Merab Dvalishvili eagerly waiting to get a title shot: “I know I deserve that”

Merab Dvalishvili explains why he desperately wants a title shot next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Merab Dvalishvili eagerly waiting to get a title shot: “I know I deserve that”
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The 2nd ranked bantamweight contender, Merab Dvalishvili, has been expressing his strong urge to fight for the belt a lot lately. Dvalishvili believes he should get the opportunity instead of Marlon Vera. Dvalishvili has certainly proved himself on various occasions, so it would be unfair to think that he is not worthy of a title shot.

Sean O’Malley is majorly in command; he wants the rematch with Marlon Vera, and chances are high for us to see that match next for the title fight. However, UFC makes the final decision – it will be interesting to see the opponent they finalize for Sean O’Malley’s first title defense.

Merab Dvalishvili on getting a title shot

Recently on The MMA Hour, Merab Dvalishvili expressed his eagerness to get the title shot and explained why he thinks he deserves it. “I don’t understand it,” Dvalishvili said, as quoted by

“Maybe I don’t understand, maybe I don’t know. I’m a [real] fighter and what I know I deserve. But now I know [my] next [fight] should be for the title and I don’t want to go backward and fight somebody, because every fight is risky, you know? And why do I have to risk challenging myself, cutting weight, and anything can happen.

I can break my leg and if this happened in the fight and I lost a fight because of my injury or something, I’m going to lose my opportunity for the title fight. But this is big for my country, Georgia. No Georgians have fought for the title yet, so that will be so big for my country and for my career.

Dvalishvili further explained: I don’t want to miss this opportunity. I don’t want to miss this chance. And I want what I deserved, you know? I think I deserve to fight for the title, and I think I earned that too. I don’t want to another fight because we are talking about a sport".