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UFC Vegas 35: Giga Chikadze lays out Edson Barboza

Giga Chikadze made a statement at UFC Vegas 35 overcoming Edson Barboza and stopping the veteran in the third round.

Barboza (22-10-0) started fast and appeared to be getting the better of Chikadze (14-2-0)  in the second round with numerous leg kicks. But Chikadze landed a punch that stunned Barboza and opened him for more strikes, sending him to the canvas.

Chikadze pounced and tried a D’Arce choke but Barboza escaped. Another Chikadze right hand planted Barboza against the octagon and forced referee Jason Herzog to call the bout at 1:44.

It was the ninth consecutive win for Chikadze who has admitted previously that he tends to fade late in bouts, but overcame Barboza’s offence in the first two rounds.

Barboza’s two fight win streak was snapped in the loss.

Chikadze, Abdul Razak Alhassan, Gerald Meerschaert, and Pat Sabatini all earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece. There was no Fight of the Night awarded.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MANA MARTNEZ DEF. GUIDO CANNETTI VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

PAT SABATINI DEF. JAMALL EMMERS VIA SUBMISSION (HEEL HOOK) R1 1:53

JJ ALDRICH DEF.VANESSA DEMOPOULOUS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

DUSTIN JACOBY DEF. DARREN STEWART VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:04

WELLINGTON TURMAN DEF. SAM ALVEY VIA SD (27-28, 28-27, 28-27)

ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN DEF. ALESSIO DI CHIRICO VIA TKO (HEADKICK) R1 0:17

MAIN CARD 

MAKHMUD MURADOV VS. GERALD MEERSCHAERT

WINNER: GERALD MEERSCHAERT VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAKHMUD MURADOV VIA TKO

Andrews: Good comeback by Meerschaert.

ANDRE PETROSKI VS. MICHAEL GILLMORE 

WINNER: ANDRE PETROSKI VIA TKO (ELBOWS AND PUNCHES) R1 3:12

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE PETROSKI VIA TKO

Andrews: Petroski just overcame Gillmore on the ground starting from the second round. Good win.

#11 KEVIN LEE  VS. DANIEL RODRIGUEZ

WINNER: DANIEL RODRIGUEZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KEVIN LEE VIA UD

Andrews: Another disappointing loss for Lee. This guy talks too much and needs to humble himself and work hard.

RICKY TURCIOS VS. BRADY HIESTAND

WINNER: RICKY TURCIOS VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRADY HIESTAND VIA TKO

Andrews: Congrats to the TUF 29 winner Turcios.

BRYAN BATTLE VS. GILBERT URBINA 

WINNER: BRYAN BATTLE VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: GILBERT URBINA VIA UD

Andrews: Congrats to the TUF 29 middleweight winner Battle.

MAIN EVENT

#9 EDSON BARBOZA VS. #10 GIGA CHIKADZE 

WINNER: GIGA CHIKADZE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) 

ANDREWS PREDICTION: EDSON BARBOZA VIA UD 

Andrews: Barboza was doing well, but got caught and could not recover. Good win for Giga but still needs to work on his cardio.

The next UFC event is UFC on ESPN+ 49, which takes place Saturday Sept. 4 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Middleweight Derek Brunson takes on Darren Till in the main event.

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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