Giga Chikadze captured his seventh-straight UFC win last night (Sat., Aug. 28, 2021) at UFC Vegas 35 live on ESPN/ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, when “Ninja” stopped veteran striker Edson Barboza via third-round TKO (punches) in the main event.
Both men landed solid leg kicks in the early going, but it was Chikadze who did a little more damage with his hands. Barboza returned favor in the second with beautiful work to the body and a few piercing calf kicks.
In Round 3, Chikadze came out firing and leveled Barboza with a sharp right hand. Chikadze chased Barboza around the Octagon before scoring a knockdown. That’s when “Ninja” landed heavy ground-and-pound and an anaconda choke attempt that nearly ended the fight. Barboza somehow survived and returned to his feet before Chikadze scored the eventual finish.
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