UFC Vegas 35 going down from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event of the evening, Giga Chikadze scored a spectacular knockout win over longtime veteran Edson Barboza. In the co-main event, Bryan Battle submitted Gilbert Urbina to win the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
Chikadze (14-2) improved his UFC record to 7-0 on Saturday, as he knocked out Edson Barboza with strikes at 1 minute, 44 seconds of the third round. The featherweight contest headlined UFC Fight Night inside the Apex.
Chikadze continued his winning ways by scoring his ninth straight victory after finishing Barboza in the third round of their five-round headlining bout. He is now 7-0 inside the Octagon with his last three victories coming by way of knockout. With performances like that Chikadze has quickly garnered the attention of the entire 145-pound division. The win will get him closer to a Top 5 ranking, though it likely won’t be enough to get the backup spot to Alexander Volkanovsi vs Brian Ortega that he asked for post-fight. And that’s okay, his time will come and another spectacular finish over a big name opponent could be just the trick.