The debate over the new contender to fight for the belt against winner Aljamin Sterling and Henry Cejudo had a strong argument in Merab Dvalishvili’s favor on Saturday night (11). Georgiano dominated the previous division champion for five rounds, at UFC Fight Night, in Las Vegas (USA), in bantamweight (up to 61 kg). He did not pay attention to Peter Yan when he went to hit his opponent and tired him out. The fighter achieved second place in the standings and achieved his ninth consecutive victory in the organization.
Marab, who is training with Aljamain Sterling, showed respect for his teammate, but said he wanted to be a divisional champion. The Russian-ruined Georgian also called for peace to end the war between Ukraine and Russia.
– I am against war. Save Ukraine and Georgia. Glory to freedom and please stop the war. I am against this war, – said the fighter still in the octagon.
The Georgian searched for the Russian’s legs to take him down and force a grapple, but Yan countered to keep the fight standing. Marab, in contrast, pinned jabs and punished the opponent’s leg to control the fight. A monologue by Dvalishvili, in both hitting and grappling, punished the Russian’s eye, which began to swell. At all times he tried to take away, but he always hit the Russian’s body and face. She does justice to “The Machine” fur, for being so indefatigable, intense and dominant in her 25 minutes.
In the heavyweight division, Volkov knocked out Romanov, in the co-main event. The Moldovan tried to take the mounting fight, but Volkov ran over an opponent who was overweight and in physical form far below expectations. Complete proficiency in the Russian language should rise in the ranking.
The fight that was supposed to take place on February 25, as the main event, finally took place that night and Krylov defeated Spahn. The Ukrainian, who felt ill and caused the fight to be postponed, survived an intense first round. The American got a big hit and went for it by a landslide. Nikita used grappling to wear down his opponent and contain the finishing blow. In the struggle for the position, the Ukrainian turned around and made a triangle installation with his legs to strangle Spahn until he surrendered.
Another highlight was the debut of Brazil’s Vitor Petrino, who started by catching Torcalj and leading him into a tough match. At the end of the first round, he ended up taking a knee in the lower parts and the fight was stopped. The Brazilian put up a series of right hands at the end of the round and the opponent had to clinch to the end. In the second round, the Brazilian striker would run through the Swede’s goalkeeper and hit him hard. Torcalj found movements that made Petrino tired. He was still choking, but no one seemed to want to give up. Faced with many volatility and resistance test of both. The Brazilian landed a suplex and rolled the Swede in the air before pinning him to the ground. A defining moment for the rookie in the victory of the night.
Check out all UFC results:
March 11, 2023, in Las Vegas (USA)
Main card (20 hours, from Brasilia):
Merab Dvishvili won Peter Yan by unanimous decision (50-45 x 3)
Alexander Volkov defeated Alexander Romanov via TKO at 2:16 from R1
Nikita Krylov defeats Ryan Spann via submission at 3:38 of R1
Jonathan Martinez defeats Said Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Mario Bautista defeated Guido Canetti via submission at 3:18 of the first round
Vitor Petrino defeated Anton Tercalj via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary card (5 pm in Brasilia):
Carl Williams won Lukasz Brzeski via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Davey Grant defeated Rafael Assuncao via submission at 4:43 from R3
Josh Framed defeats Cedriques Dumas via submission at 3:00 from R2
Victor Henry defeats Tony Gravley via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Arian Lipsky defeats JJ Aldrich via unanimous decision (30-27 30-27)
Bruno Bolduginho defeated Tyson Nam via submission at 1 minute 23 of the second round
Carlston Harris defeated Jared Godin via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
“Evil analyst. Explorer. Problem solver. Hardcore zombieaholic. Coffee fan. Writer. Bacon aficionado. Friendly reader.”