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

UFC Vegas 25 Preview: Dominick Reyes – Jiri Prochazka

Dominick Reyes

Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 25, we will see a light heavyweight showdown between top five contenders. Former two-time title challenger Dominick Reyes (12-2) will taking on Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1).

For Reyes, he will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. Reyes made his UFC debut back in 2017 and immediately won five fights in a row and he did it against impressive competition. Some of the names included: Chris Weidman, Volkan Oezdemir, OSP, and Jared Cannonier.

Those wins earned Reyes a shot at Jon Jones at UFC 247. The fight was razor close with many believing that Reyes beat the UFC‘s all time great. However, the judges gave the fight to Jon Jones.

After Jones vacated the light heavyweight title, Reyes got another shot at UFC 253 against Jan Blachowicz. This time, Reyes came up short, but he was finished leaving no doubts. Reyes has gone from feeling like the uncrowned champion to starting down the barrel at a three-fight losing streak.

The man who can make that losing streak a reality is Jiri Prochazka. Prochazka made his UFC debut back in July of 2020 against Volkan Oezdemir. He knocked Oezdemir out cold in the second round which was his eleventh straight win.

Prochazka is a very unique fighter with incredibly odd but effective standup. Out of his 27 career wins, 24 have come via knockout. He could be the next big thing in the UFC and he plans on showing that tomorrow night.

UFC Vegas 25 Prediction

I’m very intrigued by this main event at UFC Vegas 25. While incredibly unorthodox, Jiri Prochazka’s standup can give Dominick Reyes a lot of issues tomorrow. Prochazka has very good feints, unique movement, and a ton of power.

It will be on Reyes tomorrow to try and pick up on patterns in order to get his shots off. When Reyes was on the rise, we saw him use good straight lefts and a lot of kicks. He’s going to need to do that tomorrow night.

Reyes needs to keep things clean and down the middle. I’d like to see him utilize some body kicks and really look to land straight lefts. However, they won’t be easy to land with someone who moves like Prochazka.

I still firmly believe Dominick Reyes is one of the best light heavyweights in the world. However, I really don’t like this matchup for him. Prochazka is very long and he strikes from such odd angles. I think Reyes is going to be much more hittable than Prochazka tomorrow night.

In making a prediction, i think Prochazka is going to get the win at UFC Vegas 25. If Reyes wins, it’s going to be by staying patient and staying straight with the shots. However, I think the head movement and  wild yet effective striking of Prochazka wins out in a big way tomorrow night.

Prediction: Jiri Prochazka by TKO – Round 3