Merab Dvalishvili’s outstanding win over John Dodson at UFC 252 has now extended his winning streak to five in a row. Known as “The Machine,” Merab knocked out John Dodson in three rounds on Saturday. The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s bantamweight performer won by a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27.
Given the dominant performance, Dvalishvili could only convert two out of 20 attempts made to takedown Dodson. By the end of the bout, the stats barely mattered, as Dodson clearly could not endure the constant blows from Dvalishvili.
Dodson stood at No 12 and Merab at No 15 in the UFC bantamweight ranking.
The 1st round saw nothing significant as both the fighters warmed up without throwing anything significant. As the fight proceeded, Merab somehow gained the upper hand.
Merab took Dodson for a ride in RD 1! 🤯
— UFC (@ufc) August 16, 2020
Dvalishvili locking the waist and spending a reasonable amount of time holding Dodson against the fence was the only notable incident that gave the benefit of the doubt to Merab, declaring him as the winner of the 1st round.
Continuing the momentum, Davalishvili returned aggressively in the second round, applying the early pressure on Dodson.
Biggest win of Merab Dvalishvili's career as he earns a unanimous decision over John Dodson. That's now five wins in a row #UFC252
— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) August 16, 2020
Dodson showed more urgency in the final frame. He got an inside leg kick and hard left hand in in the final round. Despite Dodson’s gravity, Merab was a man possessed until the end.
Davalishvili’s takedown attempts had remained consistent from round one. Ultimately the performance giving him the biggest win of his career.
|16 matches||12 wins||Four losses|
|Win By Knockout||2||0|
|UFC 252: Miocic vs Cormier 3||Win||John Dodson||U-Dec||3||5:00|
|UFC Fight Night: Eye vs Calvillo||Win||Gustavo Lopez||U-Dec||3||5:00|
|UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs Blachowicz||Win||Casey Kenney||U-Dec||3||5:00|
|UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs Cowboy||Win||Brad Katona||U-Dec||3||5:00|
|UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Oleinik||Win||Terrion Ware||U-Dec||3||5:00|
|UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs Lee||Loss||Ricky Simon||KO/TKO||3||5:00|
|UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Ortega||Loss||Frankie Saenz||S-Dec||3||5:00|
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