Georgian mixed martial arts superlightweight fighter Merab Dvalishvili, during an interview with the world media after the fight with the Russian, supported Ukraine and spoke out against the war.
On the night of March 12, Paradaiga, Nevada, USA hosted the UFC Fight Night 221 mixed martial arts tournament. Georgian athlete Merab Dvalishvili fought Russian fighter Petr Yan and defeated him. During the interview, the Georgians remembered Ukraine and urged to stop the war. The video was posted online.
“Thanks to all the Georgians who came here. There are only 5 million of us, but we are strong. And I am against the war. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Georgia! Glory to the will! We only need freedom. No war! Please stop the war. I am against the war,” – he said.
The fight itself lasted five rounds. Merab Dvalishvili made 49 attempts to overturn an opponent or carry out a takedown, 11 times he managed to do it. This is a historical UFC record. The judges decided that the victory would go to the Georgian fighter and announced the score: 50–45.
Before the duel, the Georgians and the Russians quarreled among themselves. Merab Dvalishvili called Petr Yan “stupid”, and he pushed him in response. The fighters were separated by the security service.
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