A pair of top-10 ranked featherweights will be on the marquee for this week’s UFC Fight Night, which is The Ultimate Fighter season 29 finale as well. In the main event, Edson Barboza will be colliding with Giga Chikadze as both men look to make a jump in the division.
UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze is happening on August 28 at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the prelims beginning at 7 p.m. ET. In the main event, the Barboza vs Chikadze odds have the higher-ranked Edson as the favorite.
The No. 9-ranked Barboza dropped four of five fights at lightweight before dropping down to featherweight. He’s 2-1 in his new weight class and enters this bout with back-to-back wins, coming off an impressive knockout victory in his last outing in May.
All Chikadze has done in the UFC is win. The No. 10-ranked featherweight made his debut in September 2019 and in six walks to the Octagon, he’s 6-0 on the heels of back-to-back knockout wins.
Barboza vs Chikadze Odds
Online sportsbook Bovada has the Barboza vs Chikadze odds, with Edson listed as the -115 favorite and Giga the -105 underdog. This means to profit $100 with a Barboza win, you need to wager $115, while a $105 winning bet on Chikadze would net you $100.
Additionally, our sports betting calculator tells us that the -115 line for Barboza represents an implied win probability of 53.49 percent and Chikadze’s odds have an implied win probability of 51.22 percent.
The largest favorite of the UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Chikadze card comes in the opening fight of the main card with Makhmud Muradov (-575) favored over Gerald Meerschaert (+390). The tightest betting line, outside of the main event, comes in the middleweight prelim fight with Wellington Turman (-140) the betting favorite and Sam Alvey (+115) the underdog.
Barboza vs Chikadze Betting Odds & Fight Card
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Edson Barboza vs Giga Chikadze Odds & Prediction
As mentioned off the top, Giga “Ninja” Chikadze (-105) has won six in a row in the UFC but his winning streak extends to two previous fights for eight straight. Meanwhile, Edson “Junior” Barboza (-115) appears to finally have his footing in his new weight class with consecutive wins for the first time in four years.
Prediction: Giga Chikadze (-105) via decision
Bryan Battle vs Gilbert Urbina Odds & Prediction
In the TUF 29 middleweight final, Bryan “Pooh Bear” Battle (-165) takes on Gilbert Urbina (+135). Urbina actually lost to Tresean Gore in the semifinals but Gore suffered an injury and is out of this fight. Battle, on the other hand, earned his spot in the final with a submission win in the semis.
Prediction: Bryan Battle (-165) via decision
Ricky Turcios vs Brady Hiestand Odds & Prediction
The other final for The Ultimate Fighter season 29 is in the bantamweight division. Brady “Bam Bam” Hiestand (+135) is a young prospect with a bright future and will be in the organization win, lose or draw, in my opinion. As for Ricky “Pretty Ricky” Turcios (-165), he’s been on the UFC’s radar for a while, having a DWTNCS appearance in the very first episode.
Prediction: Brady Hiestand (+135) via decision
Kevin Lee vs Daniel Rodriguez Odds & Prediction
It was a rough 2020 for Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee (-150), who tore the ACL in both knees, the first in his loss to current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and the second during his rehab. Looking to slap a second straight loss on Lee’s record is Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez (+125), who has won his last two outings.
Prediction: Kevin Lee (-150) via decision
Andre Petroski vs Micheal Gillmore Odds & Prediction
These fighters appeared in this season of The Ultimate Fighter but failed to make the final. Andre Petroski (-550) was Brian Ortega’s first middleweight pick and lost in the semifinal, while Micheal “The Gentleman” Gillmore (+380) was an injury replacement and lost in the quarterfinals.
Prediction: Andre Petroski (-550) via submission
Makhmud Muradov vs Gerald Meerschaert Odds & Prediction
Looking to remain undefeated in the Octagon by winning a fourth fight in a row in the UFC is Makhmud “Mach” Muradov (-575), who has a 14-fight winning streak dating back to 2017. Meanwhile, Gerald “GM3” Meerschaert (+390) snapped his two-fight losing skid with a submission win earlier this year.
Prediction: Makhmud Muradov (-575) via knockout
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