While he’s not the current bantamweight titleholder, Yan has kept a close eye on other top contenders in the division. He chose to fight a surging star in O’Malley despite the fight logistically not making a lot of sense for his title aspirations.
Yan knows that the bantamweight title picture is crowded, but doesn’t believe that Dvalishvili is a factor when it comes to a potential fight down the line.
Petr Yan Shuns Merab Dvalishvili’s Title Shot Aspirations
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Yan gave his thoughts on Dvalishvili and if a future fight between them makes sense.
“Merab only talks when there are cameras around, when he knows they’re filming,” Yan said. “Right now, I don’t see him as a top contender.”
Yan was then asked if Dvalishvili’s win over José Aldo was impressive.
“You saw the fight, after that fight Aldo retired. Because of himself, not [because of Merab],” Yan opined.
Dvalishvili defeated Aldo via a unanimous decision at UFC 278. Aldo retired shortly afterward and is focused on a potential move to the boxing ring.
Dvalishvili has won eight in a row and could be on the way to facing a top bantamweight challenger such as Yan and others. Despite his recent run of success, Yan doesn’t put much stock into Dvalishvili’s potential threat at the throne.
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