Cody Stamann vs. Merab Dvalishvili in the works for UFC event on Dec. 5

Cody Stamann | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bantamweights Cody Stamann and Merab Dvalishvili are expected to meet at the upcoming UFC card scheduled on Dec. 5. Multiple people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the plans to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report from The Athletic. Following a unanimous decision loss in his last fight to Jimmie Rivera in July, Stamann will attempt to get back to his winning ways with the fight against Dvalishvili. Prior to his recent loss, Stamman had gone 2-0-1 in his past three outings including victories over Brian Kelleher and Alejandro Perez. As for Dvalishvili, the Georgian native has quickly become one of the most hyped prospects in the UFC’s 135-pound division. After suffering back-to-back losses in his first two UFC fights, Dvalishvili has rattled off five straight wins including a decision victory over Ultimate Fighter 14 champion John Dodson in his most recent appearance inside the octagon. Now Dvalishvili looks to continue his climb up the ranks with the fight against Stamann planned for December.

Cody Stamann vs. Merab Dvalishvili in the works for UFC event on Dec. 5
Cody Stamann | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bantamweights Cody Stamann and Merab Dvalishvili are expected to meet at the upcoming UFC card scheduled on Dec. 5.

Multiple people with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the plans to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report from The Athletic.

Following a unanimous decision loss in his last fight to Jimmie Rivera in July, Stamann will attempt to get back to his winning ways with the fight against Dvalishvili. Prior to his recent loss, Stamman had gone 2-0-1 in his past three outings including victories over Brian Kelleher and Alejandro Perez.

As for Dvalishvili, the Georgian native has quickly become one of the most hyped prospects in the UFC’s 135-pound division. After suffering back-to-back losses in his first two UFC fights, Dvalishvili has rattled off five straight wins including a decision victory over Ultimate Fighter 14 champion John Dodson in his most recent appearance inside the octagon.

Now Dvalishvili looks to continue his climb up the ranks with the fight against Stamann planned for December.

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Paulo Costa bickers with Israel Adesanya over grappling credentials: “You never put a gi on your skinny body’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa has been billed a striker’s delight, but should the fight end up going to the ground, both men are eager to show their stuff. At least that’s the case if their back-and-forth chatter at Thursday’s UFC 253 pre-fight press conference is any indication. Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Costa in Saturday’s main event and while both are known for their stunning knockouts and standup games, it became personal when the topic of grappling was raised. “Before I become a striker I was a grappler,” Costa said. “I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu, my brother’s gym, my coach. I have a lot of knowledge on BJJ. Yes, this fight can be on the ground also.” Adesanya interjected, criticizing Costa for a loss that he had competing in an exhibition bout on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 six years ago. “Borrachinha” bowed out of the reality show’s middleweight tournament after dropping a split decision to Marcio Alexandre Jr. in the quarter-finals. “You sucked as grappler,” Adesanya said. “Whenever he shoots, he loses his gas tank within the first or second shot.” “You never saw my grappling,” Costa replied. “No one needs to see your grappling because you suck,” Adesanya continued. “You were on TUF on the floor saying, ‘No, I gave my all. I give 100 percent.’ You can’t grapple for sh*t.” In 33 combined pro bouts between Adesanya and Costa—all wins—there is only one submission to be found, with Costa scoring a rear-naked choke submission win over Eduardo Ramon at a Jungle Fight show in May 2016. Nevertheless, the headliners continued to bicker over who could make the other tap. When Costa questioned Adesanya’s fundamentals, “The Last Stylebender” threatened to submit Costa with a variety of exotic holds. “Bullsh*t,” Costa said. “You’re a blue belt in jiu-jitsu. You cannot say nothing about jiu-jitsu. You’re like a kid in in jiu-jitsu. You don’t know how to do an armlock.” “I’ll berimbolo you if I wanted to,” Adesanya said. “I’ll grab your f*cking collar right now and put you in a bow-and-arrow.” “You never put a gi on your skinny body,” Costa said. “Talk about jiu-jitsu with me. You’re crazy.” Adesanya closed out the exchange, joking “I take acai too.”

Paulo Costa bickers with Israel Adesanya over grappling credentials: “You never put a gi on your skinny body’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa has been billed a striker’s delight, but should the fight end up going to the ground, both men are eager to show their stuff.

At least that’s the case if their back-and-forth chatter at Thursday’s UFC 253 pre-fight press conference is any indication. Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Costa in Saturday’s main event and while both are known for their stunning knockouts and standup games, it became personal when the topic of grappling was raised.

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“Before I become a striker I was a grappler,” Costa said. “I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu, my brother’s gym, my coach. I have a lot of knowledge on BJJ. Yes, this fight can be on the ground also.”

Adesanya interjected, criticizing Costa for a loss that he had competing in an exhibition bout on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 six years ago. “Borrachinha” bowed out of the reality show’s middleweight tournament after dropping a split decision to Marcio Alexandre Jr. in the quarter-finals.

“You sucked as grappler,” Adesanya said. “Whenever he shoots, he loses his gas tank within the first or second shot.”

“You never saw my grappling,” Costa replied.

“No one needs to see your grappling because you suck,” Adesanya continued. “You were on TUF on the floor saying, ‘No, I gave my all. I give 100 percent.’ You can’t grapple for sh*t.”

In 33 combined pro bouts between Adesanya and Costa—all wins—there is only one submission to be found, with Costa scoring a rear-naked choke submission win over Eduardo Ramon at a Jungle Fight show in May 2016. Nevertheless, the headliners continued to bicker over who could make the other tap.

When Costa questioned Adesanya’s fundamentals, “The Last Stylebender” threatened to submit Costa with a variety of exotic holds.

“Bullsh*t,” Costa said. “You’re a blue belt in jiu-jitsu. You cannot say nothing about jiu-jitsu. You’re like a kid in in jiu-jitsu. You don’t know how to do an armlock.”

“I’ll berimbolo you if I wanted to,” Adesanya said. “I’ll grab your f*cking collar right now and put you in a bow-and-arrow.”

“You never put a gi on your skinny body,” Costa said. “Talk about jiu-jitsu with me. You’re crazy.”

Adesanya closed out the exchange, joking “I take acai too.”

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