SALT LAKE CITY – Merab Dvalishvili left no uncertainty about whether he needs to battle a companion and partner for a title. Dvalishvili (15-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was genuinely predominant in a consistent choice win over previous featherweight champion Jose Aldo (31-8 MMA, 13-7 UFC) at UFC 278 on Saturday.
It saved him from the highest point of competitors for a bantamweight title and destroyed the street. Yet, the bantamweight belt at present is held by Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC), who is one of Dvalishvili’s partners and old buddies at the Serra-Longo Fight Team exercise centre on Long Island in New York. After his success over Aldo, Dvalishvili said he has no expectation of battling Sterling for the title.
UFC president Dana White thinks that mindset, alongside what he saw as a not as much as feature commendable win, could keep the 31-year-old down. “Above all else, I love Jose. I would rather not sh*t on Jose. Yet, Jose had zero offence this evening,” White said at his UFC 278 post-occasion news gathering. “Furthermore, Merab didn’t pursue it like a person that seems as though he needs to battle for the title.
Furthermore, when posed the inquiry about his companion holding the title and what was it that he need to do, he never truly responded to the inquiry. “I generally say this: We’re the extravagant accessories folks (in the UFC). We spread it out there for him, offer him the chance to sparkle, and it depends on you to get out there and do it. That didn’t occur this evening. Dvalishvili’s success was his eighth consecutive extending back over four years. He began his UFC residency with consecutive misfortunes, however, has been on a tear from that point forward.
However, seven of his eight successes have been by consistent choice. The one completion Dvalishvili has in his ongoing run came 11 months prior with a TKO of Marlon Moraes that got him a post-battle reward. A long time back, the level of Dvalishvili’s opposition got.
After prevails upon Terrion Ware, Brad Katona, Casey Kenney and Gustavo Lopez, his four latest triumphs have been throughout double cross UFC flyweight title challenger John Dodson, Cody Stamann, Moraes and presently ex-featherweight champ Aldo. However, White supposes to dazzle him and the UFC metal, he ought to have been offered a little something more that would be useful against Aldo in a session on a high-profile pay-per-view primary card.
“At the point when you’re on a card like this, the spot is pressed this way, and you need to say something in that division, you pull out all the stops,” White said.
“What’s more, I get it – he’s battling Jose Aldo, and no big deal either way. I don’t figure Merab offered himself a ton of courtesies (Saturday).” For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s occasion centre for UFC 278.