Update 11:00 p.m. ET The fighters are on the way to the cage, and we should be underway shortly!
UFC 278 comes to you live from the Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, August 20. The event will features 13 total bouts that will be getting started at 6 p.m. ET with the early preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV and will feature a bantamweight match between Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili.
Aldo (31-7) is a former UFC featherweight champion and future Hall of Famer. At age 35 Aldo continues to be one of the top contenders in the lower weight divisions and is currently riding a three-fight win streak over top-10 competition in the bantamweight division. Dvalishivili (14-4) had a tough start to his UFC run with consecutive losses, but he has since won seven straight going into tonight’s bout.
We will update this article with the results and relevant video once the fight ends.
Method of victory
Aldo to win by KO/TKO/DQ: +400
Aldo to win by submission: +1400
Aldo to win by decision: +250
Dvalishvili to win by KO/TKO/DQ: +550
Dvalishvili to win by submission: +1200
Dvalishvili to win by decision: +130
José Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Aldo
A close round, but the bigger strikes went to the veteran. Dvalishvili attempted to get it on the mat, but without much success.
Round 2: 10-9 Merab
Some better fight control, if not a lot of mat offense again. Dvalishvili was also able to land more strikes and sustain light periods of offense. It’s close, and should come down to the third round.
Round 3: 10-9 Merab
Too much offense from the challenger, who wins by attacking downhill most of the round. 5:06 of fight control is enough.
Merab wins by unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 28-29)
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