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MMA News Round-Up: Dana White Warns Merab Dvalishvili, Glover Teixeira Return and More

Published 03/13/2023, 7:53 AM EDT

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With the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 221, there were quite some verbal exchanges going on in the world of MMA. From the UFC supremo, Dana White, to the retired former UFC champion, Glover Teixeira, many had a lot to say, which came out as exciting news for MMA fans. In this edition of the MMA news roundup, we will bring you some of the noted incidents (mostly verbal) of the MMA world from the last 24 hours.

Starting off by taking a look at Dana White’s words about Merab Dvalishvili’s decision after UFC Vegas 71 (UFC Fight Night 221), we’ll also take notice of what the excited former UFC Lightweight king, Eddie Alvarez, had to say about his new signing. Additionally, retired former UFC champ, Glover Teixeira, may step back into the octagon on one condition.

Dana White was salty about Merab Dvalishvili’s post-UFC Vegas 71 decision

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The Georgian Bantamweight, Merab Dvalishvili, showcased his true class as he got the better of his UFC Vegas 71 opponent, Petr Yan, via a unanimous decision. During ‘The Machine’s’ post-fight interview, the noted former UFC champ-champ, Daniel Cormier pointed out that this win would set him up for a title shot against the UFC Bantamweight champion, Aljamin Sterling, who was also one of his teammates. But ‘The Georgian’ revealed that he would never fight his teammate-friend, Sterling, under any condition.

However, the UFC supremo, Dana White, didn’t seem too pleased with Dvalishvili’s decision. Appearing at the recently concluded Power Slap Finale’s post-event press conference, White gave out his take on ‘The Machine’s’ ‘friendship-over-fight’ decision.

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He stated, That’s a personal decision that he needs to make. If that’s what he wants to do, I can tell you how that story ends. It’s not a good ending to that story. But, he’s a big boy. He can figure that out on his own”.

Many fans might take White’s words as a statutory warning to Dvalishvili.

Eddie Alvarez expressed his excitement after joining BKFC

The BKFC founder, David Feldman, came up with a piece of amazing news on Wednesday, 8 March 2023. The BKFC head-honcho announced that the noted former UFC Lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez had signed with the promotion. He further revealed that Alvarez will be fighting his former UFC colleague, Chad Mendez, at BKFC 41.

Alvarez, a hugely famous face in the world of MMA, also expressed his excitement after joining BKFC. The 39-year-old American, also appeared on the noted podcast, ‘The MMA Hour’, where he described what were the factors compelling him to join BKFC.

‘The Silent Assassin’ stated, “Everything’s different about it, and it gets me excited. I’ve been doing MMA since I was 19. That’s two decades of MMA. So it’s fun to throw something kind of new at me. It’s a new element, a new sport, against a worthy opponent, so all of it combined, I’m really excited.”

A lot of fans will expectedly tune in to watch the bout between the two former UFC fighters, fighting for a different promotion.

Glover Teixeira reveals what can propel him to get inside the octagon again

Glover Teixeira didn’t quite have the retirement that he might have wished for. The oldest UFC Light Heavyweight champion in the history of the promotion had to end his career with a loss. ‘The Brazilian’ fell to the American, Jamahal Hill, on his UFC 283 encounter and declared his retirement in the post-fight interview.

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But, in a recent interview with ‘AG Fight’, the former UFC Light Heavyweight kingpin stated that he could still slug it out inside the octagon. Teixeira also went vocal about the exact thing which could have him enter the octagon once more.

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‘Alex Pereira’s mentor’ stated, “Then money talks. If you pay, we’ll get out of retirement. Didn’t Larry Holmes get out of retirement after three years to fight Mike Tyson? They offered him some money that he had never earned before”.

It was evident that the 43-year-old won’t mind retracing the legendary Larry Holmes’ path, provided the conditions are the same.

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Some more MMA news

  • The noted former UFC champ-champ, Henry Cejudo wanted ‘The Machine’ Dvalishvili as a backup for his scheduled bout at UFC 288. He fears that Aljamain Sterling will back off from the bout.
  • The famed former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis, advised fighters to look for alternatives to the UFC. He was saddened by the decisions which fighters made just to stay in the UFC.

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.
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Rohini Kottu