Merab Dvalishvili

Merab Dvalishvili earns decision over Gustavo Lopez.

Merab Dvalishvili continues his dominance with fourth straight win

The UFC remains in Las Vegas, Nevada for the third-straight week tonight, Saturday, June 13. UFC on ESPN 10 takes place inside the UFC Apex and is headlined by a women’s flyweight bout between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo. The co-main event features a middleweight clash between Karl Roberson and Marvin Vettori.

Here is how the bantamweight showdown between Merab “the Machine” Dvalishvili (10-4) vs Gustavo Lopez (11-4) went down

 Round 1

Nice leg kick from Lopez opens up the scoring. Dvalishvili looks for the clinch. Good defense from Lopez to avoid the takedown. Dvalishvili with a head kick that scores. Wonderful combination to a level change for Dvalishvili as he scores the takedown. Lopez back to his feet, but then he is picked up in the air and slammed to the ground. Escape and the fighters are back to their feet. “The Machine” wastes little time and scores on another double-leg takedown. Dvalishvili looks to land ground-and-pound and lands a huge right hand and some hammer fists right before the end of the round. scores the round 10-9 Dvalishvili

Round 2

Dvalishvili lands with a nice right hand and follows up with the head kick. He looks comfortable with his stand-up right now. A big overhand right from “The Machine” and followed up into the take down. Nice execution. Dvalishvili constantly working while on top trying to land ground strikes and slides into the side control. Dvalishvili grabs the head and is looking for a choke or a neck crank, here. He releases and the fighters are back to their feet but not for long as another takedown is scored. The round ends once again with Dvalishvili on top and dominating this fight with his grappling. scores the round  10-8 Dvalishvili

Round 3

Dvalishvili is clearly comfortable here and working on his striking, throwing in some kicks and then a big overhand right into another takedown. He’s had nine of them through the first two rounds. This is just another repeat performance from his last several fights as he continues to dominate and punish his opponent. He has control the position of this fight almost the entire time and now has the back and is looking for a choke with one minute left in the final round. Lopez those work his way out and we are back to the feet with 30 seconds left and another takedown from “The Machine.” Not much question who won this fight as Dvalishvili adds to his already impressive lead in takedowns with at least a dozen or more. scores the round 10-8, 30-25 for Dvalishvili

Official result: Merab Dvalishvili def. Gustavo Lopez via unanimous decision [30-36, 30-26, 30-25]


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'Beautiful' Bob Meloni
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