Merab Dvalishvili

The Machine

Georgia

Epic comeback in legendary win
BantamweightUFC
September 25, 2021
Dvalishvili defeated Marlon Moraes via TKO (punches) at 4:25 of Round 2 at UFC 266 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an epic comeback from Merab and arguably his most impressive performance to date. Dvalishvili had been blowing through guys on the strength of his elite wrestling game, but this victory was all about survival. It looked bleak in the early going, as Moraes did whatever he wanted on the feet and appeared to have Merab stopped. Referee Keith Peterson would have been well within his rights to stop the fight, and no one would have second-guessed his decision. He allowed Dvalishvili to continue, however, and Moraes emptied the gas tank in search of the finish that never came. Merab proceeded to fire off 170-plus unanswered strikes the rest of the way before Peterson finally pulled the plug. Dvalishvili's nickname is "The Machine," and he more than earned his moniker on Saturday. Merab needs to clean up his striking because he won't survive the assault he absorbed in this one every time out, but his stock definitely increased after this effort. The come-from-behind effort will also earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
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Taking on Marlon Moraes at UFC 266
BantamweightUFC
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 MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
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.
Again dominates with wrestling
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
March 10, 2021
Dvalishvili (illness) and Cody Stamann have been booked for UFC Fight Night on May 1, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
January 15, 2021
Dvalishvili has been scratched from the Feb. 6 card versus Cody Stamann, Cole Shelton of bjpenn.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
January 9, 2021
Dvalishvili will take on Cody Stamann on Feb. 6, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
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.