Giga Chikadze became once cheerful when he became once paired up with a nice title in longtime featherweight contender Cub Swanson. On the opposite hand, the elation became once nothing in comparison with the pleasure that got right here when he “Giga-kicked” his methodology to a first-spherical finish.
The bout took situation May maybe also fair 1 at UFC on ESPN 23 in Las Vegas and served as the co-main occasion below a Jiri Prochazka vs. Dominick Reyes headliner.
The strive against only lasted 63 seconds as Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) ripped the body of Swanson across the one minute mark of the first spherical. As demanding as they advance, Swanson tried to remain standing nonetheless his body did now not cooperate. Swanson even tried to take dangle of a maintain of one of Chikadze’s legs nonetheless the Georgian fighter escaped. From there, Chikadze separated from his downed opponent and finished the strive against with punches.
The strive against region up Chikadze for even but any other step up the ladder, that may advance Saturday when he takes on Edson Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 30. The occasion takes situation at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN/ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN+.
Chikadze, 33, will examine his ninth win in a row – a lunge that dates assist to earlier than his UFC debut. A used standout kickboxer, Chikadze may additionally add the ninth knockout and/or 10th finish of his professional MMA profession.
Earlier than Chikadze’s first UFC headliner, relive his ideal win to this point in the elephantine strive against video above.
UFC on ESPN 30 free strive against: Giga Chikadze TKOs Cub Swanson with ‘The Giga Kick’ in 63 seconds