UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs Prochazka features a featherweight showdown between UFC veteran, Cub Swanson, and the exciting new talent, Giga Chikadze.
This is a classic matchup between the veteran and the up-and-coming fighter. However, Swanson is not a gatekeeper in the division yet. He has bounced back from his 4 fight losing streak with two wins over Kron Gracie and Daniel Pineda. On the other hand, Giga Chikadze is on a unbeaten streak since his UFC debut.
So who gets the job done at UFC Vegas 25?
Cub Swanson vs Giga Chikadze Stats
Wins/Losses- 27/11 (12 KO/TKOs, 4 Submission)
Height/Reach- 5 ft 7 inches inches/ 70 inches
Striking accuracy- 50 %
Grappling accuracy- 52 %
On a 2 fight win streak
Wins/Losses- 12/2 (8 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission)
Height/Reach- 6 ft inches/ 74 inches
Unbeaten in UFC with 5 wins
UFC Fight Prediction: Cub Swanson vs Giga Chikadze Prediction
It’s not an easy fight to pick considering the fact that Giga Chikadze has not fought opponents who are as good as Cub Swanson. Though Chikadze has looked phenomenal in his last few fights he still has to get the big win that will make him a well-known fighter among the fans.
He had two split decision wins to kick off his UFC career against Jamall Emmers and Brandon Davis. It should be noted that those were short notice fights and Chikadze has looked much better in his last few fights. He has shown some solid striking and improved takedown defense. There will be a significant striking advantage to Giga Chikadze against Cub Swanson.
Besides that Chikadze has the reach advantage over Swanson and he is a big guy for the division. Cub Swanson, on the other hand, is not one of the best strikers at 145. He is durable and has a gas tank to fight a high-paced three-round fight.
But, Swanson was in a tough position in his last fight against Pineda after those leg kicks in the first round. Though Swanson made a comeback and got the win had Pineda not slowed down we would have seen a different fight. Swanson has the power to knock out guys at featherweight but he is not as skilled as Chikadze in striking.
Swanson might go for takedowns and try to find submission on the ground but CHikadze has shown good takedown defense. He is a tall guy in the division and that makes it more difficult to take him down.
There is a possibility that Swanson will out tough Chikadze and land a KO punch to secure the victory at UFC Vegas 25. However, if we match skills vs skills and consider the momentum of both fighters in the division, Chikadze should get the job done at UFC Vegas 25.
It’s unlikely that there will be a KO from Chikadze. But, he should manage to get a decision win over Cub Swanson.
UFC Vegas 25 Prediction: Cub Swanson vs Giga Chikadze: Giga Chikadze by decision