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Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili Targeted as UFC’s March 11 Headliner

Petr Yan Photo: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

A pivotal bantamweight fight will headline UFC’s Fight Night event on March 11, 2023.

Petr Yan (16-4) will face Merab Dvalishvili (15-4) in Las Vegas card main event, according to reports las vegas review magazine.

According to initial reports, a verbal agreement has been reached for the fight.

Unlike UFC Apex, the show will be held in a theater at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas, and a large fan attendance is expected.

Yan is looking to end the two-match series in this fight after losing in a close result in a rematch with Aljaman Sterling last April. A second split decision also didn’t work out at UFC 280 in October, when Sean O’Malley topped the judges.

Yan won the promoted bantamweight title with a TKO over Jose Aldo in 2020, but lost the belt via DQ when the pair illegally kneed Sterling in their first encounter the following year. He then won the provisional belt against Cory Sandhagen, but lost the rematch against Sterling.

Dvalishvili, a teammate of Sterling’s, has steadfastly refused to fight his friend for eight straight victories. That streak includes names like Marlon Moraes and Jose Aldo.

UFC’s March 11, 2023 Fight Night event currently includes the following fights:

  • Merab Dvalishivli vs. Petr Yan
  • Abu Azaitar vs. Cedric Dumas
  • Lukasz Brzeski vs. Carl Williams
  • JJ Aldridge vs. Ariana Lipsky
  • Rafael Assuncao vs. Kyler Phillips

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