Merab Dvalishvili

Merab Dvalishvili (born January 10, 1991) is a Georgian professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the UFC's bantamweight division. As of September 27, 2021, he is #6 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.[5]

Merab Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili at UFN 136 in Moscow.jpg
Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow, September 2018
Born (1991-01-10) January 10, 1991 (age 31)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Other namesThe Machine
NationalityGeorgian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight
Reach68[1] in (173 cm)
StyleSambo[2]
Fighting out ofLong Island, New York, United States[3]
TeamSerra-Longo Fight Team (2013–present)[4]
TrainerRay Longo and Matt Serra[3]
RankBlack belt in Judo[2]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins14
By knockout3
By submission1
By decision10
Losses4
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Representing  Georgia
Men's Combat Sambo
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2019 Cheongju 68 kg

BackgroundEdit

Dvalishvili grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia. He started training in qartuli chidaoba (traditional wrestling) and khridoli (transitional fighting), Sambo and judo when he was young for self-defense and moved to the United States when he was 21 years old to become a professional MMA fighter. He trains under Ray Longo and Matt Serra.[3]

In 2019, Dvalishvili finished second in the Sambo World Championships in South Korea. Dvalishvili competed in combat sambo at 68 kilograms and lost in the finals to Russia's Stepan Kobenov.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Dvalishvili started his MMA career in 2014 and fought under various promotions namely the Ring of Combat. He amassed a record of 7–2 prior to competing in the UFC.[7]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Dvalishvili made his UFC debut on December 9, 2017 against Frankie Saenz at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega.[8] He lost the fight via split decision.[9]

His next fight came on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee against Ricky Simón. He lost the fight via technical submission at the final bell.[10] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[11] Dvalishvili's team appealed the result on the grounds that he was not unconscious at the end of the round, but the appeal was denied.[12]

Dvalishvili faced Terrion Ware on September 15, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Dvalishvili faced Brad Katona on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Dvalishvili faced Casey Kenney on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 167.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Dvalishvili was scheduled to face Ray Borg on June 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo.[19] However, on June 11, 2020 it was reported that Borg withdrew from the bout and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Gustavo Lopez in a catchweight bout of 140 pounds.[20] Dvalishvili was victorious via unanimous decision.[21]

Dvalishvili faced John Dodson on August 15, 2020 at UFC 252.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Dvalishvili was expected to face Cody Stamann on December 5, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 19.[24] However on October 22, it was announced that Stamann pulled out due to undisclosed reasons,[25] and he was replaced by Raoni Barcelos.[26] However, Barcelos was removed from the contest due to a medical suspension related to his latest bout on November 7.[27] The bout between Dvalishvili and Stamann was reschedule for UFC Fight Night 184 on February 6, 2021.[28] In turn, in mid January, Dvalishvili was forced to pull out from the bout due to the struggle of the after-effects of a COVID-19 complication, and he was replaced by Andre Ewell.[29] After a positive test for COVID-19, Ewell was pulled from the event and replaced by promotional newcomer Askar Askar, with the contest expected to take place at featherweight.[30][31] On the day of the event, Askar was not medically cleared and the bout was cancelled.[32] The bout between Dvalishvili and Stamann was re-scheduled again to May 1, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Procházka.[33] Dvalishvili won the bout via unanimous decision.[34]

Dvalishvili faced Marlon Moraes on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266.[35] After being knocked down and nearly finished in the first round, Dvalishvili rallied and won the fight via TKO in round two. [36] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[37]

Dvalishvili is scheduled to face former UFC Featherweight champion José Aldo on August 20, 2022 at UFC 278. [38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 14 wins 4 losses
By knockout 3 0
By submission 1 1
By decision 10 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–4 Marlon Moraes TKO (punches) UFC 266 25 September 2021 2 4:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–4 Cody Stamann Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Procházka 1 May 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 John Dodson Decision (unanimous) UFC 252 15 August 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Gustavo Lopez Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo 13 June 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout.
Win 10–4 Casey Kenney Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Błachowicz 2 15 February 2020 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 9–4 Brad Katona Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy 4 May 2019 3 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Win 8–4 Terrion Ware Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik 15 September 2018 3 5:00 Moscow, Russia
Loss 7–4 Ricky Simón Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee 21 April 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 7–3 Frankie Saenz Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega 9 December 2017 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 7–2 Raufeon Stots KO (spinning backfist) Ring of Combat 59 2 June 2017 1 0:15 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship.
Win 6–2 Sukhrob Aydarbekov Submission (armbar) Ring of Combat 58 24 February 2017 2 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won the vacant Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–2 Tony Gravely Decision (split) Ring of Combat 57 18 November 2016 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–2 Paul Grant Decision (unanimous) Ring of Combat 56 23 September 2016 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 3–2 Matt Tullos Decision (unanimous) CES MMA 36 10 June 2016 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 2–2 Geoffrey Then Decision (unanimous) CES MMA 34 1 April 2016 3 5:00 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Loss 1–2 Ricky Bandejas Decision (unanimous) CFFC 43 1 November 2014 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–1 Dennis Dombrow TKO (punches) Ring of Combat 49 19 September 2014 3 0:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 0–1 Darren Mima Decision (majority) Ring of Combat 47 24 January 2014 3 4:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bantamweight debut.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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