UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs Prochazka- Merab Dvalishvili vs Cody Stamann: Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/01/2021, 12:23 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Merab Dvalishvili of Georgia poses on the scale during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Merab Dvalishvili faces Cody Stamann in an intriguing bantamweight clash at UFC Fight Night: Prochazka vs Reyes. Dvalishvili is currently on a 5-fight winning streak, as he has earned 5 straight decisions since his submission loss to Ricky Simon in 2018.

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Stamann, on the other hand, lost via decision to Jimmie Rivera in his last outing to the Octagon. The 31-year-old’s last win was a decision against Brian Kelleher at UFC 250. He has won only one other fight out of his last 5. ‘The Spartan’ earned a decision against Alejandro Perez at UFC 235. A majority draw against Yadong Song and a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling are his other two outings inside the Octagon.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Cody Stamann punches Jimmie Rivera in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘The Machine’ has defeated Terrion Ware, Brad Katona, Casey Kenney, Gustavo Lopez, and John Dodson in his last 5 fights. His win against Dodson was a showcase of Dvalishvili’s superior grappling prowess, which might come in handy against Stamann.

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Merab Dvalishvili and Cody Stamann: stats and analysis

Both fighters are elites in terms of skills. However, they are not necessarily finishers. The duo has combined 11 finishes between them out of 31 wins. Dvalishvili has 2 T/KO and 1 submission win on his resume, while Stamann has 6 T/KO and 2 submission victories under his belt.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Merab Dvalishvili of Georgia punches John Dodson in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Machine’ has a professional record of 12-4. Stamann is currently on a 19-3 record. Dvalishvili is a UFC fighter since 2017 and has fought 7 times, winning 5 of them. Stamann first competed in the promotion at UFC 213. He has won 5 out of his 8 fights in the organization since.

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Dvalishvili showed in his fight against Dodson that he has the ability to grapple with best and take them to deep waters. Stamann, despite his good skills, might just be overwhelmed with Dvalishvili. Both fighters have been finished once each in their career. Both of their losses have come by submission. But this fight is not expected to see such a fate. Dvalishvili should overwork Stamann to earn a decision.

Final Prediction: Merab ‘The Machine’ Dvalishvili by unanimous decision

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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