“A lot of GANGSTERS involved,” Merab Dvalishvili talks about his HARSH upbringing in the latest UFC 278 Embedded


“A lot of GANGSTERS involved,” Merab Dvalishvili talks about his HARSH upbringing in the latest UFC 278 Embedded

Merab Dvalishvili

Working with the champion of his own division on a daily basis makes Merab Dvalishvili one of the fastest rising prospects in the UFC bantamweight division, but the Georgian mixed-martial artist has come from a tough road in order to become a future title prospect in the world’s biggest organization. Merab is 14-4 in his overall MMA career with 4 wins via finishes. Merab is more of a grinder who likes to dominate his opponent from bell to bell with his wrestling.

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Merab last fought at UFC 266 when he scored a second-round TKO win against former bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes in a fight where he was getting frequently wobbled by the Brazilian until Merab turned the tides in his favour. Merab is now looking forward to giving another entertaining fight to the fans when he will face former WEC-UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a 3-round war. Merab trains out of Serra Longo Fight Team where he trains alongside UFC bantamweight champion Ajamain Sterling.

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Merab Dvalishvili accepts MMA as the sport that changed his life

Merab Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili

In the latest episode of UFC’s special segment, Embedded for the fight week of UFC 278, Dvalishvili shares insight about his childhood being born and growing up in his birth nation of Georgia. Fair enough to say, Merab has got all the grit in the world to become the top-notch fighter which he is today. “The Machine” has earned his way to the spot where millions of competitors around the world are fighting for today, to be a top-ranked fighter in one of the divisions of the world’s biggest MMA promotion.

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“I grew up in Georgia. I was fighting in street a lot and a lot of gangsters working outside and it was a tough life back then,” says Merab “But thank God I started mixed-martial arts. I started sports and sports changed my life,” concludes Merab.

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What do you make of Merab Dvalishvili sharing his experience on street fighting and a brief about the gang culture in Georgia? Who do you think wins this weekend come UFC 278 between Merab and his opponent Jose Aldo? In just his 9 UFC fights, Merab has scored more than 54 takedowns. Even though Aldo has a strong takedown defence, to pitch it confidently against Merab’s will to take you down will be extremely difficult.

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