UFC Vegas 25 features a bantamweight showdown between ranked number 12 Merab Dvalishvili and ranked number 13 Cody Stamann. This is a crucial fight in the bantamweight division. Both Merab and Stamann have looked impressive in their UFC run so far.
However, only one of them will punch through the top 10 of the bantamweight division with a win at UFC Vegas 25. Cody Stamann is coming off a loss to UFC veteran, Jimmie Rivera while Merab Dvalishvili is on a sublime winning streak with 5 wins in UFC.
Merab Dvalishvili can cause some serious trouble for the top 5 bantamweights in UFC if he continues to dominate his opponents. But, can Cody Stamann bounce back from his loss and make a statement at UFC Vegas 25?
Merab Dvalishvili vs Cody Stamann Stats
Height/Reach- 5 ft 6 inches/ 68 inches
Striking accuracy- 37%
Grappling accuracy- 45%
5 fight winning streak in the bantamweight division
Height/Reach- 5 ft 7 inches/ 64.5 inches
Striking accuracy- 49%
Grappling accuracy- 49%
Merab Dvalishvili vs Cody Stamann Prediction:
Merab Dvalishvili had a rough start to his UFC career with two losses against Ricky Simon and Frankie Saenz. However, he did show potential in his first two fights. And now he is a completely different fighter. He has had significant improvements in his skillset and his last win against John Dodson was extremely impressive.
On the other hand, Cody Stamann has been rather inconsistent in the last few years. But, he has only lost to top fighters in the divisions. Stamann has losses against the now champion, Aljamain Sterlin, and UFC veteran, Jimmie Rivera. A win against Merab will be huge for Stamann at this point of his career. But, it’s very likely that Merab will get the job done against Stamann at UFC Vegas 25.
Neither Merab nor Stamann are known for their one-punch KO power and fans are going to get disappointed if they are expecting a brutal finish. However, this will be a highly technical fight. Stamann will keep up a high volume early in the fight. But, Merab will take over as the fight progresses with his superior grappling.
Merab Dvalishvili is hard to deal with when it comes to grappling, taking down his opponents, and dominating them against the cage. And Stamann struggled against Rivera who is a high-class grappler himself as well. Besides that, Merab trains with Aljamain Sterling who has already beaten Cody Stamann. So this will be an advantage for Merab going into this fight as well.
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Cody Stamman needs to do some serious damage with his striking early on if he is to win the fight. As the fight progresses, Merab will take Stamann out of his comfort zone and it will be predominantly a grappling matchup. Merab has the momentum with him as well with 5 wins in his last 5 fights and he will continue the winning streak.