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Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili Predictions & Tips – Aldo To Win UFC 278 Fight

17 Aug 2022
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  • Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili tips for Saturday, August 20
  • UFC 278 is taking place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, USA
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    Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili Predictions & Tips
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  • Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili FAQs

Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili Predictions & Tips


Jose Aldo is backed to secure a bantamweight title shot.

The Brazilian has a major advantage in the striking game and boasts outstanding takedown defense.

He is backed to keep this fight standing and out-point Merab Dvalishvili over three rounds.

  • Jose Aldo is on a 3-fight win streak
  • Jose Aldo’s last 3 wins have all come by decision
  • Jose Aldo boasts a 90% takedown defense
  • Jose Aldo has a 46% striking accuracy (Dvalishvili 41%)

Jose Aldo Form


Jose Aldo has breathed new life into this career with three straight wins over the past 19 months.

Aldo’s career went into freefall following his 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor back in 2015.

While he won his next fight, besting Frankie Edgar over five rounds, he went on to suffer back-to-back TKO losses at the hands of Max Holloway.

The 35-year-old Brazilian bounced back with TKO wins against Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano, but his joy was short-lived.

Aldo dropped a decision to Alexander Volkanovski, sparking a career-worst three fight losing skid.

He suffered a split decision defeat to Marlon Moraes before being knocked out by Petr Yan in a fight for the vacant bantamweight title.

The former featherweight champion has rebounded impressively though, reeling off three straight unanimous decision wins to resurrect his career.

He beat Marlon Vera in December 2020, Pedro Munhoz in August 2021 and Rob Font in December 2021.

Those victories took Aldo into the top five of the bantamweight division, and he now possesses professional record to 31-7. 

Merab Dvalishvili Form


Merab Dvalishvili is riding a seven-fight win streak heading into the biggest fight of his career to date.

Dvalishvili made a disappointing start to his UFC career after signing with the company in 2017.

He dropped a split decision in his debut fight against Frankie Saenz, and was then submitted by Ricky Simon in his sophomore outing.

The 31-year-old Georgian has not lost a fight since though.

Dvalishvili registered his first UFC win when he bested Terrion Ware via unanimous decision in September 2018, and that sparked a seven0fight win streak.

‘The Machine’ backed up his first UFC win with a decision success against Brad Katone in his only outing of 2019.

He then earned the nod from the judges in three bouts in 2020, beating Casey Kenny, Gustavo Lopez and John Dodson.

Dvalishvili’s rise then continued last year as he beat Cody Stamann by decision, and before the end of 2021 he finally notched his first UFC stoppage win, beating Marlon Moraes by TKO.

That improved his professional record to 14-4.

Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili FAQs

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Where is Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili taking place?

Jose Aldo vs Merab Dvalishvili is taking place at UFC 278 on Saturday, August 20 at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, USA.

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Verdict

Merab Dvalishvili is on a tear, but Jose Aldo has shown he is far from finished.

His striking edge and elite takedown defense is tipped to give the UFC legend the edge in this one.

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