Giga Chikadze was ecstatic when he was paired up with an enormous identify in longtime featherweight contender Cub Swanson. However, the elation was nothing in comparison with the joy that got here when he “Giga-kicked” his solution to a first-round end.
The bout befell May 1 at UFC on ESPN 23 in Las Vegas and served because the co-main occasion beneath a Jiri Prochazka vs. Dominick Reyes headliner.
The battle solely lasted 63 seconds as Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) ripped the physique of Swanson across the one minute mark of the primary spherical. As robust as they arrive, Swanson tried to remain standing however his physique didn’t cooperate. Swanson even tried to seize a maintain of one in every of Chikadze’s legs however the Georgian fighter escaped. From there, Chikadze separated from his downed opponent and completed the battle with punches.
The battle arrange Chikadze for even one other step up the ladder, which can come Saturday when he takes on Edson Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 30. The occasion takes place on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The principal card airs on ESPN/ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN+.
Chikadze, 33, will search his ninth win in a row – a streak that dates again to earlier than his UFC debut. A former standout kickboxer, Chikadze may additionally add the ninth knockout and/or tenth end of his skilled MMA profession.
Ahead of Chikadze’s first UFC headliner, relive his greatest win to this point within the full battle video above.