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Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili in the works for UFC 278

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The UFC bantamweight main event is in development.

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Top contenders Jose Aldo as well as Merab Dvalishvili collision expected on August 20 at UFC 278. The event takes place at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.

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On Tuesday, two people with knowledge of the booking briefed MMA Junkie on the target match but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. The match was first reported by an MMA reporter. Ariel Helwani.

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Aldo (31-7 MMA, 21-6 UFC) is on a three win streak including wins over Marlon Vera, Pedro Munoz and Rob Font. The streak, which began in 2020, is Aldo’s best ever and only at bantamweight. After reigning as champion and then top contender at featherweight, Aldo dropped to 135 pounds in 2019. After starting his tenure in the division at 0-2, Aldo rallied and is now close to a UFC title shot again.

Dvalishvili (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has meanwhile raced up the division ladder after starting his UFC stint 0-2. Dvalishvili is on a seven fight win streak at UFC 278. Notable victories include Marlon Moraes, Cody Stamann and John Dodson. At UFC on ESPN 10, Dvalishvili broke the UFC/WEC bantamweight record. most takedowns in a fight from 13.

In addition, UFC 278 includes:

  • Champion Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards – for welterweight title

  • Jose Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili

  • Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold

  • Luis Saldana vs Sean Woodson

  • Tsileng Aori vs. Jay Perrin

  • Victor Altamirano vs. Jake Hadley

  • Harry Hunsaker vs Tyson Pedro



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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