The 34-year-old Georgian put together an emphatic winning streak, which included incredible performances of the night over Kyle Daukaus, Phil Hawes and Jack Hermansson.
Each of those wins presented a new wrinkle in Dolidze’s game and proved he was ready to compete with the best middleweights the UFC had to offer. That’s why Dolidze couldn’t have been more excited to get the call to face former world title challenger Marvin Vettori at UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3.
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“Marvin is a very good fighter and a very good opponent. He has a very good experience because he has fought a lot of good opponents. It’s good for my career and for my future,” Dolidze told UFC.com. “It’s a very good opportunity for me. He’s ranked higher than me and I’m very happy that the UFC is giving me that chance.
The UFC gave Dolidze a similar opportunity when they asked him to step in on short notice to fight Hermansson at UFC Orlando. Not only did he make the most of his first Top 10 breakthrough, but with his victory over Hermansson, he showed that he is a go-to fighter who fans can expect to put on some thrilling performances.