UFC: 'Sean O'Malley Is A Good Fighter, But It's My Time Now' - Merab Dvalishvili

During the interaction, Merab Dvalishvili also called Conor McGregor one of his “best friends” and said he'll be rooting for the Irishman against Michael Chandler.
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Merab Dvalishvili will fight Sean O'Malley for the UFC bantamweight title

Sean O’Malley avenged his sole career loss against Marlon “Chito” Vera at UFC 299, which was not very long ago. The win took his winning streak to ten, following which Sean decided to elevate himself as a double champion. Grabbing the mic post-fight, O'Malley didn't waste any time and called out featherweight champion Ilia Topuria for a champion vs champion fight. The challenge was respectfully declined by the Spaniard, who advised O'Malley to first defend his belt against the top challenger from his division before considering a bout against him.
This immediately got Merab Dvalishvili into the picture, who after beating Henry Cejudo at UFC 298 had expressed the desire to battle O'Malley for the belt. If we compare the two, Dvalishvili certainly is a hot contender, and with both fighters now appearing to be on the same page, there is every possibility of Dvalishvili snatching the title from O'Malley. And while we wait for an official date, the duo has begun building up the hype.
“I will smash O’Malley inside the cage and then smash his coach outside of the cage,” reads one of Dvalishvili's tweets. Sean also has responded with equal venom, only adding to the excitement.
If we compare the two, Dvalishvili also enjoys a ten-fight winning streak and has been assertive to claim a knockout victory over the champion. “Be ready Sean O’Malley because I'm coming for you. I'm gonna knock you out, I’m gonna knock you out Mexican style,” said Dvalishvili while responding to a question by Sports Now on the social media exchange during a media interaction.
Out of the ten-fight winning streak, Dvalishvili has managed only one win in the form of a knockout, and the rest being decision victories. Hence, to do what he is not used to, in this case, a knockout, Dvalishvili has already started altering his fighting technique. “I’m always training and my preparation is to knock him out. Now I'm changing my style. I'm trying to get better in striking and focus on Mexican style boxing and this is my strategy and everyone will see a knockout.”
When asked to rate O’Malley as an opponent and his dominant run both as and before being the champion, the challenger said: “I don't care about his winning streak. I want to win. This is my career, this is my family, this is my team, my country, and that's what we do. We are fighting and we're gonna see who’s better. I believe I am better. I'm a better fighter.
“I don't have anything personal against him, I like him. He's a good fighter but it's my time now and I believe I can beat him.”
‘I’m rooting for Conor Mcgregor
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Merab Dvalishvili with Conor McGregor and Aljamain Sterling
During the interaction, Dvalishvili also called Conor McGregor one of his “best friends”. And when Sports Now asked him to weigh in on the Irish’s big return to the Octagon against Michael Chandler, Dvalishvili said he’ll root for McGregor.
“I'm rooting for Conor McGregor. It's gonna be hard to for him to come from a big injury. We all know he broke his leg in his last fight. It's gonna be hard, but I wish, and I hope he's gonna come back strong.
“It's a fight, everything is possible, but I hope Conor McGregor wins and I believe he can win this fight. Even I like Mike Chandler too, but I respect Conor McGregor. He's coming back from a big injury and he's still fighting, he was a multiple-time champion, and even though he’s doing good in life, he's still fighting.”
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