John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili – Preview & Matchup Analysis

UFC 252: Stipe vs. Cormier 3 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 15, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In one of the matchups on the fight card, John “The Magician” Dodson will take on Merab “The Machine” Dvalishvili in the Bantamweight Bout. You can view the full UFC 252 card.

In this post, we will break down John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili matchup. Let’s take look at the fighter’s ages, their height, records, reach, fight stats and more below ⤵

The 38-year-old, John Dodson is coming in with a 22-11-0 record. Dodson will be fighting for the first time since a win via KO/TKO against Nathaniel Wood at UFC Fight Night: Anderson vs. Blachowicz in February.

Dvalishvili, meanwhile, is coming off a unanimous decision win against Gustavo Lopez on February 15, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo and holds a 11-4-0 record.

John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili
5′ 3″
5′ 6″
135 lbs.
135 lbs.

John Dodson has an orthodox fighting stance with a 66″ reach. The 32-year-old, Merab Dvalishvili is an orthodox fighter with a 68″ reach. An orthodox fighter stands with their left side forward and jabs with their left hand, the southpaw fighter is the opposite, southpaw stands with their right side forward and jabs with their right hand. In most cases, orthodox fighters are right-handed, if you are left-handed, then you fight southpaw.

John Dodson:
→ Dodson’s striking accuracy is 41%.
→ Dodson lands 3.30 significant strikes per minute.
→ Dodson’s takedown accuracy is 28%.
→ Dodson’s takedown average is 0.76 per 15 minutes.
→ Dodson’s takedown defense is 80%.

Dodson comes in with 41% striking accuracy, typically landing about 3.30 significant strikes every minute. On the other side, Dvalishvili fires at 39% accuracy, landing about 4.01 significant strikes per minute. John Dodson also has a 28% takedown accuracy and on average gets around 0.76 takedowns every 15 minutes, compared to Dvalishvili’s 8.67 takedowns and 80% takedown accuracy.

Merab Dvalishvili:
→ Dvalishvili’s striking accuracy is 39%.
→ Dvalishvili lands 4.01 significant strikes per minute.
→ Dvalishvili’s takedown accuracy is 50%.
→ Dvalishvili’s takedown average is 8.67 per 15 minutes.
→ Dvalishvili’s takedown defense is 80%.

Merab spent on average 15:00 minutes in the Octagon and John has an average fight time of 13:32 minutes.

This looks like an exciting matchup, at least on paper. UFC 252 is live in , who do you think will win, John or Merab? Sound off in the comments.

Event Name
UFC 252: Stipe vs. Cormier 3
August 15, 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
John Dodson vs. Merab Dvalishvili

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