critical Merab Dvalishvili of UFC 278 vs. Jose Aldo: Despite picking up the biggest win of her career, Merib Dolishvili left the cage with mixed emotions.
Bantamweight contender Dvalishvili (15-4 MMA, 8-2 UFC) defeated former UFC and WEC champion Jose Aldo (31-8 MMA, 13-7 UFC) by unanimous decision on Saturday’s UFC 278 main card.
And although it was a big win for his resume, Dvalishvili isn’t too satisfied with his show.
“Yes and no, (I’m satisfied),” Dvalishvili told reporters in a UFC 278 post-fight interview when asked about his performance. “Of course, I wanted a more exciting fight and I wanted to take him down. But he was good, and it was hard to time him and take him down.
“Against the cage, he was good. He was defending my takedowns well. Also, I didn’t want to expend too much energy because I wanted to be ready to strike. But this is a fighting game. I Put him against the wall, and I was comfortably winning the fight. It’s his job to move and do something because I was winning the fight.
The win puts Dvalishvili on an impressive eight-fight winning streak. He is considered one of the top contenders in the division. But despite his solid run, Dolishvili says he is nowhere close to contending for the title. According to Dvalishvili, his friend and teammate Algemeen Sterling has the belt and a fight between the two is not on the table.
The 31-year-old still thinks there are good options for him at a weight class that doesn’t include him fighting Sterling for the belt.
“I’m sure I have a lot of fights left,” said Dovishvili. “There are so many. Our division is the most interesting. There are a lot of young people, former champions. Henry Cejudo is coming back. Actually, Aljo has to beat them – former champions.
“On Monday, I’ll be back in the gym helping Aljo. He’s helped me in this training camp in the gym, weight loss, everything. We have a big fight. Aljo fought for the title against a cheater. has been, and we have to beat T.J. Dillasha together.”