Merab Dvalishvili

Merab Dvalishvili Net Worth 2024: Record, Height, Ranking & Age

Who is Merab Dvalishvili?

Merab Dvalishvili is raring to go at Henry Cejudo at UFC 298. The fighter has proven himself a force to be reckoned with, boasting a professional record of 16-4. More interestingly, 'The Machine' hasn't lost a single fight since 2018 where he last lost against Ricky Simon to a guillotine choke.

Since then, Dvalishvili has climbed the ranks defeating the likes of former champion Jose Aldo as well as Petr Yan. Now, Cejudo could be the next win on the list or the first loss in over four years. Today, Dvalishvilli has made a name for himself fighting in the UFC making it clear that his humble beginnings were merely the pulling of a bowstring that shot the arrow slicing through the bantamweight division.

Merab Dvalishvili’s early life

Merab Dvalishvilli was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He started off learning the traditional wrestling style along with Sambo and Judo. The 33-year-old had a difficult start once he moved to the United States of America at the age of 21. He would then start training alongside the likes of Ray Longo.

Standing tall at 5 feet 6 inches, he currently stands at #2 in the bantamweight division and has come from a long line of wins. Interestingly, he collected 7 wins and 2 losses before even entering the UFC and lost his first two fights as soon as he did. However, once 'The Machine' found his footing, he became unstoppable.

His parents, Amiran and Darejan Dvalishvili have been absolute pillars for 'The Machine' for his MMA career. He's been through considerable hardships to arrive at where he is today. Of course, they couldn't be prouder. “Sometimes, I look at my boy and think about how quickly the years have passed. It’s true that he grew up and has changed, but the stubbornness that ran in his blood has not disappeared. I think this strong character helped him succeed,” his father noted about him.

Merab Dvalishvilli's wife and children

'The Machine' is often seen working hard at Longo and Weidman MMA but never really with a partner made public. Dvalishvili has no wife or children. In fact, when he came to the U.S. he didn't even speak much English to begin with. According to him, he read the language from children's books and brochures just to master the language.

All the while, he worked construction jobs just so he could continue training and make ends meet. It's suffice to say that maybe he's not had entirely too much time to get into relationships. But if he has, he's chosen to not make any of those details public.

Merab Dvalishvili’s net worth 2024

Dvalishvili is a fighter that's won 9 fights in a row in the UFC. For his next bout at UFC 298, he's reported to get paid about $111,000 and earned over $200,000 when he fought Jose Aldo. He made over $25,000 when he took down John Dodson.

His net worth, going forward can hence be calculated at around $ 2 million approximately. It has previously been recorded at around $1.8 million which wouldn't be way off but after his fight against Petr Yan, certainly his earnings must've shot off.

Merab Dvalishvili’s career timeline

Dvalishvili started his professional fighting career at Ring of Combat where he lost to Darren Mima in 2014. This was his first recorded professional fight. In the same year, he would defeat Dennis Dombrow. 'The Machine' would soon fight against Ricky Bandejas just two months after his win.

Collecting his second career loss against Bandejas did nothing to deter him. He would go on to collect six wins in a row in Ring of Combat and CES MMA. It was then in 2017 that he joined the UFC and faced his third career loss against Ricky Simon.

Then a brilliant undefeated winning streak would continue that was only interrupted by Stepan Kobenov at the 2019 Combat Sambo World Championships. But that does not count towards his MMA record, so the only recent loss in his MMA career was against Kevin Dantzler at Fury Pro Grappling 2. Now, he looks forward to defeating Cejudo at UFC 298.

Merab Dvalishvili’s partnerships and endorsements

Merab Dvalishvili has previously acted as an ambassador for Flash Motors, a brand that was promoting their hyper electric scooter, the Infinity X, earlier this year. He is also backed by GA Logistics LLC and is often seen wearing their combat-wear threads.

Dvalishvili has his own e-commerce store as well which he was able to open up in a collaboration with Athlete Studio. A brilliant source of income, Dvalishvili clearly has an interesting backup supporting his activities as he tries to make it in the cage.

Merab Dvalishvili’s career stats

As mentioned before, 'The Machine' stands at a height of 5 feet and 6 inches. His current professional MMA record is 16-4-0. The fighter has lost recently in a Sambo tournament but that can't count in terms of MMA. The last time he weighed in, his weight was recorded at 134.5 pounds.

Dvalishvili is currently on a 9-win streak in the UFC and is #2 in his rankings in the bantamweight division bested only by Aljamain Sterling and the champion himself, Sean O'Malley. He fights out of Garden City, New York where he's been training with Longo and Weidman MMA for years now.

Merab Dvalishvili’s major achievements and awards

Merab Dvalishvili has collected much more than just wins over the past few years of his MMA career. From the performance of the night bonus against Marlon Moraes at UFC 266 to the fight of the night bonus against Ricky Simón at Fight Night 128. He also holds the record for most unanimous decision wins in the bantamweight division at 7.

He has a more interesting record in the bantamweight division history with the second longest win streak at 8 wins, most landed takedowns at 61, and the second most total strikes landed at 1569. He's also tied with Demetrious Johnson at fourth place for most takedowns landed in UFC history. He also holds the record for most attempted takedowns at 49 when he fought and defeated Petr Yan.

Merab Dvalishvili’s titles

In his eighth career fight, Dvalishvili managed to secure the vacant bantamweight title at Ring of Combat. He defeated his opponent, Sukhrob Aydarbekov at ROC 58 by submitting him for good in the second round of the fight. He also defended his title one time successfully.

He won the title defense by taking down Raufeon Slots at Ring of Combat 59 by delivering a devastating spinning back fist. The first-round KO ensured that he would remain champion for good. Soon, he would abandon the promotion and join the UFC instead.

Merab Dvalishvili’s social media accounts

Here are all of Dvalishvili's social media accounts: Instagram, X, and Facebook.

 

Personal Information:
Full Name Merab Dvalishvili
Popular Name'The Machine'
Date Of BirthJanuary 10, 1991
Birth PlaceTbilisi, Georgia
Age33
Height5'6 (168 cm)
Weight134.5 pounds (last recorded)
ParentsAmiran and Darejan Dvalishvili
SiblingsUnknown
NationalityGeorgian
EthnicityGeorgian
Net Worth$2 million (approximately, 2024)
Salary$200,000 (approximately)
SpouseNone
Relationship/Marital StatusUnknown
ChildrenNone
ProfessionMMA Fighter
Team-
TitlesFormer Ring of Combat Bantamweight champion

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