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Merab Dvalishvili dominates former champ Henry Cejudo



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Henry Cejudo. Photo via Instagram (@henry_cejudo)

There was a lot at stake when Henry Cejudo clashed with Merab Dvalishvili on the main card of UFC 298. Ahead of the fight Cejudo vowed to retire if he lost the bout.

Betting favorite Dvalishvili got clipped early by a heavy punch but recovered before taking the fight to the ground. Cejudo got up. Dvalishvili connected with a good punch of his own but Cejudo ended up on top where he got good work done.

Competitive start of the second round. Both landed good but Dvalishvili connected with the hardest as Cejudo entered the exchanges with his chin high.The Georgian ended the round with a submission attempt.

In round three, momentum shifted completely as Dvalishvili took over the fight. Cejudo seemed to have injured his left forearm. Non-stop pressure from the Georgian who even picked up the former double-champion and carried him across the octagon.

After three rounds Dvalishvili stood as the winner with 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards.

“I’m ready for 10 rounds. Whoever will be champion, I’m going to face him next. I’ve been calling out Sean O’Malley since 2018. My only goal is title now,” Dvalishvili said after the fight.

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Henry Cejudo is historic

Former flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo was the fourth UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously, and the second to defend titles in two different weight divisions.

The 37-year-old is also the only fighter to win an Olympic gold medal and a UFC title.

At the moment it’s unclear if he will retire.

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