Merab Dvalishvili
The Machine


Taking on Marlon Moraes at UFC 266
June 15, 2021
Dvalishvili is scheduled to face Marlin Moraes (shoulder) in a bantamweight fight Sept. 25 at UFC 266, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of report.
Dvalishvili (13-4-0) will put a six-fight winning streak on the line in September when he faces Moraes (23-8-1), who dropped his last two bouts before undergoing shoulder surgery in January. The 30-year-old Georgian first emerged as one of the up-and-coming fighters in the bantamweight ranks last summer, when he set a division record with 13 takedowns in his victory over Gustavo Lopez.
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Again dominates with wrestling
May 1, 2021
Dvalishvili defeated Cody Stamann via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's Merab's sixth straight victory dating back to September 2018. He landed five successful takedowns in this fight, marking the seventh time in eight UFC bouts that Dvalisvili has landed at least that many. Stamann was game, but Merab is simply on a different level. His cardio is not only the best in the division, but one of the very best in the sport. The guy simply doesn't get tired. It's a massive edge in a three-round fight and would figure to be a monumental advantage if/when Dvalishvili finds himself in a main event or title bout. Merab asked for Dominick Cruz in his post-fight interview. It's not the worst idea in the world. If he doesn't get Cruz, it will be another big name.
Re-booked vs. Stamann
March 10, 2021
Dvalishvili (illness) and Cody Stamann have been booked for UFC Fight Night on May 1, reports.
Dvalishvili and Stamann will hope to have this third rescheduling of their bantamweight bout stick. The two were most recently meant to face off Feb. 6, but Dvalishvili had to be scratched from the card due to issues relating to COVID-19.
Out of Feb. 6 fight
January 15, 2021
Dvalishvili has been scratched from the Feb. 6 card versus Cody Stamann, Cole Shelton of reports.
Dvalishvili reportedly hoped to get the fight moved back because he was dealing with some COVID-19 issues. Stamann wanted to keep it on that date and is now set to fight Andre Ewell instead. It's unclear exactly when Dvalishvili will next step into the Octagon at this point.
Stamman fight rescheduled
January 9, 2021
Dvalishvili will take on Cody Stamann on Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The pair had initially been set to square off on Dec. 5 before Stamman was forced to withdraw. Dvalishvili was then expected to fight Raoni Barcelos on that date, but Barcelos withdrew as well. The matchup could run into more difficulties, however, as Dvalishvili has asked the UFC to postpone the fight as he works his way back from COVID-19.
No longer facing Barcelos
November 19, 2020
Dvalishvili won't face Raoni Barcelos in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 after Barcelos was removed from the card Thursday, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
Dvalishvili has now had two opponents withdraw from the matchup on Dec. 5. Barcelos was removed from the card due to an issue regarding a suspension from his most recent fight in early November. The promotion will now likely search for a new opponent ahead of the Dec. 5 fight.