9) and Giga Chikadze (13-2).

The two top ten featherweights will headline a UFC Fight Night on August 28th. Chikadze has been falling for a fight with a big name and that is exactly what he’s getting on August 28th. This is a golden opportunity for the featherweight from Georgia.

UFC fans were first introduced to Chikadze back in 2018 when he appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series. However, Chikadze lost and didn’t earn himself a contract with the promotion. However, after two wins outside of the octagon, the UFC gave him a shot.

Since then, Chikadze has been perfect. Since making his debut back in 2019, Chikadze has gone 6-0 in the UFC and he’s looking better and better each time he fights. The last time we saw Chikadze was back in May against Cub Swanson.

Swanson has been in there with some of the best in the sports history at featherweight. He was expected to provide Chikadze with a big challenge, however, Chikadze made it look easy. Chikadze finished him in 63 seconds for his sixth straight UFC win.

UFC title run for Edson Barboza?

For years, Edson Barboza was being looked at as one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. His precision striking along with his speed made him must-see TV and it made him one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport.

Up until last year, Barboza fought at lightweight in the UFC. While he certainly had some high moments, it was mainly a mixed bag for Barboza especially in the bigger fights. Having dreams of becoming a champion, Barboza decided to move down to featherweight.

He made his featherweight debut against Dan Ige and lost by Split Decision. Granted, most people believe he won the fight. Since then, he’s won back-to-back fights at 145. His last fight came at UFC 262 where he took on Shane Burgos.

In a Fight of the Night performance, Barboza stopped Burgos in the third round to pickup the TKO victory. It was a huge statement for Barboza who sent a message out to all UFC featherweights. Whoever wins this headliner in August could very well be on their way to a title shot in the future.

UFC: Will Giga Chikadze replace Holloway against Yair Rodriguez?

Last week we learned that the main event between former UFC champion Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez was off. Holloway sustained an injury and had to pull out of the Fight Night main event that was scheduled for July 17th.

At first, it looked like the UFC was focused on getting the fight rescheduled. However, we have now learned that the promotion has been shopping for replacements in order to keep Rodriguez on the July 17th card.

The top name on the replacement list is the native of Georgia, Giga Chikadze (13-2). Chikadze made his UFC debut back in September of 2019 and he’s already fought six times for the promotion. He’s gone a perfect 6-0 inside the octagon.

After some close decisions to start his UFC career, Chikadze has been incredibly dominant. His last two performances really stood out as he stopped James Krause-Simmons and Cub Swanson in the first round by TKO.

The Cub Swanson victory was incredibly impressive and Chikadze has been moving up in the UFC‘s welterweight division. The promotion has called Chikadze about being the replacement and he says he’s accepted. However, he posted on his Instagram page that Rodriguez is playing games.

Will the UFC book the fight?

As you can see from the above video, Chikadze has accepted the UFC’s offer to replace Holloway. However, Rodriguez has yet to accept the fight and is said to be weighing his options.

A lot will come down to how long Max Holloway is going to be out. Rodriguez hasn’t fought in nearly two years and he needs to get back in the cage. However, it’s obvious that he relishes the opportunity to fight someone like Max Holloway.

Giga Chikadze is an incredibly dangerous fight for Rodriguez. Chikadze could use him as a stepping stone and Rodriguez wouldn’t gain a ton by picking up the win himself. If Holloway isn’t going to be out too long, I expect Rodriguez to hold out for the former UFC champion.

However, if Holloway’s return is going to take some time, he should take this fight with Chikadze. He needs to get back in there and Chikadze would be a great fight for him.

After knockout win at UFC 262, what’s next for Edson Barboza?

Edson Barboza

This past Saturday at UFC 262, Edson Barboza (22-9) and Shane Burgos (13-3) kicked off the PPV main card. For the die-hard MMA fans, this fight was one that people have been anticipating ever since it was announced.

Barboza was making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division. After spending his entire career at 155 pounds, Barboza decided to drop down to featherweight. This move came on the heels of a few losses to the elite at 155 pounds.

While many questioned the move, he showed in his first fight that he belonged at 145 pounds. He lost a decision to Dan Ige, although, the vast majority of people believe that he won that fight. He won his second fight at 145 leading up to UFC 262.

Shane Burgos is one of the toughest outs in the featherweight division. Over the last few years, Burgos has beat some tough guys and his only two losses were to Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett.

This fight had fight of the night written all over it and it didn’t disappoint. From the opening bell, these two men traded bombs through the first two rounds. Neither man was willing to give and inch in this one.

In the third round, the fight was very much up in the air. Then, Barboza landed a massive right hand. At first, Burgos seemed to take it well. However, his body started to shut down and he fell backwards. Barboza followed up to get the TKO win at UFC 262.

What’s next after UFC 262?

This win was massive for Barboza and now he’s inside the UFC’s top ten at featherweight. With that in mind, what should the promotion do with him next? Well, the opponent right behind him makes a lot of sense to me.

Ranked tenth in the featherweight division is Giga Chikadze (13-2). Chikadze is an elite striker just like Barboza and so far he’s perfect inside the octagon. He’s coming off of back-to-back first round TKO victories.

The UFC is extremely high on Chikadze and he could be fast-tracked. A matchup between Barboza and Chikadze would provide a fresh contender for the top featherweights and it would be a fight that fans would be talking about for months leading up to the contest.

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