The UFC has booked a fun matchup in the bantamweight decision. Merab Dvalishvili‘s (13-4) head coach Ray Longo appeared on the Anik and Florian Podcast and revealed that Dvalishvili would be fighting Marlon Moraes (23-8, 1 NC) next.
The matchup will take place at UFC 266 pm September 4th. The fight was later confirmed by MMA Fighting with promotional officials. This is a big fight for Dvalishvili as he’s getting his first crack at the UFC top ten.
Dvalishvili is on an impressive six-fight winning streak. When Dvalishvili first joined the UFC, it wasn’t smooth sailing for him. Dvalishvili was given a contract after Dana White watched him during the filming of his show, Looking for a Fight.
He made his debut with the promotion back in December of 2017 and immediately lost his first two fights. However, he’s been perfect since. His last UFC appearance was back in May when he defeated Cody Stamann by Unanimous Decision.
UFC Trouble for Magic Marlon
Back in February of 2019, the top contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division was Marlon Moraes. After losing his debut with the promotion, Moraes won four consecutive fights to put him in prime position for a title shot.
His wins included Aljamain Sterling, Jimmie Rivera and Raphael Assuncao. Moraes fought Henry Cejudo for the vacant bantamweight title at UFC 238. Magic Marlon had a dominant first round, but he couldn’t put Cejudo away.
Slowly, Cejudo starting breaking Moraes. Then, in the third round, Cejudo finished him off. Since that loss, Marlon Moraes has not been the same fighter. He won a split decision over Jose Aldo, but most believe he lost that fight.
Then, he was stopped in both of his UFC appearances in 2020. In the eyes of the public, Moraes has lost four consecutive fights dating back to the Cejudo loss. This fight against Dvalishvili is massively important. If he gets dominated in this one, his days with the promotion could be numbered.