Christos Giagos
The Spartan

USA

Crushed by Arman Tsarukyan
LightweightUFC
September 18, 2021
Giagos lost to Arman Tsarukyan via TKO (punches) at 2:09 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Entering as a +610 underdog, the largest on the card, Giagos appeared to have no chance against Tsarukyan and that turned out to be exactly the case. Giagos had been knocked out just once in 27 professional fights prior to Saturday, but Tsarukyan tuned him up quickly. There isn't much to breakdown here from a technical perspective. Giagos, who is now 5-5 in the UFC, is valuable roster depth for a company which holds an event most every week, but Tsarukyan looks like a legitimate title contender at 155 pounds and the gap between the two was noticeable. We should see Giagos back in the octagon in fairly short order.
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Squaring off with Tsarukyan
LightweightUFC
August 10, 2021
Giagos will take on Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Giagos will be coming into this bout having submitted Sean Soriano back in May. That came after he defeated Carlton Minus by unanimous decision back in December. Tsarukyan has won his last three bouts under the UFC banner.
Grappling edge leads to win
LightweightUFC
May 15, 2021
Giagos defeated Sean Soriano via submission (D'arce choke) at 1:01 of Round 2 at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
This one didn't come easy for Giagos despite him entering as one of the biggest favorites on the card at -225. He was in legitimate trouble on the feet for a good portion of Round 1, but his massive edge on the mat ultimately scored him the victory. Giagos landed multiple successful takedowns, in addition to clamping on the D'arce choke that won him the fight. All in all, his efforts ended up earning him a $75,000 Performance of the Night bonus (up from $50,000). Giagos has quietly racked up a 4-1 mark in his past five fights dating back to December 2018, and he should get a bit better opponent his next time out.
Gets new opponent
LightweightUFC
May 6, 2021
Giagos will now take on Sean Soriano in a lightweight bout at UFC 262, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Giagos' original opponent, Joel Alvarez, had to withdraw due to Visa issues. His new opponent, Soriano, will be making his first appearance in the UFC since 2015. He is 5-1 over his past six fights in other leagues, however. Giagos bounced back from his own long layoff back in December when he defeated Carlton Minus by unanimous decision.
Will fight Alvarez at UFC 262
LightweightUFC
March 11, 2021
Giagos (eye) is slated to face Joel Alvarez at UFC 262 on May 15, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Giagos has been on a medical suspension since suffering a left corneal abrasion in his voctory over Carlton Minus in December. However, this fight indicates he has recovered from the issue. He will enter the bout having won three of his previous four fights. His opponent, Alvarez, is riding a three match winning streak.
Dealing with eye issue
LightweightUFC
December 22, 2020
Giagos was handed a 180-day medical suspension Tuesday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Giagos suffered a left corneal abrasion while beating Carlton Minus on Saturday. He could return before 180 days are up if cleared by a doctor.