The third time is the charm.
After having two previous fights fall through, bantamweights Merab Dvalishvili and Cody Stamann have again been booked to fight at a UFC Fight Night card on May 1. MMAJunkie reported the news earlier today.
The two were originally supposed to fight at UFC on ESPN 19 last December, but Stamann was forced to withdraw due to undisclosed reasons. The bout was then rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 184 on Feb. 6, but Dvalishvili tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the fight being called off once again.
Although he lost his first two UFC bouts, the 30-year-old Merab Dvalishvili, a relentless wrestler, has begun to make waves thanks to a five-fight winning streak. He’s earned victories over Terrion Ware, Brad Katona, Casey Kenney, Gustavo Lopez, and John Dodson during that stretch.
A native of Georgia, “The Machine” now resides on Long Island and trains under Ray Longo and Matt Serra.
Stamann, meanwhile, will be looking to get back into the win column against Dvalishvili after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Jimmie Rivera last July in Abu Dhabi. Before that, he had won two of his previous three bouts, beating Alejandro Perez and Brian Kelleher and fighting to a draw against Song Yadong.
The Fight Night event on May 1 is currently scheduled to be headlined by a pivotal light-heavyweight clash between former title challenger Dominick Reyes and ex-RIZIN champion Jiri Prochazka.
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