Dvalishvili (11-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been contacting for a battle with undefeated bantamweight prospect O’Malley (12- MMA, 4- UFC) for his past numerous fights. It hasn’t materialized, but Saturday they compete on the similar card, with Dvalishvili established to struggle John Dodson (21-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and O’Malley scheduled to meet up with Marlon Vera (15-6-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC).
While Dvalishvili is not contemplating earlier the task at hand, he reported it is challenging to overlook the greater photograph. If he wins and O’Malley wins, he said he sees no rationale to not have them fight.
“One hundred % (we should really combat future),” Dvalishvili told reporters, which include MMA Junkie, in the course of Wednesday’s UFC 252 virtual media working day. “I received to acquire initial, but we are just about same rank, we’re shut in the rank and we really should battle. Why not? Sean O’Malley, he never ever fought a top 15 dude. I imagine it’s the time. I’m next. Hopefully this can materialize but I ought to earn initial. He need to gain initial. This is not an effortless battle Marlon Vera. Fantastic luck to them both.”
Dvalishvili reiterated several occasions that seeking earlier Dodson would be a foolish move. Although “The Magician” has not been near to a title shot in new yrs, he’s fought for UFC gold two times before and has confronted a litany of significant names across the bantamweight and flyweight divisions.
Dodson is quickly the most high-profile opponent Dvalishvili has achieved as a result much, and he’s completely informed of it.
“He has significantly additional experience than me,” Dvalishvili explained. “He’s been in the UFC (for a) lengthy time, he has the get towards T.J. Dillashaw, he has wins towards Pedro Munhoz and he’s an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner. He’s difficult fight for everybody. He’s the most significant examination for me.”
Dvalishvili acquired the fight with Dodson by successful four consecutive matches. The bout is positioned on the pay-per-check out main card of UFC 252, which takes put at UFC Apex in Las Vegas and follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
It’s a huge system and a major opportunity for Dvalishvili, and his aspiration is to make the most of it. Dodson has by no means been concluded in any of his occupation losses, and getting to be the 1st would be a assertion.
“It’s not likely to be uncomplicated but I’m heading to do all the things for (the complete),” Dvalishvili stated. “I have the cardio, I’ve been instruction with the finest coaching partners like Aljamain Sterling, Al Iaquinta, Matt Frevola – so several superior fellas. I assume I’m prepared and I will do every little thing to earn this fight.”