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“That’s What Every UFC Fighter Needs to Do”: Fans React as Merab Dvalishvili Goes Behind Heckler for “Talking Reckless” During UFC San Antonio

Published 03/26/2023, 3:12 PM EDT

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UFC San Antonio saw two of the top bantamweight contenders in Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen battle it out in a five-rounder that saw the latter get his hands raised after a dominant win. Present in the crowd was the champ Aljamain Sterling and his close aide and number one ranked 135er Merab Dvalishvili as well. Not surprising too; considering that the duo share a great chemistry, with them even choosing not to fight each other for the coveted bantamweight gold.

While this might be a sign of the outstanding friendship that the two share, some fans do not believe that it’s the ideal manner to approach one’s career in the sport. A fan, expressing this exact idea, surprisingly called out Dvalishvili while the fighter was signing autographs. The events that followed were considered peak entertainment, with the video clip of it even going viral on social media.

Merab Dvalishvili gets heckled by a fan asking him to fight Aljamain Sterling


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As the Georgian took his time to sign autographs for fans, an individual was heard shouting at him and Sterling. Asking him to fight the champ, this man almost appeared to be heckling Dvalishvili to the point where the fighter ended up trying to get up close to him. Shockingly, the bantamweight contender climbed up the stand in order to confront this fan.

As the clip started doing the rounds online, MMA fans too jumped into the comment section, reacting to it.


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A bunch of fans pointed out the relationship between Sterling and Dvalishvili. Some called him a great friend while a few wondered why he chose not to fight for the sake of the title.

“Everybody want a real friend like merab”

“Never seen a dude so opposed to fighting his teammate”

“Why did Merab get mad? The gut didn’t even disrespect him? He just wanted to see Merab fight Aljo”

But the majority of the comments were on how the heckler was lucky that the Georgian chose not to do anything serious to him.

“These fighters need to beat tf outta some fans for talking reckless”

“That’s what every ufc fighter needs to do when someone starts talking sh*t”

“Bruh started climbing that sh*t like he Spider-Man. Merab really like that”

“If you know a guy fights in the ufc, don’t f**k with him lol”

“He was dead silent after that lmao”

“Did they check that guys pants if it’s full of sht”

Dvalishvili gets called out by Cory Sandhagen following the latter’s win 

Despite holding the number one spot in the division, Dvalishvili’s choice to not fight Sterling means the 32-year-old fighter has to look out for another opponent. And Cory Sandhagen’s win couldn’t have come at a much better point in time.


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By calling out the Georgian after his win, Sandhagen ensured that the division was not held up unnecessarily for an undue amount of time. This also gives the likes of Dvalishvili the option to stay active while Sterling defends his title.


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But what do fans think of it? Do you think he should face Aljamain Sterling and settle the debate of who’s the best bantamweight? Or go ahead and fight Sandhagen? Let us know in the comment section.

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Pragjyoti Singh

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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.

Edited By: Anuj jacob