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 loss at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Cody Stamann?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, Cody Stamann (19-4-1) was tasked with trying to stop Merab Dvalishvili (13-4). Dvalishvili had won five fights in a row leading into Saturday and The Spartan was trying to stop that winning streak.

These two men were scheduled to fight a couple of times over the last year. However, the fight always fell through. But, at UFC Vegas 25, we finally got to see these two talented bantamweights go to war.

Stamann was looking to bounce back after a loss in his last outing. On the UFC‘s first trip to Fight Island, Stamann took on Jimmie Rivera. It was a huge fight for Stamann, but he came up just a bit short.

Stamann started out his UFC career going 3-0. However, since then he was 2-2-1 heading into Saturday night. Well, unfortunately for Stamann, he wasn’t able to turn away the storm that is Merab Dvalishvili.

While Stamann was the one stepping forward throughout the fight, there was just nonstop action from Dvalishvili on Saturday night. Stamann had moments including getting the better of the grappling a few times, but ultimately, Dvalishvili controlled the fight. Ultimately, Stamann dropped a unanimous decision which brings him to just 2-3-1 in his last six fights.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

Despite the loss, Cody Stamann remains in the UFC’s top fifteen at bantamweight. With the updated rankings coming out today, Stamann clocks in at the thirteenth position which is where he was before Saturday night.

With Stamann still inside the top fifteen, what should the UFC do with him next? There is one fight that I love for Stamann and the bantamweight division. That is a matchup with Casey Kenney (16-3-1).

Kenney is coming off of a loss to Dominick Cruz back at UFC 259. That loss snapped a three-fight win streak. Since making his octagon debut back in 2019, the only two men to have defeated Kenney inside the octagon are Cruz and Dvalishvili.

Kenney and Stamann find themselves in a very similar position. I think the best move would be the pair them up against each other to see who the better prospect is. Given the way their last fights went, I think the UFC could make this fight sooner than later.

After another win at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Merab Dvalishvili?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, a good bantamweight contest kicked off the main card. Merab Dvalishvili (13-4) took on Cody Stamann (19-4-1). These two were paired up twice before, but the fight fell through both times.

Finally, at UFC Vegas 25 we saw the two of them go head-to-head. Stamann was looking to bounce back after just his second loss in the octagon. Dvalishvili on the other hand was looking to pick up his sixth straight win in the UFC.

When Dvalishvili made his octagon debut a few years ago, it didn’t start well. Dvalishvili lost his first two fights inside the octagon. However, since that second loss, Dvalishvili has completely turned things around.

Dvalishvili pushes a pace that very few can match and he’s showing that he can be a handful in the UFC‘s bantamweight division. I was so intrigued by the grappling of these two considering how good of wrestlers they both are.

Throughout the fight, we saw the wrestling of each man cancel the other out at times. However, Dvalishvili was still able to get Stamann down several times. He had issues keeping him on the ground, but he was relentless with his attacks.

The activity, the pressure, and the pace that Dvalishvili is a problem for all UFC bantamweights. In the end, Dvalishvili walked away with the unanimous decision victory and now he’s won six straight.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

The UFC rankings just updated and Dvalishvili moved up to the eleventh spot in the rankings. Having won six in a row, it’s a tad surprising he didn’t crack the top ten, but he’s right there.

So, what should the UFC do with him next? Well, I really like a potential matchup between Dvalishvili and Pedro Munhoz (19-5, 1 NC). Munhoz just defeated Jimmie Rivera back in February which snapped a two-fight losing streak.

He’s currently ranked eighth in the UFC’s bantamweight division and he needs a quality next opponent. A matchup between Dvalishvili and Munhoz would really tell you a lot about both men.

Considering their spots, whoever would win a potential matchup between the two would be in a great position at 135. Perhaps a top five opponent would be waiting the winner. Dvalishvili needs a step up in competition, and I think Pedro Munhoz is it.

After huge knockout win at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Jiri Prochazka?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, we saw a big time matchup in the light heavyweight division. Top contenders Dominick Reyes (12-3) and Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1) went head-to-head.

Dana White had said earlier in the week that the winner of this matchup would be the number one contender in the UFC‘s light heavyweight division. Of course, number one behind Glover Teixeira who’s scheduled to fight the champion Jan Blachowicz in September.

