It is difficult to find any objections to Giga Chikadze's performance in the biggest fight of his career so far. From the first second, he started to fight as he needed against Edson Barboza. He put pressure on him, slowly did more and more damage, and ended the fight in the third round.
With an impressive performance, he added a bonus of 50 thousand dollars for the best "performance" to the biggest victory of his career. It is the third such bonus in a row for a 33-year fight from Georgia. Although Ricky Turcios and Brady Hiestand could rightly hope for a bonus to fight tonight, Dana White once again did not decide to award it but opted for three more bonuses like the one that belonged to Chikadze.
The first of them is Abdul Razak Alhassan, a fighter who managed to come back after three defeats in a row. He used the chance the UFC gave him in the best possible way. After only 17 seconds, he kicked Alessi Di Chirico in the head.
This is the fifth UFC knockout victory in the first round and the third bonus for this fighter. The biggest outsider on the program was Gerald Meerschaert, and in the end, he goes home with two awards. The first is of course the win over Makhmud Muradov, where he went through big problems in the first round, then the second closed with the choke and came to his eighth UFC win and fourth performance bonus.
It remains to list another bonus, and that went to Pat Sabatini. He found himself in a 50-50 position with his opponent during the first round of the fight against Jamal Emmers. In short, they took each other’s leg and it was a question of who would be faster.
It was Sabatini who managed to get his second victory in his second UFC appearance and of course his first bonus. That $ 50,000 could comfort him after he showed sympathy for his apparently seriously injured opponent. In the end, we can say that UFC on ESPN 30 was another show full of great moves and fights.
We can be satisfied with what we saw, and it was noticeable that most of the fighters were maximally ready and in the right shape, but still, some were unlucky and some were simply not good enough. Chikadze really showed once again that he is a top fighter and that he will have a great career in the future.