In the main event of UFC Fight Night 221, Merab Dvalishvili took on former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan. Despite being known for his overpowering boxing technique, Yan’s approach proved to be ineffective against Dvalishvili’s extremely active clinch wrestling. In fact, Dvalishvili broke the UFC record for attempted takedowns in a single fight.
Of the 49 takedown attempts, Dvalishvili successfully landed 11. He’s now tied for second for all-time landed takedowns in UFC history.
Dvalishvili lived up to his nickname “The Machine”’ on fight night by absolutely overwhelming Yan with unrelenting attacks. Yan simply never got an opportunity to regain his composure amidst Dvalishvili’s battery of takedown attempts, leg kicks, and boxing exchanges. Throughout the fight, Yan’s left eye injury continued to worsen until it was completely shut by the final round. Dvalishvili won every round, and to no one’s surprise, the judges’ decision.
The victory is likely to move Dvalishvili up to second place in the UFC rankings. Meanwhile, Yan finds himself falling into the first losing streak of his career.