UFC working on Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze headliner for Aug. 28 event

Giga Chikadze has actually been pleading for a battle – and he’s discovered one in seasonal competitor Edson Barboza.

The UFC is dealing with completing the 2 featherweights versus one another for a match that will heading the promo’s Aug. 28 occasion, anticipated to occur in Las Vegas.

2 individuals with understanding of the match verified the targeted reservation to Mixed Martial Arts Addict on Monday however asked to stay confidential as the promo has yet to make a main statement. ESPN initially reported the match.

Barboza (22-9 Mixed Martial Arts, 16-9 UFC) will want to continue his streak of current success as he gets in the battle on back-to-back wins. Following a three-fight losing skid, Barboza beat Makwan Amirkhani through consentaneous choice in October. At UFC 262 in Might, Barboza knocked out Shane Burgos in a “Fight of the Night” bonus-earning efficiency.

Considering that a fast win over Cub Swanson in Might, Chikadze (13-2 Mixed Martial Arts, 6-0 UFC) has actually freely campaigned for a battle versus any ranked featherweight, which he gets in Barboza. Considering that a loss on Dana White’s Competitor Series, Chikadze has actually rolled previous 8 challengers put in his tracks – consisting of 4 first-round surface wins. The Aug. 28 will be his very first UFC headliner.

With the addition, the UFC Battle Night occasion for Aug. 28 consists of:

  • Edson Barboza vs. Giga Chikadze

  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Makhmud Muradov

  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

  • Joselyne Edwards vs. Zarah Fairn

  • Kevin Croom vs. Marcelo Rojo

  • Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti

  • Jamall Emmers vs. Pat Sabatini

  • Dustin Jacoby vs. Darren Stewart

  • J.J. Aldrich vs. Tracy Cortez

  • Sean Brady vs. Kevin Lee

  • Mario Bautista vs. Guido Cannetti

  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.