Merab Dvalishvili Papakha Hat has a SAS backstory behind it

UFC bantamweight Merab Dvlishvili is set to face the biggest challenge of his career. The UFC fighter will face former double-champion Henry Cejudo at UFC 298. The two fighters would go back and forth on social media but would eventually settle their differences in the Octagon on February 17, 2024. Merab is currently #2. UFC Bantamweight Rankings.

The Georgian professional mixed martial artist made his last step into the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 221 against former division champion Petr Yan. He was able to put on an impressive performance by keeping the pace and pressure on his opponent and won by unanimous decision. After the win, he extended his winning streak to nine fights, the second longest in the division.

Along with his UFC performances, fans also know the fighter for his goofy antics and stand-out outfits. A staple of his walkouts and post-fight interviews is his hat, called a papkha. In a recent interview with UFC 298 Countdown, he shared, “This hat here, is made of goat hair. Georgians wore these in the mountains.” Shows its cultural value to its community and country.

Merab Dvalishvili left Georgia for the United States to pursue his UFC dream

Merab Dvalishvili has one of the most inspiring journeys, from poverty to UFC. Bantamweight said, “When I was growing up it was a very difficult time, the Georgian economy was down, and most people had no food and no money. But my parents were a big inspiration for me because they always gave me good directions in life. He spoke about his struggle and the support of his family.

Merab Dwishvili
Merab Dvalishvili (Credit -X)

The UFC fighter was born in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR and grew up in independent Georgia. He initially trained in Sambo and Judo when he was young for self-defense. Later, he moved to the United States at the age of 21 to become a professional MMA fighter, training under Ray Longo and Matt Serra. He has spoken about his difficult childhood, which often involved street fights.

Dvalishvili credits his upbringing and value system, which has allowed him to become one of the best fighters in the UFC. He also owes a lot to his family’s support throughout his endeavours. Merab states, “They told me you have to earn everything. So it was not difficult to leave my family and immigrate to the United States because I have a goal. I want to be a UFC fighter and represent the Georgian flag.

This shows what it means for a bantamweight to hold up his country’s flag and represent his community. Merab Dvishvili has inspired a whole new generation with his papakha, which is a symbol of honor and bravery and is also worn by leaders and dignitaries in the region.

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