Former UFC Bantamweight champion and current No. 2-ranked contender, Petr Yan, will fight No. 3-seeded Merab Dvalishvili inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 11, 2023.
Sources confirmed to MMAmania.com on Tuesday night that the talented 135-pound standouts have verbally agreed to the headlining bout. Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report the news.
Yan (16-4) is on the first two-fight losing streak of his career, dropping back-to-back split decisions. Most recently, the 29-year-old lost to Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 in the “Fight of the Night” (watch highlights). Before that, he lost to Aljamain Sterling in a title unification bout at UFC 273.
Dvalishvili (15-4), meanwhile, is coming off the biggest win of his career, defeating former Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, at UFC 278 via unanimous decision. The Georgian fighter is riding an eight-fight win streak with wins over Marlon Moraes, Cody Stamann, John Dodson and Casey Kenney, among others.