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Batumi, Georgia’s Roman Dolidze earns 1st UFC win at ‘UFC Fight Night 172’ on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Roman Dolidze (©UFC)

Roman Dolidze (©UFC)

Roman Dolidze, 32, of Batumi, Adjara, Georgia successfully made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The undefeated Ukrainian-Georgian mixed martial artist was one of the “UFC Fight Night 172” winners.

Also called “UFC on ESPN+ 30,” “UFC Fight Night 172” featured 12 MMA matches on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island on July 19, 2020 in the UAE or July 18, 2020 in the United States. Dolidze fought Khadis Ibragimov, 25, of St. Petersburg, Russia in the light heavyweight division in the seventh bout, which was refereed by Herb Dean.

Dean put a stop to the light heavyweight contest after 4 minutes and 15 seconds in the first round. Dolidze knocked out Ibragimov via knee and punches.

This is the second time Dolidze knocked out an opponent in a professional MMA bout. Winning at “UFC Fight Night 172” improved the Batumi native’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 0 loss.

“He was a good opponent, tough opponent but I don’t like when someone looks at me like he done yesterday,” Dolidze said of Ibragimov. “This was his big mistake. That’s why it was like that today.”

All of Dolidze’s seven professional MMA wins were by either submission or knockout. Before joining the UFC, the Ukrainian-Georgian MMA fighter competed in Real Fight Promotion and World Warrios Fighting Championship.

On the other hand, Ibragimov made his UFC debut in 2019. The Russian MMA fighter now has 8 wins and 3 losses.

 

“UFC Fight Night 172” was the third UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A total and 17 countries were represented namely Armenia, Brazil, Canada, the DR Congo, England, Georgia, Iraq, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the U.S. and Wales.

Doldze solely represented Georgia. Ibragimov was one of the three representatives of Russia.

In the main event, Deiveson “Deus da Guerra” Figueiredo, 32, of Soure, Para, Brazil was crowned the new UFC Flyweight Champion after his rematch with Joseph Benavidez, 35, of Sacramento, California, USA. In the co-main event, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson, 32, of Norway and Sweden submitted Kelvin Gastelum, 28, of Yuma, Arizona, USA in the middleweight division.

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