Reyes was coming off of back-to-back title fights where he came up short in both. However, there’s no questioning that Reyes is at the top of the UFC‘s light heavyweight division. Jiri Prochazka made his octagon debut last July on Fight Island.

There was a lot of mystique surrounding Prochazka. Out of 26 professional wins, 23 were by knockout. He immediately showed off his talent at UFC 251 by knocking former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir out cold in the second round.

Prochazka was looking to continue that momentum on Saturday night and he didn’t disappoint. UFC Vegas 25‘s main event was incredibly fun and Prochazka fought like an avalanche. He just kept coming after Reyes looking for the finish.

In the second round, Reyes caught him flush and Prochazka had to shoot for a takedown. However, after he recovered and there was a scramble, Prochazka landed a savage spinning back elbow to knock Reyes out cold.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

There is no doubting the fact that Prochazka should be getting the next UFC title shot after Teixeira. The one frustrating part for Prochazka is the layoff that goes along with waiting for the next shot.

As mentioned, the title fight isn’t even scheduled until September. That would mean that Prochazka would not get his title shot until the very end of this year or early next year.

With that, what does Prochazka and the UFC do? Of course, he can choose to sit out and get the title shot. However, there is one fight that Prochazka has said he’s interested in that the UFC could put on in the interim.

That fight would be pairing Prochazka with Aleksandar Rakic (14-2). Rakic is ranked third in the light heavyweight division while Prochazka is ranked second. He’s 6-1 in the UFC and he’s also knocking on the door of a title shot. Perhaps the promotion books a title eliminator between the two men.

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.

After brutal knockout loss at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Dominick Reyes?

Dominick Reyes

In the main event of UFC Vegas 25, we got to see a matchup between top light heavyweight contenders. Former two-time title challenger Dominick Reyes (12-3) was taking on Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1).

In early 2020, Reyes fought Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title. The fight was incredibly close and many people believe Reyes won. However, all three judges gave the fight to Jones.

Had Reyes had won that decision, he would’ve been 13-0 having just knocked off the greatest of all time. Instead, he was left in frustration as he waited what was next. After Jones vacated the title, the UFC put Reyes in the next title fight.

At UFC 253, Reyes fought Jan Blachowicz for the vacant title. Reyes was a sizeable favorite going into the matchup, but he had no answer for the Polish Power. Blachowicz was able to stop Reyes to become the light heavyweight champion.

Now, Reyes has gone from being potentially 13-0 to looking at a three-fight losing streak if he was to lose to Prochazka at UFC Vegas 25. Well, that’s exactly what happened on Saturday night.

Prochazka was an animal in attacking Reyes on the feet. He hurt Dominick Reyes multiple times badly, however, Reyes wouldn’t back down. In the second round, Reyes actually hurt Prochazka badly enough to force him to shoot for a takedown.

However, Prochazka was still getting the better of the exchanges. Then, near the end of the second round, Prochazka landed a beautiful spinning elbow that put Reyes out cold. Reyes has now gone from his greatest high at UFC 247 to losing three straight.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

In reality, having Reyes fight Prochazka at UFC Vegas 25 was a really tough ask. In my opinion, Reyes should have fought someone a little lower to get back in the swing of things having lost two in a row.

However, that’s not the way the UFC does business. Yes, Reyes is on a three-fight losing streak, but given the caliber of opponents, I’m not expecting a big drop in the rankings tomorrow.

So who should the UFC pair him with next? In my opinion, the perfect fight for Reyes would be a rematch with Volkan Oezdemir (17-5). Oezdemir and Reyes fought back in 2019 with Reyes taking a split decision.

However, many believe that Oezdemir won the fight. Like Reyes, Oezdemir is also coming off a knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka. Reyes is going to need some time off, but when he is ready to return, I like Oezdemir as a matchup.

UFC Vegas 25 Results: Jiri Prochazka knocks Dominick Reyes out with a spinning back elbow

In the main event of UFC Vegas 25, we saw a pivotal matchup in the light heavyweight division. Former two-time title challenger Dominick Reyes (12-2) took on the surging contender Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1).

Dominick Reyes was looking to snap his two-fight losing streak tonight. Reyes started his career a perfect 12-0 including starting his UFC career out 5-0. That start earned Reyes a shot at Jon Jones.

It was a razor close fight, but Jones got the decision to retain his UFC light heavyweight title. After Jones vacated the title to move to heavyweight, Reyes got another shot at the light heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz.

