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He is from Russia; He is not a great human: Merab Dvalishvili on Petr Yan

LockerRoom Team
09 March 2023

Merab Dvalishvili thinks that Petr Yan is not a great human.

Before their main event fight on Saturday, Dvalishvili called Yan a litany of slurs and expletives during a UFC Fight Night 221 pre-fight news conference on Wednesday. According to Dvalishvili, the rivalry has a number of historical roots.

“I have many reasons. First, this fight is not only a fight. It’s personal to me. He’s from Russia, I’m from Georgia. We all know Russia what they’re doing to Ukraine now, what they did to Georgia. Russia is not a (politically) democratic country. I know I want to win for my people. I have so much support from my country and so much support from Ukraine, too,” he told the reporters ahead of the fight this weekend (h/t MMA Junkie).

Merab added that Yan is not a great human being but admitted that he is a good fighter.

“Petr is a great fighter. He is a former champion. We all know he’s tough. As a fighter, he’s a great fighter. He’s dangerous. He doesn’t have holes anywhere. He’s a good striker. He is a good striker. He defends wrestling good. His cardio is good. This is my toughest fight. And I have other reasons. I think he’s a great fighter, and a good family guy, but he’s not a humble guy. He’s not a great human. It doesn’t matter how good of a fighter you are, you have to be a good person,” he added.

He doubled down on the accusations and said that fighters should treat people correctly.

“You have to treat people well. I don’t care if you’re a good fighter or not. I just want to be a good man for people and to give an example to other people. He’s a cheater. He was champion and he didn’t know the rule. He was disrespectful to my friend. He didn’t use his platform when he was champion. He wasn’t doing great things. He wasn’t doing any charity or doing any humble things. I don’t think he’s a good guy. Maybe he’s good for his family, but other than that, what is he doing?,” he added.

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