Merab Dvalishvili TKO’d Marlon Moraes In September, And It Was Comeback Of The Year-Worthy
Merab Dvalishvili came back in wild fashion.
In 2021, Dvalishvili already held two battles against Cody Stamann and Marlon Moraes. He easily defeated Cody Stamman via unanimous decision, but the fight with Moraes was so wild it was nominated for UFC’s comeback of the year.
Dvalishvili won the fight via TKO in the second round.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 26, 2021
Moraes caught Dvalishvili with a massive left hook, and Dvalishvili almost went down. Moraes landed several more punches and earned a knockdown.
Still, Dvalishvili got up and tried to avoid punches, but his Brazilian opponent still landed some, so Dvalishvili went for a body lock immediately.
Firstly, this body lock was just an attempt to recover and survive, but later, Dvalishvili realized that Moraes was based out and started to attack. He took down Moraes and showed some massive ground and pound skills.
If he had several more seconds or one minute, he could’ve finished the fight.
After being stunned and knocked down, Dvalishvili managed to calm down and started the second round perfectly. He landed overhand and went for the takedown simultaneously.
He landed several more punches, elbows and hammer fists on the ground.
Just 35 seconds before the bell, Keith Peterson stopped the fight because Moraes could not protect himself anymore.
Dvalishvili displayed his massive takedown skills and cardio.
His background sport is freestyle wrestling and Sambo. He started wrestling in his hometown, Georgia. After earning several victories in MMA in the local tournaments, he went to the U.S. with his friends and Levan Makashvili.
Makashvili became the first-ever Georgian UFC fighter, but he and Dvalishvili trained together for a while.
Dvalishvili was trying to pay for his rent and training, so he had to work in several places. He said he had moments when he thought to stop his MMA career and focus on just working on the buildings, but he made his dream come to reality when he knocked out current Bellator fighter Raufeon Stots via KO in just 15 seconds.
This loss is still the only loss in Stot’s career.
His first ever fight in the UFC in 2017 ended via split decision loss.
He won his first-ever UFC fight against Terrion Ware in 2018. After that, he served the first-ever loss to Brad Katona. He kept his winning streaks by defeating great prospects and one of the best fighters of 2020, Casey Kenney.