UFC’s top bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili bit off more than he could chew during a recent sparring session with Katarina Kavaleva.
Kavalena is a 31-year-old Belarusian heavyweight kickboxer who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs around 200 pounds, which means she is much taller than most female fighters.
In 2019, she represented Belarus at the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and won a bronze medal at heavyweight before claiming a world title in kickboxing.
Despite being one of the best 135-pound fighters on the planet, the five-foot-six UFC star didn’t have much luck against the woman who is almost a foot taller and 60 pounds taller. more than him.
‘The Machine’, who is known for her elite-level wrestling, sought to take advantage of her opponents by taking her down in their friendly bout.
However, Kavalena was able to stop the takedown attempt and lift Dvalishvili into the air with a move that looked like something you’d see pro wrestling legend The Undertaker do in WWE.
Rather than hitting the 31-year-old with a Tombstone Piledriver, Kavalena opted to playfully spin the MMA title contender around like he was a toddler before gently putting him back on the floor.
The spar returned to striking range and Kavalena showed off her deft movement and kicking ability before Dvalishvili gave her a real taste of her wrestling.
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On his second takedown attempt, the Georgian managed to put Kavalena on the ground before she popped up and continued throwing punches into the lag which apparently amused everyone.
Dvalishvili is currently ranked No. 3 in what is arguably the strongest division in the UFC after picking up eight straight wins over Jose Aldo, Marlon Moraes and John Dodson.
This weekend, he will be in Abu Dhabi to support his friend and teammate, Aljamain Sterling, who will defend his bantamweight title against former champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280.