The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us today, August 26, 2023, for UFC Singapore, going down live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Headlining the event is a 145 lb affair between former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (24-7) and former two-time title challenger Chan Sung Jung (17-7).
Co-headlining the event is a light-heavyweight showdown between no. 8 ranked former title challenger Anthony Smith (36-18) and no. 10 ranked Ryan Spann (21-8), a rematch of their 2021 encounter.
Our feature fight of the evening came in the featherweight division between no. 9 ranked former kickboxing champion Giga Chikadze (15-3) and no. 15 ranked TUF 12 contestant Alex Caceres (21-14).
Chikadze was making his first octagon appearance since January of 2022; that was the first time he’d lost inside the promotion, a defeat coming to no. 7 ranked Calvin Kattar. He was 7-0 inside the UFC octagon going into that fight, while Caceres had gone 7-1 over his latest eight appearances himself coming in.
Continue reading to see how this 145 lb feature fight went down:
Official Result: Giga Chikadze def. Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Caceres frustrates Chikadze through the opening five minutes with his footwork and unorthodox strikes. He lands a solid spinning back fist about one minute in and continues to impress on the feet throughout the round. Chikadze lands some good right hands of his own, but ultimately loses the first round.
Chikadze finds his range about two minutes into round two, first landing a good body kick followed by a left-hand upstairs, and he proceeds to land his right hand through the remainder of the round.
Caceres is still landing good shots of his own, but Chikadze’s clearly have more pop on them.
The third and final round between these two was quite close with each man having success.
Chikadze lands a hard overhand right about 40 seconds in, the most significant strike of the round, while Caceres holds his own through the final five minutes. This was a close one; Caceres did well in the first, though it was scored for Chikadze, then Chikadze had a good second and third for his first victory in two years.
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