‘I guess it was a mistake for him’

LAS VEGAS – Merab Dvalishvili showed to Cody Stamann he’s no simple battle.

The UFC bantamweight competitor bested Stamann (19-4-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 5-3-1 UFC) in a unanimous choice on the opening bout of the primary card at Saturdays’ UFC on ESPN 23 occasion in Las Vegas. Dvalishvili (13-4 Mixed Martial Arts, 6-2 UFC) outpointed Stamann with a 30-27 and 2 29-28 ratings on the 3 judges’ scorecards.

In a pre-fight interview throughout the UFC on ESPN 23 media day, Stamann informed press reporters his colleagues motivated him to take the battle with Dvalishvili due to the fact that they believed it would be an excellent match for him after having actually trained with Dvalishvili at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.

“He said after the second fight got canceled he didn’t want to fight with me, but his teammates told him I’m not that strong, I haven’t beaten anybody good, and I should be easy fight for him and that he should fight me,” Dvalishvili informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict at the UFC on ESPN 23 post-fight interview. “I guess it was a mistake for him.”

Dvalishvili has actually been training in Las Vegas along with his Serra-Longo colleague and UFC bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling due to New york city’s COVID-19 constraints on health clubs.

He seems like he was misjudged from the his work in Las Vegas, having actually trained with colleagues of Stamann.

“I’m training with Serra-Longo team always. We always train to make each other better and we don’t hurt each other this is training,” Dvalishvili described. “Maybe I guess I was training light with those guys and maybe someone was thinking I was easy, but I guess I’m not easy. But I want to be respectful to Cody Stamann. He’s a great fighter and he is a good team and I respect his coaches and everybody.”

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As far as what’s next, Dvalishvili, who’s now on a six-fight winning streak, desires an action up in competitors. He has numerous names in mind, however he’d like to deal with a previous UFC champ.

“There is four other former champions in our weight class,” Dvalishvili stated. “T.J. Dillashaw, Jose Aldo, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz and Frankie Edgar. But I don’t want to fight Frankie Edgar. I have a lot of respect for him and he’s a legend. He deserves a title fight or something big. He’s a legend. Other guys, why do they have to wait so long? They have to fight me and move forward.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.