Merab Dvalishvili
The Machine

Georgia

Out
Injury Illness
Est. Return 3/6/2021
Out of Feb. 6 fight
BantamweightUFC
Out
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.
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Stamman fight rescheduled
BantamweightUFC
Out
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.
No longer facing Barcelos
BantamweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Now facing Raoni Barcelos
BantamweightUFC
Out
November 13, 2020
Dvalishvili will take on Raoni Barcelos in Las Vegas on Dec. 5, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dvalishvili had originally been set to face Cody Stamann on that same card, but Stamman was forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. The Georgian will now be looking to extend his winning streak to six against an opponent who is also looking for his sixth straight UFC victory.
Fight with Stamann off
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 22, 2020
Dvalishvili will no longer fight Cody Stamann at the UFC even Dec. 5, Giorgi Kokiashvili of Adjara Sport reports (via Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports).
ANALYSIS
Stamann tested positive for COVID-19, so he was forced to withdraw. It's not clear if the UFC will try to reschedule this fight or they will give Dvalishvili a new opponent. "The Machine" las fought back in August against John Dodson when he took the win via unanimous decision.
May fight Stamann on Dec. 5
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 23, 2020
The UFC is targeting a fight between Dvalishvili and Cody Stamann on Dec.5, Greg Rosenstein of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
It's reported that the UFC is in the works of placing the Georgian against Stamann on an ESPN+ Fight Night on Dec. 5 although no official word confirming the fight has surfaced. If the matchup does indeed take place, Dvalishvili will be coming off a strong decision win over John Dodson at UFC 252 while Stamann will look to bounce back from a loss suffered to Jimmie Rivera this past July.