Despite going 1-3 in his last four, Petr Yan is the betting favorite vs. the streaking Merab Dvalishvili.
Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili headlines a UFC Fight night at The Theater at Virgin Hotels on March 10th. Let's take a look at the official betting odds:
Odds provided by sportsbet.io Accurate as of February 1st 2:30 PM EST.
Petr Yan -193, Merab Dvalishvili +137.
Yan opened at more than -215 in this matchup, but the odds have gotten closer. As aforementioned, Yan has a 1-3 record in his last four fights inside the octagon. It began at UFC 259, where he landed an illegal knee on Aljamain Sterling and was consequently disqualified from the bout, losing his title. The next defeat came at the hands of Sterling again, where he lost a controversial decision at UFC 273. And finally, Yan lost arguably the most disputed decision of the year vs. Sean O'Malley at UFC 280. Despite all this, many consider him 4-0 and still the best Bantamweight in the world.
Riding eight wins in a row, including a Comeback of The Year vs. Marlon Moraes and a win over the legend Jose Aldo, Merab Dvalishvili is on the hottest streak of his career. Part of the Georgian wave of top contenders, he's also the teammate of current champion Aljamain Sterling, the man who knows the most about fighting Petr Yan. Many fans believe his time to shine is now and that he will eventually become a champion. His next fight is the time to prove it against his toughest test to date.
Odds via Fightodds.io
Petr Yan (-275) vs. Sean O'Malley (+235) - UFC 280
Petr Yan (-380) vs. Alamain Sterling 2 (+340) - UFC 273
Petr Yan (-250) vs. Cory Sandhagen (+210) - UFC 267
Petr Yan (-122) vs. Aljamain Sterling (+112) - UFC 259
Petr Yan (-235) vs. Jose Aldo (+215) - UFC 251
Odds via Fightodds.io
Merab Dvalishvili (-135) vs. Jose Aldo (+125) - UFC 278
Merab Dvalishvili (-265) vs. Marlon Moraes (+245) - UFC 266
Merab Dvalishvili (-255) vs. Cody Stamann (+235) - UFC Vegas 25
Merab Dvalishvili (-260) vs. John Dodson (+240) - UFC 252
Merab Dvalishvili (-785) vs. Gustavo Lopez (+625) - UFC Vegas 2
With the man who defeated Yan twice in his corner, Merab Dvalishvili will have a distinct advantage in this fight. Will it be enough? Let us know your prediction in the comments below.