Within the featured prelim at UFC 266, we noticed a giant time matchup within the bantamweight division, Former title challenger and high contender Marlon Moraes (23-8-1) was making an attempt to get observe as he took on the surging Merab Dvalishvili (13-4).
The Georgian wrestler entered the preliminary important occasion searching for his seventh straight win within the sport’s deepest division.
As a substitute, he repeatedly caught clear left hooks to the chin from a savage Marlon Moraes halfway by Spherical 1.
Referee Keith Peterson would’ve been justified had he known as a halt to the bout given how usually Dvalishvili was rocked and dropped in such a brief time period. However Dvalishvili, recognized extra for his wrestling and unmatched gasoline tank, refused to go away straightforward.
In nothing wanting a surprising turnaround, “The Machine” weathered the storm and managed to rapidly take Moraes down earlier than pounding him out to shut the spherical. Moraes truly appeared to exit earlier than the horn, however Peterson allowed him to proceed. All that did was give Dvalishvili extra time to devour him.
A one-sided second spherical was subsequent till the combat was lastly stopped at 4:25 of Spherical 2 as Moraes fell to a third-straight loss and Dvalishvili let or not it’s recognized it is going to take lots to defeat him. Nostalgic followers can be happy to place Spherical 1 up towards comparable stanzas seen in Nick Diaz-Paul Daley and Andrei Arlovski-Travis Browne.
Simply a few years in the past, Marlon Moraes was checked out as probably the most effective bantamweight within the UFC. After submitting Raphael Assuncao within the first spherical at a Struggle Evening in 2019, Moraes acquired a title shot towards Henry Cejudo.
Whereas his profession has gone down, Merab Dvalishvili’s profession has surged. After shedding his first two fights within the UFC, Dvalishvili has actually taken off. The bantamweight from Georgia has gained six fights in a row together with wins over Casey Kenney, John Dodson, and Cody Stamann.
The UFC 266 featured prelim kicked off with a contact of the gloves and a yell from Dvalishvili. Moraes began within the middle with Dvalishvili bouncing on the surface. Dvalishvili lands a low kick to begin his putting.
Moraes solutions with an enormous low kick that spins Dvalishvili. One other brutal kick from Moraes and that pulls Dvalishvili to fireside again. The 2 change massive photographs within the pocket and Dvalishvili lands a takedown.
Moraes defends effectively and will get again to his ft. Good 1-2 from Dvalishvili. Enormous proper hand from Dvalishvili however Moraes appears very composed. Highly effective left hook from Moraes stiffens up Dvalishvili briefly however he shakes it off.
One other brutal left hook and Dvalishvili seems out on his ft. Moraes is pouring it on right here and Dvalishvili is wobbling all around the octagon. This combat seems very near being stopped however Dvalishvili is in some way surviving.
In some way Dvalishvili goes to outlive and now it’s a must to query the cardio of Moraes. Dvalishvili pushes Moraes towards the fence and lands a takedown. Now it’s Dvalishvili who’s beginning to work his floor and pound.
Massive photographs from Dvalishvili from the guard. Now it’s Dvalishvili who’s nearing a end. My goodness what a spherical and I’ve now concept who ought to get it. In some way, Dvalishvili is likely to be up 1-0 at UFC 266.
Merab Dvalishvili delivered a comeback
Getting into the second at UFC 266 and all of the momentum is with Dvalishvili. Moraes seems somewhat wobbly to begin the second spherical and he doesn’t look assured in any respect. Enormous proper hand from Dvalishvili sits Moraes down.
Dvalishvili settles within the guard and he’s hurting Moraes badly on the bottom. Massive photographs to the physique after which he’s developing high. It’s all Dvalishvili right here within the second spherical. Brutal elbows from the guard from Dvalishvili and Moraes seems damaged right here.
Extra elbow from Dvalishvili and this combat seems prefer it’s going to get stopped. After Dvalishvili takes somewhat little bit of a break, he goes proper again to work with brutal elbows. Moraes is simply laying there on the guard not doing a lot to defend.
Hammer fists from Dvalishvili and Moraes explodes to attempt to get again up. Moraes will get up and presses Dvalishvili as much as the fence. Nonetheless, Dvalishvili reverses and takes Moraes again to the bottom.
Massive photographs from Dvalishvili and Moraes will get warned by the referee to defend himself. Moraes strikes however remains to be taking extra photographs and this one is over. Merab Dvalishvili has completed Marlon Moraes at UFC 266.
Merab Dvalishvili def. Marlon Moraes by TKO – Spherical 2