However, this time Reyes got finished in the second round. After a perfect start to his career, Reyes was at risk of dropping his third straight tonight. The man who was trying to hand Reyes his third straight loss was Jiri Prochazka.

Prochazka was making just his second UFC appearance. He made his debut back on Fight Island in July when he knocked out Volkan Oezdemir in the second round. That win was his 11th straight victory. Prochazka was looking to make it 12 in a row at UFC Vegas 25.

UFC Vegas 25 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 25 main event started with a touch of the gloves. Reyes immediately pressed forward with a little pressure. Prochazka was hanging his hands low and he eats a couple of kicks from Dominick Reyes.

Reyes lands a nasty body kick on Prochazka. Prochazka throws a unique combination that seems to stagger Reyes briefly. However, Reyes counters with his own combination. A huge left lands for Reyes and Prochazka smiles.

Prochazka then lands his own big shot and it staggers Reyes. However, Reyes recovers quickly. Reyes gets a body lock and he’s able to land a takedown, but Prochazka explodes back up.

Prochazka hurts Reyes badly on the feet and he’s hunting the knockout. Reyes is swinging massive shots back which seems to slow the attack. Tons of pressure from Prochazka, but Reyes is game.

These two are just throwing bombs at each other late in the first. Insane pace from the light heavyweights. Beautiful combination from Jiri Prochazka to ends the round. 1-0 Prochazka after one at UFC Vegas 25.

Round 2

Reyes was really wearing that first round heading into the second here at UFC Vegas 25. Both men touch gloves and Reyes pushes forward with a combination. A stinging jab lands for Prochazka.

The pace slows as both men appear and Prochazka starts pressuring Reyes. Big combination lands for Dominick Reyes, but when he lands, Prochazka charges with his own big combination.

Massive shots for both men. Prochazka chases and Reyes lands a nice back hand. However, Prochazka hurts Reyes badly and he starts mixing it up. Reyes looks really staggered here, but out of no where Reyes hurts Prochazka badly.

Prochazka shoots for a takedown and Reyes locks in a guillotine choke. It’s deep and Reyes is squeezing. However, Prochazka pops his head out with one minute left. Prochazka starts working the ground and pound.

Reyes explodes up to his feet and these two start throwing bombs again. Spinning back elbow from Prochazka and Reyes is out cold. Massive win and Prochazka is a problem for the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

Jiri Prochazka def. Dominick Reyes by KO – Round 2

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 Results: Merab Dvalishvili defeats Cody Stamann by decision

One of the more highly anticipated matchups at UFC Vegas 25 was the bantamweight showdown between Cody Stamann (19-3-1) and Merab Dvalishvili (12-4). These two top bantamweights have been paired up before, but this is the first time that the fight actually went down.

Stamann was looking to bounce back after he suffered defeat in his last fight. He took on Jimmie Rivera during the UFC‘s first trip to Fight Island. Since that loss, we haven’t seen Stamann inside the octagon.

Stamann made his octagon debut back in 2017. Since joining the UFC a few years ago the only two men to have defeated Stamann are Rivera and the current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling is one of the lead training partners of Merab Dvalishvili. Dvalishvili got off to a rough start in the UFC losing his first two. However, a switch has been flipped with the native of Georgia.

Dvalishvili has now won his last five fights in the UFC. If he could pick up a win over Stamann tonight, it would likely net him someone in the top ten for his next matchup. There was a lot on the line for both men tonight.

UFC Vegas 25 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 25 main card opener started off with a quick touch of the gloves and immediate pressure from Stamann. A beautiful head kick lands for Stamann to start the striking.

Dvalishvili opens his striking with a big 1-2 and then he connects big with an uppercut. Stamann throws another kick, but Dvalishvili catches it and takes Stamann down. Dvalishvili was heavy on the pressure, but Stamann was able to get back to his feet.

More pressure for Stamann who shoots in for his first takedown. Dvalishvili just shrugs him off, but Stamann goes right back in for a takedown. Again, Dvalishvili defends well and Stamann throws some shots on the break.

Dvalishvili lands a brief takedown, but Stamann pops right back up. A nice jab lands for Dvalishvili, but Stamann staggers him with a big straight right hand. A beautiful 1-2 lands for Merab Dvalishvili.

Straight right hand lands for Dvalishvili and then again. Stamann was heavy on the pressure and Dvalishvili lands a brief takedown. A nice scramble to end the right has Stamann on top. Good round but it’s 1-0 Dvalishvili at UFC Vegas 25.

