Adrian Yanez, Brian Kelleher, and Other MMA Fighters Reveal Their Pick for the UFC Vegas 35 Main Event – Edson Barboza vs Giga Chikadze

Published 08/25/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 01: Giga Chikadze of Georgia prepares to fight Cub Swanson in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC Vegas 35 event is all set to be one of the most interesting MMA events of the year. There are a plethora of glorious fights set for the event, however, most people are excited to watch the main event clash. The main event will happen between Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze.

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Going into the fight, many consider Barboza to be the slight favorite against Chikadze. Recently, though, various MMA fighters shared their views on the upcoming fights and chose their pick. BJPENN.com reached out to various fighters to get their views on the fight.

UFC Bantamweight fighter Adrian Yanez chose Barboza as the winner. He said, “That is a really good one. It’s a big step-up in competition from Giga Chikadze, but it’s well-deserved. He’s a high-level striker, just like Edson Barboza. It’s such a toss-up, but I can’t go against someone who has proven themselves time and time again, so I think Edson gets it done.”

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While Brian Kelleher also pegged Barboza as the winner. He said, “They are both really good strikers, but I think Barboza is more explosive and has the experience going five rounds.” Middleweight fighter Sam Alvey also chose Barboza as the winner, “I like Barboza, he’s the better MMA fighter.”

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Welterweight fighter Ramiz Brahimaj was the first one to pick Chikadze. He said, “That is a tough one to pick. The way Giga has been fighting, I think he gets it done.”

Fighters divided between Edson Barboza and Giga Chikadze

Ahead of the fight, Barboza is a -115 favorite while Chikadze is a -105 underdog. However, various pro-fighters defer from this analysis and picked Chikadze as the winner.

UFC Flyweight fighter Alex Perez said, “Giga by TKO. He is such a good striker and will find the opening on Barboza.” Meanwhile, Alonzo Menifield went with Barboza as the winner. He said, “I have to go with Edson Barboza, he is the more well-rounded fighter.”

However, the remaining three fighters went with Chikadze as their favorite to win. Georgi Karakhanyan said, “That is a tough one. Giga fought my training partner, Cub Swanson, and got him out of there in the first. Edson has been through so many wars, so I think the damage catches up to him and Giga wins a decision.”

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UFC welterweight fighter Jason Witt along with Andre Petroski also chose Chikadze as the winner. Witt said, “I think Giga Chikadze. He impressed me with the win over Cub Swanson. I also think he’s the better kickboxer than Barboza.”

Petroski said, “They both have looked good in their last fights. Giga’s last fight was the only time I have watched him fight, but I do think he has the skillset on the feet to win.”

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Who do you think will win this epic Featherweight clash? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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