“Monster”. Chikadze did what Khabib failed and caught up with McGregor
The mixed martial arts tournament UFC Vegas 35 has ended in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA). In its main duel, two brightest fighters of the featherweight division, Giga Chikadze and Edson Barbosa, met . Before the fight, the Tbilisi was ranked 10th in the featherweight rankings, but he could boast a streak of six victories. So another success, and even in a confrontation with the experienced Barbosa, almost guaranteed him a rise in several positions. At the same time, we note that in the previous fight, Giga defeated another experienced opponent – Kaba Swanson.
As for Edson, the Brazilian ranked ninth in the rankings, but at the same time had only a mini-streak of two victories. But in case of victory, and even with his own experience, he could qualify for fights with rivals from the top 5 divisions. So there were a lot at stake for the two uncompromising fighters, so it’s only natural that the fans were waiting for a hot battle.
But the battle began with traditional reconnaissance, which dragged on for almost two minutes. The first active actions were for Chikadze. Giga began to load the opponent with low kicks, sometimes using classic deuces right after them. The attacks of the Georgian athlete were so swift that the Brazilian could not keep up with reacting and lost episodes. As a result, the first five minutes could be safely given to the native of Tbilisi.
In the second round, Barbosa decided to work as the first number. The Brazilian began to press and forced Chikadze to retreat. Edson regularly pushed low-kicks into the opponent’s calf muscle, forcing him to change stances. But Giga also caused problems for the Brazilian. In particular, precise and high-speed jabs were constantly harassed by Barbosa. But in general, the second five-minute with a slight advantage was for the Brazilian.
Well, the denouement came in the third round. Almost at its start, Giga delivered a knee blow to the body to the opponent. For a second, Barbosa slowed down and missed a heavy right blow to the head. Barbosa was shocked, so much so that Chikadze managed to launch a protracted attack. The Georgian athlete advanced and showered the enemy with a barrage of blows. Barbosa rocked from side to side, de facto he was in a standing knockdown. A moment later, the Brazilian was on the canvas. In an attempt to save himself, Edson tried to drag the enemy into the fight, but Chikadze was not afraid. He tried a choke hold, but failed. After the rivals returned to the stand, where Chikadze immediately finished off the still stunned opponent. A luxurious deuce from the right straight and left side sent Barbosa to the canvas. The referee immediately stopped the bout.
Thus, Chikadze won by technical knockout. Thanks to this success, he conquered several important marks. In particular, Giga did what Khabib did not succeed in his time . Nurmagomedov in 2017 failed to keep an early victory over Barbosa. In addition, Giga won the seventh in a row. Thus, in terms of the number of victories in a row, he caught up with the reigning UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. At the same time, Chikadze conquered the achievement of Conor McGregor , who also won seven consecutive victories in the featherweight category during his career. In addition, the Tbilisi resident bypassed Zabit Magomedsharipov,who has six consecutive victories in the division. Looking at all these statistics, willy-nilly, one can agree with ex-welterweight title contender Gilbert Burns , who, after the fight between Chikadze and Barbosa, called the Georgian a “monster”. Whatever one may say, but it seems that Georgia has a top fighter five minutes before.