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John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili on Deck For UFC 252 in August

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A bantamweight matchup between two-time UFC flyweight title challenger, John ‘The Magician’ Dodson, and surging 135-pound contender, Merab Dvalishvili is set to feature at UFC 252 on August 15th. – from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jackson-Wink MMA mainstay, Dodson – returned to winning ways in his last outing, scoring an eye-catching knockout win over uber-prospect, Nathaniel Wood at UFC Fight Night Rio Rancho in February. Georgian grappler, Dvalishvili faced former Comabate Americas bantamweight best, Gustavo Lopez on short-notice at UFC Fight Night Vegas in June – scoring a comfortable unanimous judging win. News of the pairing was initially reported by MMA Junkie trio, Nolan King, Farah Hannoun, and John Morgan.

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Prior to his shocking win over Wood, Albequerque native, Dodson dropped decision defeats to recent bantamweight title winner, Petr Yan, and perennial contender, Jimmie Rivera. The 35-year-old holds notable Octagon triumphs over the likes of Tim Elliott, Jussier Formiga, Eddie Wineland, Pedro Munhoz, John Moraga (x2), Manvel Gamburyan, as well as former two-time 135-pound best, T.J. Dillashaw where he claimed The Ultimate Fighter 14 crown.

Beginning his UFC stint with two controversial defeats to Frankie Saenz, and Ricky Simon – Serra-Longo Fight Team trainee, Dvalishvili has scored wins over Terion Ware, Brad Katona, Casey Kenney, and the aforenoted, Lopez since. The 29-year-old Judo black belt claimed the #15 rank in the official bantamweight pile off the back of his most recent victory in June.

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