Giga Chikadze will face Edson Barboza in the main event of the UFC’s August 28th event.
Chikadze has won his last eight bouts, including 8 in the UFC and is coming off a knockout win over Cub Swanson in his last bout.
Barboza has two two in a row including a delayed KO of Shane Burgos in his most recent outing.
Giga Chikadze has been asking to fight a big name. The UFC has obliged.
According to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC’s 10th ranked featherweight will be facing 9th ranked contender Edson Barboza in the main event of the UFC’s August 28th event, which is expected to take place at its APEX Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC is finalizing a featherweight fight between Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze for Aug. 28, multiple sources told @bokamotoESPN.
Once officially signed, the bout is expected to headline a UFC Fight Night event at a location to be announced. pic.twitter.com/Edftsn0n8v
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 6, 2021
Coming off Biggest Win in UFC
🚨 GIGA KICK ALERT 🚨@giga_chikadze sent Cub Swanson to the canvas 😤 #UFCVegas25 pic.twitter.com/TzNPMW9TFY
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 2, 2021
Chikadze is coming off what is without doubt his biggest win inside the Octagon to date, a first round knockout against veteran Cub Swanson. That victory was Chikadze’s second straight win via first round stoppage and both victories have earned him Performance of the Night honors.
The 32-year old from the Georgian SSR is undefeated inside the UFC Octagon in six bouts. Overall, Chikadze has won his last eight bouts, half via stoppage, and has not lost since getting choked out by Austin Springer at the Contender Series 10 in 2018 during his first fight at featherweight
A former GLORY kickboxer, Chikadze has risen to no. 10 in the UFC’s featherweight rankings with his unbeaten Octagon run. He has an overall record of 13-2 with 8 knockouts and one win via submission.
Delayed KO Win
Edson Barboza stops Shane Burgos with rare delayed KO. https://t.co/UJYipWxhkU pic.twitter.com/qKqkzmev0O
— theScore (@theScore) May 16, 2021
Barboza meanwhile, is coming off a bizarre and scary delayed KO win over Shane Burgos at UFC 262 last May 15th. The 35-year old Brazilian has won back to back fights after losing five out of his previous six outings. Barboza has an overall record of 22-9 with 13 knockouts and one submission victory.
The Brazilian is a former May Thai kickboxing champion in Brazil and the former Ring of Combat at Renaissance MMA lightweight champion. He has been fighting in the UFC since 2010 and is one of the most experienced veterans in the weight class, having fought the likes of Dan Hooker, Donald Cerrone, Paul Felder, Tony Ferguson, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Barboza is 2-1 as a featherweight and is 16-9 inside the UFC Octagon. This fight will mark the third time in his career where Barboza will be fighting in a headliner and his first since a lightweight bout against Justin Gaethje in 2019. Chikadze meanwhile, will be in the main event for the first time in his UFC career.