It has been a long road, but Cody Stamann will finally get back in the octagon to face Merab Dvalishvili this weekend.
The bantamweight showdown takes place on the main card of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 25 event at the APEX. “The Spartan” was originally set to face Dvalishvili in December before an injury forced Stamann out of the matchup. The fight was scheduled to be re-booked in February before Dvalishvili tested positive for COVID-19, which led to more unfortunate events along the way.
With Dvalishvili’s scratch, Andre Ewell was slotted in to face Stamann at UFC Vegas 18 before a positive COVID-19 test forced Ewell out of the matchup. Newcomer Askar Askar would then be signed to the promotion as a short-notice replacement. On the day of the fight, Askar was not medically cleared to compete and, yet again, Stamann was left without an opponent and was scratched completely.
Check out an exclusive interview with Stamann as he joins MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck to discuss the long road to the matchup with Dvalishvili, realizing he made a mistake staying on the card after Ewell was scratched from the UFC Vegas 18 event, the Georgian fans giving him a hard time, the ending of the Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan title fight, T.J. Dillashaw being a cheater, Cory Sandhagen being the one 135er that would scare him, and more.