Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan long and ugly feud He battled Aljamain Sterling in their title fight, which began with a disqualification at UFC 259 in Las Vegas to a split at UFC 273 in Jacksonville The decision was over – both ended with “Funk Master” winning.
UFC bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili was part of Sterling’s fight camp when Yan threatened to kill everyone on their team (Read those inflammatory reviews here). Not surprisingly, Dvalishvili cares about it, but “The Machine” is able to keep his cool, No hotel hand sanitizers take off.
“If he doesn’t fight, of course I will slap him,” Dvalishvili told mixed martial arts“Especially he said before that when he went to Aljo, Petr said — and I just want to repeat his words — ‘When I see Aljo and Aljo’s team, we’re going to kill and smash his team.’ That’s what he mentioned. Like what the fuck? I’m on his team, I’m on Aljo’s team. He’s trying to smash me.”
This isn’t the only time Dvalishvili has feuded with the former champion. Yan also tried to ridicule and discredit the “machine” Brief interaction with Sterling Before his “No Mercy” fight against Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi. Again, Dvalishvili dropped the comment because Yan was in the fight camp.
“When I met him in Abu Dhabi, he was preparing for the match against O’Malley – it was three days before the match, and I have a lot of respect for him,” Dvalishvili said. “I was on the other side by myself, but he was talking to Aljo, and I didn’t want to be near him. He was fighting, and he was losing weight. He was just doing his own thing, and I respect him. He pointed at me and said, “ He is very small. “I’m going to stand [near him] As if this was funny, I tried to size him up, and he pointed at me again and said I was a zero. “
“When he said that, for the first time I just walked up to him with a smile and looked at him,” Dvalishvili continued. “After that, I just had a good laugh. I respectfully had a big fight with him. I didn’t want to mess up his fight or his energy or anything. Don’t call him stupid, fight, and I don’t want him to What to deal with.”
Yan lost to O’Malley by split decision.
Dvalishvili will have a chance to exact revenge on Yan when they collide in the UFC Las Vegas main event this Saturday. Evening (March 11, 2023) in the theater at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. A victory for “The Machine” could make him one of the shortest bantamweight title contenders, second only to O’Malley.
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