Marlon Moraes to fight Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 266

Marlon Moraes before facing Cory Sandhagen in October 2020 | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Marlon Moraes vs Merab Dvalishvili is the latest addition to the UFC 266 card.

UFC 266 is continuing to shape as top bantamweight Marlon Moraes and Merab Dvalishvili are expected to meet on the card.

Dvalishvili’s coach, Ray Longo, announced the fight whilst appearing on the Anik & Florian Podcast earlier this week. Moraes currently sits at #6 in the UFC bantamweight rankings whilst Dvalishvili is a few spots behind him at #10.

Moraes (23-8-1) will hope to get back in the win column against Dvalishvili after suffering stoppage losses in his last two fights. A highlight reel spinning wheel kick at the hands of Cory Sandhagen and a first-round TKO defeat to Rob Font has left Moraes without a win since UFC 245 in December 2019.

Dvalishvili (13-4) finds himself in a very different position to Moraes, having won his last six UFC appearances. All of those wins have come by decision for the Georgian, most recently defeating Cody Stamann this past March. Dvalishvili won fights against John Dodson, Gustavo Lopez and Casey Kenney in 2020.

UFC 266 takes place on September 4th and is expected to feature a light heavyweight title bout between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. Also recently added to the card was a heavyweight fight between Curtis Blaydes and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

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