Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze fight targeted for UFC event on August 28

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UFC’s rising featherweight prospect Giga Chikadze’s wait for an opponent has finally come to an end as he is expected to fight Edson Barboza at UFC’s event on August 28.

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Giga Chikadze was quite frustrated for a while as he was facing some difficulties to get an opponent for himself but looks like UFC has found the opponent for him and it none other than ‘the always ready to fight’ Edson Barboza. Edson is among those elite fighters who won’t back away from any challenger whether it be a bonified opponent or a rising hungry fighter. The bout was first reported by ESPN. The UFC is working on finalizing this matchup that will headline the promotion’s August 28 event which is expected to take place in Las Vegas but nothing is finalized yet.

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For the past couple of weeks, Giga was very upset regarding his situation in the division. He was ready to fight any opponent that UFC was ready to set his fight with but none of the top fighters were accepting the fight against him.

“They called me to replace Max, and I was happy to step in,” Chikadze told MMA Fighting. “I don’t know how this guy is gonna stay ranked No. 3 if he don’t agree on the fight cause he hasn’t fought for a long time and look at me. I had like five, six fights at the same time. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

“It’s not surprising from him, because he’s been doing this for not only me but for other fighters. With Zabit [Magomedsharipov], he turned him down four times and after USADA violation and the UFC cut his contract, cut him from the UFC. I’m really upset on one thing. This guy is not ranked No. 3 [in the UFC rankings], that’s the only thing. I feel like my name should be higher.”Chikadze said.

After getting the biggest win of his career by finishing Cub Swanson at UFC on ESPN 23, he wants to continue his UFC run and wants to extend that winning streak. Chikadze is 4-0 since 2020 with some amazing finishes. He faced a loss on Dana White’s Contender Series, since that he is on an amazing four-fight winning streak with all of them being first-round finishes.

Edson Barboza doesn’t need any specifics on how good of a fighter he is. He has proved his worth in every fight and has been fighting for a long time against top guys. After his lightweight run, Barboza decided to move down to featherweight, where he is 2-1 with back-to-back victories over Shane Burgos and Makwan Amirkhani.

UFC Fight Night August 28 card:

  • Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Makhmud Muradov
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
  • Joselyne Edwards vs. Zarah Fairn
  • Kevin Croom vs. Marcelo Rojo
  • Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti
  • Jamall Emmers vs. Pat Sabatini
  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Darren Stewart
  • J.J. Aldrich vs. Tracy Cortez
  • Sean Brady vs. Kevin Lee
  • Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev

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