LAS VEGAS – Merab Dvalishvili proved to Cody Stamann he’s no easy battle.
The UFC bantamweight contender bested Stamann (19-4-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) in a unanimous determination on the hole bout of the main card at Saturdays’ UFC on ESPN 23 match in Las Vegas. Dvalishvili (13-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) outpointed Stamann with a 30-27 and two 29-28 rankings on the three judges’ scorecards.
In a pre-battle interview throughout the UFC on ESPN 23 media day, Stamann told journalists his teammates encouraged him to take the battle with Dvalishvili because they plan it would be a apt matchup for him after having trained with Dvalishvili at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
“He said after the second battle purchased canceled he didn’t want to battle with me, however his teammates told him I’m no longer that tough, I haven’t beaten anybody apt, and I must always tranquil be easy battle for him and that he must always tranquil battle me,” Dvalishvili told MMA Junkie at the UFC on ESPN 23 put up-battle press conference. “I guess it was a mistake for him.”
Dvalishvili has been training in Las Vegas along with his Serra-Longo teammate and UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling due to Contemporary York’s COVID-19 restrictions on gyms.
He feels love he was misjudged from the his work in Las Vegas, having trained with teammates of Stamann.
“I’m training with Serra-Longo team always. We always train to make each assorted better and we don’t injure each assorted right here is training,” Dvalishvili explained. “Maybe I guess I was training gentle with these guys and maybe somebody was thinking I was easy, however I guess I’m no longer easy. But I want to be respectful to Cody Stamann. He’s a great fighter and he’s a apt team and I appreciate his coaches and all individuals.”
As far as what’s subsequent, Dvalishvili, who’s now on a six-battle a hit streak, wants a step up in competition. He has many names in mind, however he’d love to face a former UFC champion.
“There is four assorted former champions in our weight class,” Dvalishvili said. “T.J. Dillashaw, Jose Aldo, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz and Frankie Edgar. But I don’t want to battle Frankie Edgar. I have a lot of appreciate for him and he’s a story. He deserves a title battle or something gargantuan. He’s a story. Other guys, why achieve they have to wait goodbye? They have to battle me and wander forward.”