Christos Giagos
The Spartan

USA

Drops brawl to Drakkar Klose
LightweightUFC
August 17, 2019
Giagos lost to Drakkar Klose via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Giagos is ridiculously tough and may very well earn a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his effort. He ate a good half dozen shots from Klose that would have felled any mere mortal. Giagos kept throwing bombs throughout the course of the 15-minute bout despite the fact he was clearly running on fumes for the final five-plus minutes. Giagos will never be labeled as the world's most technical fighter, but he has some power and he's exceedingly durable. The 29-year-old is now 2-2 in his first four UFC bouts.
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Draws Drakkar Klose at UFC 241
LightweightUFC
July 25, 2019
Giagos will take on Drakkar Klose in a lightweight matchup at UFC 241 on Aug. 17, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Giagos enters this matchup on the heels of a two-fight winning streak where he accumulated a combined 11 takedowns. Grappling points won't come as easy against Klose, however, who owns a 70 percent takedown defense through five UFC fights. Giagos will enter as the younger fighter with largely inconsequential advantages in both height and reach. Klose will hold the edge in striking, though, accumulating more than a full significant strike greater per minute than his opponent.
Uses wrestling to secure victory
LightweightUFC
June 1, 2019
Giagos defeated Damir Hadzovic via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Giagos used body kicks and takedowns beautifully to establish a lead in Round 1 before making an adjustment to continuously land an uppercut when Hadzovic dipped to avoid strikes. It can be said that Giagos sometimes wrestles to the point of exhaustion, as he spent the entire third round on his back but had built up a big enough lead to make it stick. Despite that flaw, Giagos seems like a good, athletic kickboxer who can grapple when he needs to, which will make him an interesting fighter to watch going forward. He improves to 17-7 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Back in win column in Australia
LightweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Giagos defeated Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
There's nothing like a fight with the 37-year-old Hirota to get you back in the UFC win column. Much like his opponent, Giagos has proven to be thoroughly mediocre throughout two stints with the company. He did just enough on Saturday to likely save his job on the strength of five takedowns, but Giagos remains nothing more than roster depth. All told, Giagos is now 2-5 in five fights under the UFC banner.
Returns to UFC with loss to Charles Oliveira
LightweightUFC
September 22, 2018
Giagos lost to Charles Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:22 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Giagos had been out of the UFC since June 2015 for a reason. In all seriousness though, there was nothing in his background that would lead you to believe that he could compete against a stud like Oliveira and agreeing to take this fight (and loss) will likely earn the 28-year-old another shot with the company. Giagos hung around for the better part of two rounds, but once Oliveira got him to the mat, it was all over. Giagos was 4-1 in his last five fights on the regional circuit prior to Saturday.
To fight at UFC Sao Paulo
LightweightUFC
August 28, 2018
Giagos is slated to fight Charles Oliveira at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Although Giagos has been away from the UFC since June of 2015, he's managed to stay sharp while fighting in the ACB, where he posted a 2-1 record. He appears likely to enter as a betting underdog against Oliveira, a submission specialist that has been active in the UFC since 2010.