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UFC on ESPN 23: Swanson vs Chikadze 05/01/2021 Previews, Spread and Fight Analysis

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UFC on ESPN 23 Swanson vs Chikadze 05-01-2021 Previews Spread and Fight Analysis

UFC on ESPN 23: Swanson vs Chikadze 05/01/2021 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship has raised the bar by holding their first sold-out crowd during their last event. They intend to follow it up with UFC on ESPN 23 this coming Saturday, May 1 inside the closed doors of the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans can enjoy the matches at home by subscribing to Pay Per View or UFC Fight Pass. The biggest draw will be the fast-rising Jiri Prochazka trying to earn a quick title fight by taking on Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight matchup. Co-headlining them is a featherweight bout between Giga Chikadze and Cub Swanson. According to UFC betting odds, Cub Swanson is going to be the underdog fighter against Giga Chikadze.

UFC on ESPN 23: Swanson vs Chikadze 05/01/2021

When: Saturday, May 1, 10:00 PM ET
Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC on ESPN 23: Swanson vs Chikadze 05/01/2021 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Cub Swanson
+145
Giga Chikadze -165

Main Card

Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson is a veteran fighter that carries a ring name of the “Killer” whenever he steps inside the cage. He hails from Palm Spring, California in the USA and trains at the UFC Gym Costa Mesa. Swanson is already a 37-year-old athlete that stands at five-foot-eight. His professional fighting record is now at 27-11 with those wins divided to 12 knockouts, 11 decisions, and four submissions. After losing four consecutive matches, Swanson is now on back-to-back wins. The first was against Kron Gracie in UFC Fight Night 161 while the most recent was a knockout victory over Daniel Pineda in UFC 256 just this December 2020.

Giga Chikadze

Giga Chikadze is a 32-year-old fighter and he came all the way from the land of Tbilisi, Georgia. His height is six feet and gets his skills sharpened at the Kings MMA fight team which he also represents. Chikadze is known inside the MMA cage as the “Ninja” and his professional fighting record is currently at 12-2. Seven of those victories came from knockouts while also owning four decisions and one submission. Heading to this matchup, he has been undefeated in five matches in the UFC and currently ranked 14th in the stacked featherweight division. His last win came from James Krause-Simmons just this November 2020 in UFC on ESPN 17 and that match ended in a first-round TKO. 

Swanson vs Chikadze Betting Numbers

Swanson
Chikadze
Record 27-11-0 12-2-0
Last Fight Win Win
Country USA Georgia
Height 6’0″ 5’8″
Weight (lbs) 145 145
Reach (in) 74 70
Win by KO/TKO 44% 58%
Win by Submission 15% 8%
Decisions 41% 33%
Strikes landed per minute 3.45 4.64
Striking accuracy 43% 50%
Striking absorbed per minute 2.65 3.64
Striking defense 60% 60%
Takedown average 0.38 1.09
Takedown accuracy 33% 51%
Takedown defense 68% 60%
Submission average 0.00 0.50

Swanson vs Chikadze Betting Picks

This is going to be a very interesting match and it is seen by the top fighting bookmaker that Giga Chikadze will extend his unblemished UFC record to six. Expect him to knock out Jiri Prochazka in the middle of the second round.