Merab Dvalishvili Is Fighting for More Than a Title Shot Against Petr Yan

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By Justin Barrasso “I am fighting for my country.” Welcome to The Weekly Takedown, Sports Illustrated’s in-depth look at MMA. Every week, this column offers insight and information on the most noteworthy stories in the fight world. Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili will headline UFC Fight Night on Saturday. Stepping out of the Apex, the card takes place at The Theater at Virgin Hotels, and there is a considerable amount at stake in this one. Yan has had a two-fight losing streak, and he desperately needs to win this bout. For Dvalishvili, who has ripped off eight victories in a row, this fight re…

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