Merab Dvalishvili Net Worth 2024: How rich is the UFC bantamweight fan-favorite?
Merab Dvalishvil has risen up to be one of the top names in the bantamweight division. Learn all about the fighter and his career earnings.
Merab Dvalishvili (Image via Imago)
|January 10, 1991
135lber Merab Dvalishvili is a Georgian pro-MMA fighter, competing in the UFC. He fights in the bantamweight division, where he is a close friend and sparring partner to the former champ, Aljamain Sterling. He is currently on a 9-fight win streak. Merab Dvalishvilia has a decent net worth all thanks to his MMA career.
Dvalishvili did not have the best of beginnings. He moved to the US from Georgia to pursue his dreams. Initially, he had to work a full-time job to support himself. He lost couple of times in the UFC before going on an impressive 9-fight winning streak. Find out more details about the net worth, salary, fighting career of Merab Dvalishvili.
Merab Dvalishvili Net Worth 2024
As of 2024, the estimated net worth of UFC bantamweight contender, Merab Dvalishvili is $1 million. His fight purses and incentives are his primary sources of income.
The Georgian fighter ranks among one of the best wrestlers to compete in the UFC. His wrestling has remained unstoppable in the bantamweight division. Soon, he will fight for the title, improving his net worth further.
Merab Dvalishvili Sponsorships and Endorsements
Concurrently, Dvalishvili, along with UFC fighter Charalampos Grigoriou recently became acting ambassadors. Endorsing the electric hyper-scooter, the Infinity X of Flash Motors Corporation, at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, He also endorses and is sponsored by GA Logistics LLC, sporting their active combat-wear.
He recently unveiled his new e-commerce store in collaboration with Athlete Studio (officialmerabdvalishvili.com) as well. It has tie-ups with the likes of Setanta Sports, 31Bet, El Monte, and others.
Merab Dvalishvili Salary
Merab faced Brad Katona at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy. He received a sum of $28,000 for his performance. At UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik, he defeated Terrion Ware. Consequently, he bagged $23,500. He also made a substantial career earning of $44,000 ($20,000 win bonus + $4,000 fight week incentive pay) against Casey Kenney.
Dvalishvili made $63,500 when he defeated Ricky Simon. Alongside, he also faced off against Frankie Saenz at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega. He made $12,500 in the losing effort. Dvalishvili’s estimated base salary falls within a $100,000 fight purse bracket since he started his winning streak.
At UFC 266, ‘The Machine’ defeated Marlon Moraes. Dvalishvili made around $126,000 for the fight. He took home $50,000 POTN. He earned over $200,000, including a $98,000 purse and a $98,000 win bonus, for his impressive victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 278.
In his fight against Petr Yan, Dvalishvili took home $310,000. This comprised $200,000 to show, $100,000 as a win bonus, and $10,000 in sponsorship money.
Merab Dvalishvili Career
Merab Dvalishvili was born on Jan. 10, 1991, in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, then part of the USSR. He started training in combat techniques from a very young age. Shooting off with “qartuli chidaoba” (traditional Georgian wrestling) and “khridoli” (traditional Georgian fighting) he later transitioned to combat Sambo and Judo. He represented Georgia in the 2012 London Olympics as well.
He debuted in pro-MMA in 2014, against Darren Mima and lost the fight via decision. The fight took place at Ring of Combat 47 in Atlantic City. Dvalishvili made his UFC debut in 2017 against Frankie Saenz and lost the fight via decision.
Merab lost a second outing as well; these being the only times he lost at UFC. From there, it’s all uphill. Between 2018 and 2021, he additionally won a multitude of bouts via decision. He has also trained under the renowned Serra-Longo Fight Team, which is led by legendary coach Matt Serra and Ray Longo.
Merab Dvalishvili Personal Life
The fighter was born to parents Kakhaber Dvalishvili and Tsisana Dvalishvili. Not much is known about his family details or their involvement in his life. Additionally, he does not have a wife or partner either.
Dvalishvili does tend to maintain a party-boy persona but hasn’t settled down yet. Neither is he known to have kids. He often shares photos of Liana Jojua on his Instagram. Liana is also an MMA fighter. Liana could likely be his training partner, as he often wishes her well before her fights. Merab holds a degree in physical education from a college in Georgia.
His friendship with Aljamain Sterling is a household topic as of now. Going against the wishes and ultimatums of top honcho Dana White, his refusal to fight Aljamain Sterling became controversial for many. Some fight fans, and Dana White wanted them to fight like how Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal feuded. However, it did not happen as Merab remained loyal.
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