UFC featherweight contender Edson Barboza is promising a “war” when he goes up against fellow striker Giga Chikadze at UFC Vegas 35.
A longtime veteran of the UFC lightweight division, the Brazilian Barboza dropped down to 145lbs weight class last year. “Junior” dropped a controversial split decision to Dan Ige in his debut at featherweight, but since then, Barboza has bounced back with wins over Makwan Amirkhani and Shane Burgos, the latter winning him a share of “Fight of the Night” at UFC 262 back in May. Overall, Barboza has looked strong since moving to the 145lbs weight class, and he is currently ranked No. 9 in the UFC in his division. For his next fight, Barboza will take on a fellow striker in Chikadze in the main event of UFC Vegas 35, which takes place next Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Speaking to AG Fight before his highly-anticipated matchup against Chikadze, Barboza promised the fans that this fight is going to be a “war.” Chikadze is the No. 10 ranked featherweight in the UFC and he is 6-0 in the Octagon and is coming off of back-to-back wins over Cub Swanson and Jamey Simmons by knockout. That’s why Barboza expects nothing short of a fan-friendly fight full of action.
“It’s a fight between two excellent strikers. He’s excellent and I’ve also proved that I’m one of the best in the division and in the UFC. The perfect home fight. We are two guys who like to fight and it’s going to be really cool. He’s a guy who’s undefeated, but he hasn’t fought against the best guys in the division yet, he hasn’t been tested much. And I, on the contrary, have already been tested against everyone from the top category. I’ve studied him with my coaches and he has a lot of gaps and I’ll work on his flaws. It will be a war,” Barboza said.
Who do you think wins the main event of UFC Vegas 35, Edson Barboza or Giga Chikadze?
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