‘I Deserve Dominick Cruz’- Merab Dvalishvili Calls Out Dominick Cruz After Sixth Straight Win at UFC Fight Night

Published 05/01/2021, 11:19 PM EDT


UFC bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili earned a dominant unanimous decision win over Cody Stamann to start off UFC Vegas 25. The fight lived up to expectations and was a back-and-forth war for the most part. However, ‘The Machine’ made sure to put himself ahead in crucial positions and cruised to a comfortable victory in the end.

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Merab Dvalishvili dominated in all aspects of the fight, from designated head strikes to takedowns secured. He secured five takedowns to Stamann’s single takedown and also advanced position following his attempts. Cody Stamann reversed position occasionally, but ultimately fell short.

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UFC Fight Night: Merab Dvalishvili declares his intentions

The Georgian fighter spoke to Paul Felder after the victory and made a clear-cut call out when asked what he wanted next. Following his most recent win, Dvalishvili is on a 6-fight win streak. Hence, the fighter has his sights set on a top 5 or top 10 opponent. However, within those ranks, he’s looking for a former champion with a big name, and Dominick Cruz was the fighter on his mind.

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)

“I want to be back soon as possible. Next month, two months, I’m ready if anybody needs me. Top 10, top 5, or anybody. To be honest, I deserve somebody with big name. I have 6 straight wins, I deserve a Dominick Cruz or somebody former champion. Somebody please, I think I deserve it so I’m ready. I’m ready for fight, I’m hungry.”

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Given the way he’s looked inside the cage, it’s becoming hard to deny that Merab Dvalishvili is a top contender. He’s managed to weaponize pace under the bright lights like very few can and produces fan-friendly fights. As it stands, he’s more than likely to secure a big-time match-up in his next.

The landscape of the bantamweight division lends itself to several exciting fights and Dvalishvili is as game as they come. What’s more, with the title picture in flux at the moment, there’s a good chance for the emergence of a new contender.

What did you make of Dvalishvili’s performance tonight?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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