Edson Barboza returns to the octagon for his third UFC primary occasion on Saturday when he meets Giga Chikadze at UFC on ESPN 30 in Las Vegas. The primary card airs on ESPN following prelims on ESPN+.
How did Barboza get the chance atop the cardboard? It got here as the results of one of many extra memorable knockouts of a violent 2021 to this point.
At UFC 262 in Could, Barboza scored a third-round knockout of Shane Burgos in what was one of many wildest delayed-reaction finishes to ever occur contained in the octagon.
Although the primary two rounds of the featherweight bout, Barboza was getting the higher of the hanging exchanges. His left arms have been damaging Burgos, and all of it led to the wild end. Simply over a minute into the third spherical, the Brazilian linked on Burgos with a pair of rights that ultimately despatched him to the canvas – however after an odd delayed response of a number of seconds. Barboza adopted up with ground-and-pound, however it was clear Burgos was out and the referee stopped the bout.
The victory pushed Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) to 2-1 since he dropped to 145 kilos in Could 2020, and provides him one other crack at a UFC headliner after falling quick in his first two possibilities. He takes on Chikadze (13-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who has but to style defeat contained in the octagon.
To get ready for UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday, watch the complete Barboza vs. Burgos battle above, courtesy of the UFC.