Round 2

The second round at UFC Vegas 25 started with more pressure from Cody Stamann. Stamann opens the striking with a body kick and he pushes forward. Cody Stamann lands his first takedown and is able to keep Dvalishvili down for about thirty seconds.

Dvalishvili gets back to his feet but eats a clean left on the break. A nice jab lands for Stamann, but Dvalishvili pushes forward and lands a takedown of his own. A scramble gets the fight back to the feet and both men exchange shots.

Dvalishvili times a jab beautifully and takes down Stamann. Stamann reverses the position, but Dvalishvili locks in a deep guillotine choke. Dvalishvili cranks it, but Stamann pops his head out. Another scramble has the fight back to the feet.

Big combination lands for Dvalishvili and he’s turning up the pressure. Stamann pops the jab, but Dvalishvili gets in deep on a takedown and slams Stamann down. Stamann defends well and gets back up.

Dvalishvili has his back up against fence and he’s winging his shots. Stamann is very heavy on the pressure, but he’s not landing. The two come together and Dvalishvili lands a hip toss. The round closes and it’s 2-0 Dvalishvili at UFC Vegas 25 on my scorecard.

Round 3

Heading into the final round at UFC Vegas 25 and I think Cody Stamann needs a finish. The final round opens with a touch of the gloves and Stamann is right back on the pressure of Dvalishvili.

Solid 1-2 lands for Merab Dvalishvili. Dvalishvili pushes forward and both men exchange big shots. Another big combination lands for Dvalishvili and Stamann was starting to look a little tired here in the third.

However, he was still pressing forward looking for big shots. Dvalishvili bounces off the cage and comes forward with a nice right hand. There is just so much activity from Merab Dvalishvili here in the final round. A nice left seems to stagger Stamann.

Stamann throws a flying knee which seems to land, but Dvalishvili just smiles at him. Uppercut and left hook lands for Dvalishvili. Dvalishvili follows it with two straight crisp jabs and it’s all Dvalishvili here in the third.

Dvalishvili goes for a takedown, but Stamann defends extremely well. Stamann is able to get top position and both men start trading shots on the ground. A nice scramble sees the two men in a neutral position. The round closes and despite the top control, I give the third at UFC Vegas 25 to Merab Dvalishvili.

Merab Dvalishvili def. Cody Stamann by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

UFC Vegas 25 Preview: Cody Stamann – Merab Dvalishvili

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 25, we will see a showdown between two bantamweights in the top fifteen. Thirteenth ranked Cody Stamann (19-3-1) takes on the surging contender, Merab Dvalishvili (12-4).

For Stamann, he will be looking to bounce back after suffering a loss in his last outing. In his last fight, Stamann took on Jimmie Rivera on one of the UFC‘s first cards on Fight Island. It was a competitive fight, but Rivera definitely got the best of Stamann.

That was just the second loss since Stamann joined the UFC back in 2017. His only other loss came against the current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. Sterling is also one of the main teammates of Merab Dvalishvili.

Dvalishvili didn’t get off to a hot start in the UFC. The native of Georgia lost his first two fights inside the octagon against Frankie Saenz and Ricky Simon. However, since those two losses, Dvalishvili has been nothing short of dominant.

Coming into UFC Vegas 25, Dvalishvili has won five fights in a row. Not too mention, he also set the bantamweight record for takedowns in his fight against Gustavo Lopez.

UFC Vegas 25 Prediction

I’m so intrigued by this matchup at UFC Vegas 25 because both guys are so similar. They both have tremendous wrestling and they both have ever-improving striking. It makes for such an interesting matchup.

For Stamann, he’s got to be able to withstand the pressure from Dvalishvili. Dvalishvili is going to come forward right away with a lot of pressure. The game plan for Dvalishvili is going to be to get Stamann tired with activity and pressure.

Usually with two grapplers, the fight ends up being a standup fight. If it is purely striking, I think Stamann has looked a tad more polished. However, Dvalishvili throws a lot and he’s always heavy on the activity.

I think this UFC Vegas 25 matchup is going to be decided early. There is going to be some grappling sprinkled in with this fight and whoever gets the better of it should win a decision. I don’t see a finish in this one, but I have to say, I like Merab Dvalishvili to pick up his sixth straight win in the octagon.

Prediction: Merab Dvalishvili by Unanimous Decision