UFC No. 1 ranked lightweight Merab Dvalishvili shared his thoughts on a potential fight with Cory Sandhagen, who challenged him after winning the UFC on ESPN 43 tournament.
Now Cory will probably be ranked third, so I like that fight. As long as my friend Aljamain Sterling is the champion, I just want to sweep the division. I need new challenges, so a fight with Cory really makes sense. I'm ready to fight him anytime.
Recall that on the night of March 26 at UFC on ESPN 43, Cory Sandhagen defeated Marlon Vera by split decision.
Sandhagen had previously appeared in the Octagon in September 2022 at UFC Fight Night 210, defeating Song Yadong by TKO in the fourth round. The 30-year-old Sandhagen has 16 wins and four losses under his belt.
Dvalishvili, 32, faced Petr Yan at UFC Fight Night 221 in March 2023. This full-distance confrontation ended with the Georgian fighter winning by unanimous decision of the judges. Merab has 15 wins and four losses under his belt.