The UFC Vegas 35 main event was the setting where the company’s #10 rated featherweight, Giga Chikadze, took out the #9 rated, Edson Barboza, in the third round. The bulk of this fight took place on the feet, until it was almost over. After some back and forth across the first-two frames, Giga unloaded a frenzy of hard straights that badly hurt Barboza. After dropping Edson, Giga threatened with an anaconda and a D’arce choke, before ultimately standing up and finishing the fight with his strikes. What a crazy finishing sequence!
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Giga Chikadze stopping Edson Barboza with strikes in the third round:
Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze, Round 3
They trade lefts. Giga lands a big right hook that stuns Edson! He lands two more shots and Barboza goes down! He tries to fight him off but Giga looks for a guillotine, then an Anaconda. He lets it go, and clubs him with two rights and he’s in trouble IT’S OVER! WOW!
Giga Chikadze defeated Edson Barboza via TKO (strikes), 1:44 of round 3