Edson Barboza owns some of the most devastating, highlight-reel knockouts in UFC history. His spinning-wheel kick KO of Terry Etim in 2012 is one of the very best ever seen in MMA. Barboza is coming off a one-punch knockout of Shane Burgos at UFC 262 in May.
Giga Chikadze, meanwhile, is no slouch. He’s an elite striker with vast experience in Glory Kickboxing. And he’s coming off two straight knockouts, the most recent a body-kick KO of veteran Cub Swanson in May.
On Saturday, Barboza and Chikadze — two of the very best stand-up artists in the UFC featherweight division — will face off in the UFC Fight Night main event in Las Vegas. Expect fireworks, according to those in the know.
“That’s a striker’s delight there,” Fortis MMA coach Sayif Saud said. “Does it get any better than that?”
The question, though, is who will come out on top? Barboza is an 11-year UFC veteran who fought the very best at lightweight before this current 2-1 run at featherweight. Chikadze is a surging prospect, a perfect 6-0 in the UFC.
ESPN asked some of the top coaches in the game to give us their predictions and analysis.
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