LAS VEGAS – Merab Dvalishvili needed to undergo a whole lot of adversity to get his newest win.
The UFC bantamweight contender was badly harm at Saturday’s UFC 266 earlier than mounting a comeback to cease former title challenger Marlon Moraes within the second spherical of their bantamweight conflict.
Dvalishvili (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) ate a tough hook that had him wobbly for chunk of the primary spherical. Nevertheless, earlier than the top of the primary Dvalishvili was in a position to get a takedown and alter the tide of the struggle. The momentum carried over into the next spherical the place he acquired the stoppage win.
“I’m simply pleased to get the win tonight,” Dvalishvili advised MMA Junkie and different reporters on the UFC 266 post-fight information convention. “Win is a win for me, particularly towards this robust opponent Marlon Moraes. I’m simply pleased for the win.
“I acquired harm however you must kill me to cease me. I’m a warrior. I survived, I used to be combating and I simply took him down. I used to be harm, however nothing like this. I’m telling you, you must kill me to cease me.”
The win over Moraes put Dvalishvili on a seven-fight profitable streak. The 30-year-old final noticed defeat in 2018 in a submission loss to Ricky Simon. Dvalishvili is hoping to get one other huge identify at 135 kilos, however has no desire on a selected identify.
“Whoever, come get it,” Dvalishvili mentioned. “I don’t care.”
Watch the total post-fight interview with Dvalishvili within the video above.