Merab Dvalishvili defeats Jose Aldo in a hugely disappointing match

Merab Dvalishvili uses his takedown attempts and pressure to take control of Jose Aldo and secure a win over the MMA legend at UFC 278.

In one of the most anticipated fights of ufc 278, Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili ended up being a big flop. But Dvalishvili’s pace and pressure were enough to give him the decider.

Dvalishvili has now won eight straight and is guaranteed to be in the top five in UFC bantamweight division next week. But with his friendship with current champion and teammate Aljamain Sterling, he may not be able to make the title shot.

Merab Dvalishvili defeats Jose Aldo at UFC 278 against a lackluster challenger

Dvalishvili started the fight by putting some pressure on Aldo and aiming for Aldo’s body, but failed to score on his first two takedown attempts. Aldo eventually started throwing his leg kicks and land kicks, but Dvalishvili didn’t budge and returned fire. A third takedown attempt from Dvalishvili was met with a left hook from Aldo, a knee to the body not too far behind. The two threw each other wildly in the final seconds of the first after a relatively quiet lap.

Dvalishvili pinned Aldo to the cage wall early in the second game. Aldo threw a high kick and a hook after breaking free, but Dvalishvili pinned Aldo to the cage again – albeit with a fifth and sixth unsuccessful takedown attempts. Aldo was able to break away from the cage wall again, but had to fend off another takedown attempt. Aldo was successfully not brought down at all in the second but failed to deliver an effective punch thanks to Dvalishvili’s efforts.

Aldo landed a few shots in the third round but continued to let Dvalishvili press and set the pace. Dvalishvili came forward mid-round with a couple of combinations. By the end of the bout, Aldo had successfully plugged 12 of Dvalishvili’s 13 takedown attempts, but it was unclear what credit Aldo would get for being so reactionary.

Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Dvalishvili while the third scored it 30-27 in his favor.

UFC 278: Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards takes place live from Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Follow along with FanSided MMA on-site for all your news and highlights. Merab Dvalishvili defeats Jose Aldo in a hugely disappointing match

John Verrall

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