Undefeated in six octagon appearances, Giga Chikadze has his first UFC headlining opportunity.
MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that Chikadze (13-2) will face veteran contender Edson Barboza (22-9) in a featherweight bout that will serve as the main event of a UFC Fight Night on Aug. 28. The bout was first reported by ESPN.
A location for the Aug. 28 UFC show is still to be announced.
Barboza headlines a UFC card for a third time, his first since a lightweight bout against Justin Gaethje at a UFC on ESPN show in March 2019. The Brazilian star would later drop down to featherweight, where he is 2-1 with back-to-back victories over Shane Burgos and Makwan Amirkhani. Overall, Barboza sports a 16-9 UFC record.
Chikadze has defeated all six of his UFC opponents to date. He went 4-0 in 2020 and is coming off of consecutive first-round TKOs of Cub Swanson and Jamey Simmons. He has not lost since a failed Contender Series bid in June 2018.
Alexander K. Lee contributed to this report.