Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze Odds, Preview and Prediction, (August 28): UFC

Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze Odds, Preview and Prediction, (August 28): UFC

Credit: photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Time (Main Card) 10:00 p.m. EST
Edson Barboza money line -115
Giga Chikadze money line -105


Key stats
  Edson Barboza Giga Chikadze
Height 5'11 6'0
Weight 145 145
Reach 75' 74'
Record 22-9 13-2
Streak W2 W8
Last 5 2-3 5-0



In the main event of the evening, we have a Featherweight clash between contenders Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze. A fight that has the makings to be an instant classic. Barboza enters this fight on a two fight win streak, most recently stopping Shane Burgos in a wild fight. The move down to Featherweight has proved to be a wise one, as Barboza finds himself already inside the division's top ten. Meanwhile, Chikadze enters into this fight on an eight fight win streak, with six of those coming in the UFC. The first four fights saw the Georgian win via decision. However, in the last two, Chikadze has won by stoppage in the opening round.


This fight is one of those style clashes, that as a fan, you just can’t miss. Edson Barboza is one of the very best strikers in mixed martial arts. He features some of the heaviest leg kicks in the sport, which is evident by the two stoppages in the UFC due to said leg kicks. Barboza pumps an excellent jab and is so dynamic on the feet, that he will throw several spinning strikes. Barboza also boasts excellent durability, cardio and takedown defense. The latter of which has been an issue of Giga Chikadze. However, Barboza isn't one to wrestle. The Georgian comes from a kickboxing background, where he put together a solid 38-6 record. Where Chikadze excels is when he can keep range and counter strike. From there he throws an arsenal of kicks.

As for a prediction, I have Barboza winning. I believe his output is slightly better and his experience in five round fights gives him the nod. I expect Barboza to use low leg kicks to slow down Chikadze, neutralizing the Georgians ability to switch stances and get off powerful leg strikes. While Barboza isn't a wrestler, he could throw off Chikadze's rhythm too by presenting the threat of a takedown. That's not necessarily an aspect I'm counting on, but given Chikadze's spotty takedown defense, it's possible. Regardless, Barboza in my opinion is the more aggressive striker, who throws with the volume necessary to edge out rounds in what should be an amazing fight. So with all that said, I predict that Barboza will win via decision.

PICK: Edson Barboza (-115)

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