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Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili to headline UFC Fight Night in Virgin Hotels

LockerRoom Team
29 January 2023

The first UFC event will take place at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, a member of the Curio Collection by Hilton. The main event will feature a high-stakes bantamweight fight between No. 2 contender Petr Yan and No. 3 Merab Dvalishvili. The co-main event, which pits No. 8 heavyweight Alexander Volkov against No. 13 Alexandr Romanov, is sure to be explosive.

Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili to headline

Yan (16-4, competing out of Omsk, Russia), a former UFC bantamweight champion, intends to make a statement and return to the top spot. Yan, who holds master's degrees in both boxing and mixed martial arts, has won convincingly against Cory Sandhagen, former UFC featherweight champion José Aldo, and Urijah Faber. He now aims to start 2023 off strong by putting a stop to rising rival Dvalishvili.

Dvalishvili (15-4, from Long Island, New York, originally from Tbilisi, Georgia) hopes to win his first UFC main event by taking down a different former champion. Dvalishvili, who holds the record for the most takedowns landed at 135 pounds (50), has triumphed over Cody Stamann, Marlon Moraes, and José Aldo. The native of Georgia is now focused on bolstering Yan's already outstanding résumé and pressing his claim to a crack at the crown.

Volkov to fight Romanov

With another spectacular finish, knockout prodigy Volkov (35-10, competing out of Moscow, Russia) hopes to climb into the top five. He has defeated tough opponents like Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alistair Overeem, and former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, demonstrating his potential as a dangerous striker. In order to put himself in the running for a championship opportunity, Volkov hopes to add Romanov's name to his lengthy list of stunning knockouts.

Romanov, a rising fighter (16-1, competing out of Comrat, Moldova), enters the Octagon with the goal of securing the greatest victory of his career in a convincing manner. Romanov, a versatile heavyweight, made a statement in the division by defeating Chase Sherman, Jared Vanderaa, and Juan Espino. Now, Romanov wants to make a statement by defeating the leading competitor Volkov to kick off a significant 2023 campaign.

Other fights on the card

Taekwondo black belt meets Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Ricardo Ramos (16-4, fighting out of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil) Austin Lingo (9-1, from Dallas, Texas), competing at featherweight, in a style thriller

In a captivating bantamweight contest, Raphael Assunço (28-9, competing out of Alpharetta, Georgia) squares up against Kyler Phillips (10-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona).

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A thrilling light heavyweight matchup between Santa Luzia, Minas Gerais, Brazil's Vitor Petrino (7-0) and Göteborg, Sweden's Anton Turkalj (8-1), which opens the main programme, is on the line.

In a heavyweight battle, former contestants from Dana White's Contender Series Karl Williams (7-1, fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia) and Lukasz Brzeski (8-2-1, fighting out of Kraków, Poland) square off.

At bantamweight, Mario Bautista (10-2, competing out of Glendale, Arizona) will take on Guido Cannetti (10-7, fighting out of Buenos Aires, Argentina) in an attempt to make it four fights in a row.

In a bantamweight match, Victor Henry (22-6, competing out of Los Angeles, California) squares off against Tony Gravely (23-8, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida), a former contestant on Dana White's Contender Series.

Undefeated Sedriques Dumas, a member of Dana White's Contender Series who fights out of Pensacola, Florida (7-0), wants to defeat Abu Azaitar to get his first UFC victory (14-3-1, fighting out of Rabat, Morocco) at a medium weight

As Ariane Lipski (14-8, fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil) takes on JJ Aldrich, bantamweights attempt to steal the show (11-5, fighting out of Denver, Colo.)

Tyson Nam (21-12-1, fighting out of Portland, Oregon) squares off against Bruno Silva in a gripping flyweight match (22-8, fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil)

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