Merab Dvalishvili dominates Petr Yan in UFC Fight Night Main Event

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Merab “The Machine” Dvalishvili passed his biggest test with flying colours as he won every round in his main event victory over Petr Yan. || Super Admin

The Georgian fumbling standout showed how appropriate his nickname of "The Machine" is by putting on a cardio performance hidden prior to in the octagon, but where does he go from here?

Liam Hampton looks at "The Equipment" and the various other major card winners to try as well as see where they go next.

A $50,000 reward cheque is just the icing on the cake Vitor Petrino want after a hard-fought gain Anton Turkalj.

Brazil's Petrino looked excellent but still very environment-friendly as he protected his first UFC win and also climbed to 8-0 as a specialist, in-cage experience will show critical for Petrino as he goes up the positions.

Having just gone to a decision when before in his MMA profession, Petrino aimed to avoid that destiny when a flurry of hooks sent Turkalj to the canvas, however the Swede was difficult as well as in spite of much more positives from Petrino he was incapable to get his challenger out of there prior to the final horn.

A solid efficiency by Petrino which gained him Battle of the Evening honours, however it did display his somewhat doubtful cardio.
 

Next challenger: Tyson Pedro


Australian fighter Tyson Pedro seems to lastly have placed the injury woes that kept him out for virtually four years behind him.

A two-fight win touch was snapped after Pedro was beat by short-notice substitute Modestas Bukauskas at UFC 284 in Perth, but Pedro is still only 31 and also with the appropriate adjustments can take his well-rounded video game to the next level.

Matching these 2 together makes sense as Petrino will certainly obtain beneficial cage experience against a well-rounded challenger that might test all elements of his game, whereas Pedro obtains a winnable match versus a talented yet problematic competitor.
 

Mario Bautista def Guido Cannetti by Submission in Round 1


Mario Bautista offered a slick efficiency in his entry victory over Guido Cannetti, the mixed martial arts Lab fighter grabbed his 4th win straight and also third by submission, touching out the Argentine midway through the first round.

Currently is his time to take a step up in his profession yet the bantamweight division is loaded with skilled athletes searching for an opportunity, so while finding a challenger is very easy finding the best opponent is a different challenge.
 

Next opponent: Raoni Barcelos


My pick for his next opponent is Brazilian boogeyman Raoni Barcelos, one of one of the most underrated boxers in the department, Barcelos is a male who has actually been knocking on the door of the top 15 for several years and has been the base test for proven leading 15 ability such as Umar Nurmagomedov and Chris Gutierrez.

A knockout loss against Nurmagomedov does not decrease the high quality Barcelos has, glossy striking and submissions and lots of UFC experience versus leading talent yell verify to be a superb test for Bautista to see exactly how close he is to get into the top 15.
 

Jonathan Martinez def Said Nurmagomedov by Consentaneous Decision


Among the most significant underdogs on the card, it was a successful night for the Factory X team with boxers Josh Fremd and also Jonathan Martinez both safeguarding upset victories.

It was Martinez who shone brightest though, taking out Dagestani fumbling device Said Nurmagomedov by unanimous decision.

That places Martinez on a five-fight win streak with a document of 18-4 and currently the 28-year-old should be anticipating to wake up with a number next to his name, just like Bautista locating a challenger for Martinez at bantamweight isn't a problem nevertheless discovering the ideal challenger for him is a somewhat more difficult job.
 

Next opponent: Dominick Cruz


A large dive from unranked guys to the number 7 in the world and also previous champion however there is a technique to the insanity.

Cruz is coming off a harsh knockout loss to Marlon "Chito" Vera and whilst he has no plans on retiring anytime quickly, a stylistic matchup versus Martinez makes more sense than a fight with Dagestani wrestler Umar Nurmagomedov.

Martinez previously called out Cruz after his victory over Cub Swanson so there is also a history between the two, an extremely polite history but it's there.

In this sport the young often eat the old, will the old dog Dominick Cruz pull out a triumph? Or will new members Jonathan Martinez establish himself as the new leader of the pack?
 

Nikita Krylov def Ryan Spann by Submission in Round 1


In a shock to extremely few, the battle in between Nikita Krylov as well as Ryan Spann finished without the need for the judges' scorecards. A scrappy speedy of a battle finished after Spann adhered to Krylov to the ground and was immediately caught in a triangular choke by the Ukrainian, which takes his winning touch to 3 and also will keep his position in the top 10, however finding his next opponent will not be very easy in a top-heavy and confusing light-heavyweight division.
 

Next opponent: Khalil Rountree


A tendency to remain energetic as well as a log jam on top of the division has actually left Krylov with couple of legitimate choices as a following opponent, however as last option choices go there are lots of worse options than Khalil Rountree.

A disastrous demonstrator on a three-fight win streak, Rountree has the power to trigger anybody in the division a problem, and also with his capacity to end up a battle early, it must be an attractive prospect to Krylov, who is likewise a kill-or-be-killed type of fighter.
 

Alexander Volkov def Alexandr Romanov by TKO in Round 1


Russian large Alexander Volkov proved he isn't going anywhere anytime soon, after his disappointing loss to Tom Aspinall, 2 wins over Jairzinho Rozenstruik as well as currently Alexandr Romanov has actually secured his location in the top tier of the UFC heavyweight division.

An energetic heavyweight that isn't afraid to take high-risk fights, Volkov will never ever be as well away from the title photo with performances like that as well as his following challenger need to indicate that.
 

Next opponent: Serghei Spivac


A male sporting his very own remarkable win touch, Moldova's Serghei Spivac needs a fight that will certainly maintain his forward energy going whilst remaining to evaluate his skills on top level of competitors.

Volkov must be an appealing dance companion after that as both men are placed No. 7 & No. 8 specifically and use contrary skillsets per other, with Volkov using a striking-based video game using his 6' 7" framework to keep his challengers at bay, whereas Spivac does his ideal job from a leading setting using his surrounding battling to beat down as well as submit his challengers.
 

Merab Dvalishvili def Petr Yan by Unanimous Decision


The cardio king at bantamweight has actually been crowned and his name is Merab Dvalishvili. A suffocating efficiency versus one of the most effective bantamweights in recent years should have catapulted him to an instant title shot.

Nevertheless, the recent statement of Aljamain Sterling vs Henry Cejudo and also the outright rejection from Sterling as well as Dvalishvili to fight each other (They train together under Matt Serra as well as Ray Longo) implies "The Maker" will not be getting ready for a title battle fairly yet.

His following battle is worthy of to be somebody at his degree as opposed to fighting down and also in my viewpoint, there is only one guy for the job.
 

Next challenger: Sean O'Malley


The UFC's uber-prospect who has additionally defeated Petr Yan, Sean O'Malley believed he had actually earned himself a title shot after defeating the Russian at UFC 280, recent occasions such as Dvalishvili's prominence and Cejudo's return indicate the Californian will certainly have to await his opportunity at undisputed gold, yet a potential # 1 challengers match could be bought to improve the top of bantamweight.

With just a handful of names not currently scheduled inside the bantamweight leading 15, a battle in between Dvalishvili as well as O'Malley might offer some clarity in possibly the UFC's deepest department.

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