Taking main event from the UFC Apex facility, a featherweight showdown between kickboxing standouts, the #9 ranked, Edson Barboza and promotional-perfect contender, the #10 rated, Giga Chikadze.
In the midst of a two-fight winning run from three outings at the featherweight limit, Nova Friburgo striking veteran, Barboza returns for the second time this year following a UFC 262 battle against Shane Burgos back in May — in which the Brazilian landed a peculiar third round knockout victory after an incredible back-and-forth Fight of the Night bout.
The victory marked former lightweight top-10 mainstay, Barboza’s second straight success following a prior ‘Fight Island’ unanimous decision win against Makwan Amirkhani last October.
For Georgian kickboxing ace, Chikadze — the Kings MMA staple has scored an eye-catching six consecutive victories in the UFC since his bow under the banner back in September 2019.
The former GLORY Kickboxing standout last featured in a co-headining slot against division veteran, Cub Swanson back in May at UFC Vegas 25 — stopping the Californian with a vicious first round liver kick.
UFC Vegas 35 Results:
Main Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 10 p.m. ET)
Featherweight: Giga Chikadze def. Edson Barboza via third round (1:44) TKO (ground strikes)
Middleweight: Bryan Battle def. Gilbert Urbina via second round (2:15) submission (rear-naked choke)
Bantamweight: Ricky Turcious def. Brady Hiestand via split decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Daniel Rodriguez def. Kevin Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Middleweight: Andre Petroski def. Michael Gillmore via third round (3:13) TKO (ground strikes)
Middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert def. Makhmud Muradov via second round (1:49) submission (rear-naked choke)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Alessio Di Chirico via first round (0:17) KO (high-kick)
Middleweight: Wellington Turman def. Sam Alvey via split decision (28-27, 27-28, 28-27)
Light Heavyweight: Dustin Jacoby def. Darren Stewart via first round (3:04) TKO (strikes)
Flyweight: JJ Aldrich def. Vanessa Demopoulos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-37)
Featherweight: Pat Sabatini def. Jamall Emmers via first round (1:53) submission (heel hook)
Catchweight (140lbs): Mana Martinez def. Guido Cannetti via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)