What Type of Fighter Is Merab Dvalishvili? Is the UFC Bantamweight a Wrestler?

MMA fighters often come from different combat sports backgrounds. From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to kickboxing, there are several fighting styles that fighters make use of inside the Octagon. As such, we will be looking at the background of Merab Dvalishvili, who’ll be taking on former double champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 298.

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Dvalishvili has made quite an impact in the UFC since joining the promotion in 2src17. He started with two losses but is now on a 9-fight winning streak as he gears up for his upcoming fight. Meanwhile, let us take a look at Dvalishvili’s background and the fighting style that he’s developed over the years.

Merab Dvalishvili grew up training primarily in wrestling


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When ‘The Machine’ started his combat sports journey, he started with wrestling, judo, and Sambo. In addition to that, the Georgian national also showcased Jiu-Jitsu techniques as well, despite having just one submission win on his record. The variety of techniques that he’s learned has made him one of the most prolific takedown artists ever.

Dvalishvili can time his movements perfectly. His efficient timing often leads him to effortlessly maneuver under his opponent’s punches and quickly pass through their legs. In addition to that, ‘The Machine’ has also demonstrated great skill while executing his techniques near the fence.

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Moreover, Dvalishvili is adept at utilizing the cross-trip double-leg takedown. As he lowers his stance and targets the opponent’s waist, his trailing leg advances to secure an ankle hold. Although mistiming this move can put him in a precarious position, it frequently prevents his opponent from sprawling and countering effectively. Now let’s take a look at Dvalishvili’s striking game.

‘The Machine’ is not afraid of striking exchanges

Having a background in wrestling, most fighters try to avoid exchanging blows and shoot straight for the legs. However, Merab Dvalishvili is not built that way. He likes to confront his opponents with strikes. Besides, Dvalishvili is not any type of boxer, but he is not afraid to swarm with punches with his opponents inside the Octagon. He also makes use of kicks more than punches.


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The bantamweight star frequently combines the previously mentioned right-hand lead with a trip shot. Additionally, he executes a lead overhand and forcefully collides with his opponent, swiftly grabbing their leg using his left arm. The 33-year-old effectively traps his opponents in a relentless wrestling cycle. With his cardiovascular endurance, Dvalishvili can keep relentless pressure with constant strikes and takedown threats.


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It will be interesting to see how he performs against the former UFC double champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Will he inch towards title contention or will ‘Triple C’ neutralize Merab’s wrestling? We will have to wait and see how things pan out.


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