Merab Dvalishvili Commentary, Bellator 292 Recap, UFC 286 Preview (Noon ET)

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Check out this week’s “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly live show that takes a look at the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. This week’s panel of Danny Segura, Farah Hannoun and Brian “Goze” Garcia with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia will be live at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) to discuss and debate:

  • What a performance from Merab Dvalishvili this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 221, where he scored a clean unanimous decision victory over former bantamweight champion Petr Yan in the main event. What kind of statement did Dvalishvili make with his main presentation?

  • Yan was not long ago the UFC bantamweight champion and was doing well in his first defense against Aljamain Sterling heading into the rounds of the championship. Then that infamous illegal knee happened, leading to a disqualification and Yan losing his title. Including that fight, Yan is now 1-4 in his last five. What went wrong?

  • Bellator 292 took place last weekend in San Jose, where the lightweight grand prix kicked off with a pair of semifinals, including champion Usman Nurmagomedov running through Benson Henderson for victory application in the first round. The performance garnered much praise from MMA fans and the media for Khabib’s cousin as they called him one of the best lightweights on the planet. Agree or disagree?

  • After the fight, Henderson announced his retirement and put the gloves down in the cage. Henderson is a WEC OG who was, at one time, the best lightweight on the planet as the UFC champion. What did you think of seeing him lay down the gloves, and where do you rank him among the all-time lightweights?

  • UFC 286 takes place on Saturday, live from London, and will feature one of the most anticipated fights of the year, the trilogy between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman. We all remember last year when Usman was up on the judges’ scorecards until Edwards hit the Knockout of the Year head kick in the fifth round for the win. How big is this fight for both men, and how different will it be this time?

“Spinning Back Clique” will be released every Monday LIVE on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch this week’s program in the video above.

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