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Petr Yan vs Merab Dvalishvili report
Who won Yan vs Dvalishvili?
Merab Dvalishvili beat Petr Yan by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the main event of UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili, on Saturday 11th March 2023 at The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 45-50, 45-50, 45-50 in favor of winner Merab Dvalishvili.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Yan vs Dvalishvili stats
Petr Yan stepped into the octagon with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Merab Dvalishvili made his way to the cage with a record of 15 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Yan had a large advantage in power over Dvalishvili, boasting at 44% knock out percentage over Dvalishvili's 20%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Dvalishvili had a slight advantage over Yan, with a 7% submission rate over Yan's 6%.
Petr Yan was the younger man by 2 years, at 30 years old.
Yan had a height advantage of 1 inch over Dvalishvili. Despite this, Dvalishvili had 1-inch reach advantage.
Yan was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 1 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 9 months earlier than Dvalishvili, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 11 more professional rounds, 69 to Dvalishvili's 58.
Yan vs Dvalishvili form
Yan had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 on 9th April 2022 by split decision in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest.
Before that, he had lost to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in the 4th round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
He had beat Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on 11th July 2020 by knockout in the 5th round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Dvalishvili had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Jose Aldo at UFC 278 on 20th August 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Marlon Moraes at UFC 266 on 4th September 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Cody Stamann at UFC Vegas 25 on 1st May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest.
Before that, he had defeated John Dodson at UFC 252 on 15th August 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had won against Brad Katona at UFC on ESPN+ 9 on 4th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Petr Yan had been fighting more than Merab Dvalishvili.
Going to this contest, Petr Yan had last fought 7 months and 10 days ago, while Merab Dvalishvili's last outing had been 9 months and 12 days ago.
Yan's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 22 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.4 rounds on average.
Dvalishvili's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Yan vs Dvalishvili?
Petr Yan was a 19/50 (-260) favourite going into the contest, while Merab Dvalishvili made his way into the ring at 21/10 (+210) with oddsmakers.
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