In a very short-notice fight, Gustavo Lopez makes his UFC debut against Merab Dvalishvili. Here’s how the Combate Americas Bantamweight Champion did in his debut.
Bout 4: Merab Dvalishvili (10-4) vs. Gustavo Lopez (11-4) (Bantamweight)
Lopez was the advancing fighter early, landing a leg kick to Dvalishvili. Dvalishvili tried for a takedown, with Lopez stayed on the feet. Dvalishvili kept a body lock on the back of Lopez, still trying to take the fight down. They separated and went back to striking a minute into the fight. Dvalishvili got on the back of Lopez again, getting him down to the knees that time. Dvalishvili was able to throw Lopez down on his back, securing a takedown with two minutes to go. Dvalishvili was on top in full guard. Lopez rolled out of the position after Dvalishvili got to his feet, taking the fight back to stand-up. Dvalishvili got a takedown, with Lopez trying for a guillotine from the bottom while going down. Dvalishvili escaped the choke and moved into full guard. Dvalishvili almost got into side control for a moment in the final minute. He stood up in the final moments, landing some hard punches to Lopez, who was still on his back.
Dvalishvili connected with a right hook after a body kick to start the second round. Dvalishvili got another takedown in the second minute of the fight. Moving into half guard, Dvalishvili landed some punches to the head and body of Lopez. He stepped into side control after, landing knees to the body of Lopez. Dvalishvili started to try for a headlock, trapping an arm of Lopez at the same time. Lopez slipped out eventually, getting back to the feet. Only moments after standing back up, Dvalishvili got another takedown. Lopez was able to roll out of the position and stand back up. Dvalishvili caught a leg but couldn’t get a takedown from it. Dvalishvili earned a double leg takedown after, with Lopez trying for a guillotine choke from the bottom. They stood back up again with 30 seconds to go. Dvalishvili caught a leg kick, sweeping the other leg of Lopez for a takedown. Dvalishvili got on the back of Lopez. They stood up, with Dvalishvili getting yet another takedown in the closing seconds of the round from a clinch.
After some striking started the final round, Dvalishvili got a takedown a minute in. They got up with three minutes left. A double leg takedown from Dvalishvili came quickly after, as he got into full mount this time. Lopez flipped over, as Dvalishvili got on his back. They got up again with half of the round to go. They went down again with two minutes left, as Dvalishvili took top position in full guard. Dvalishvili got on the back of Lopez with a minute to go in the fight. Lopez escaped, as they stood up again. Dvalishvili got a single leg takedown to end the fight. Going to the scorecards, all judges had it for Dvalishvili (30-26, 30-26 & 30-25)
RESULT: Merab Dvalishvili def. Gustavo Lopez via Decision, Unanimous
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