Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili – Preview & Matchup Analysis

UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In one of the matchups on the fight card, Jose Aldo will take on Merab “The Machine” Dvalishvili in the Bantamweight Bout. You can view the full UFC 278 card.

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

The 35-year-old, Jose Aldo is coming in with a 31-7-0 record. Aldo will be fighting for the first time since a win via unanimous decision against Rob Font at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Aldo in December.

Dvalishvili, meanwhile, is coming off a KO/TKO win against Marlon Moraes on December 4, 2021 at UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega and holds a 14-4-0 record.

Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili
5′ 7″
5′ 6″
135 lbs.
135 lbs.

Jose Aldo has an orthodox fighting stance with a 70″ reach. The 31-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.

Jose Aldo:
→ Aldo’s striking accuracy is 46%.
→ Aldo lands 3.61 significant strikes per minute.
→ Aldo’s takedown accuracy is 54%.
→ Aldo’s takedown average is 0.51 per 15 minutes.
→ Aldo’s takedown defense is 90%.

Aldo comes in with 46% striking accuracy, typically landing about 3.61 significant strikes every minute. On the other side, Dvalishvili fires at 41% accuracy, landing about 4.26 significant strikes per minute. Jose Aldo also has a 54% takedown accuracy and on average gets around 0.51 takedowns every 15 minutes, compared to Dvalishvili’s 7.30 takedowns and 78% takedown accuracy.

Merab Dvalishvili:
→ Dvalishvili’s striking accuracy is 41%.
→ Dvalishvili lands 4.26 significant strikes per minute.
→ Dvalishvili’s takedown accuracy is 45%.
→ Dvalishvili’s takedown average is 7.30 per 15 minutes.
→ Dvalishvili’s takedown defense is 78%.

Merab spent on average 14:23 minutes in the Octagon and Jose has an average fight time of 14:11 minutes.

This looks like an fun matchup, at least on paper. UFC 278 is live in , who do you think will win, Jose or Merab? Sound off in the comments.

Event Name
UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2
August 20, 2022
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili

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