Merab Dvalishvili expected to be sidelined for 3 to 4 months following hand surgery

Merab Dvalishvili won’t be sidelined very long after undergoing surgery to repair damage to his hand.

The Georgian fighter, who’s rattled off nine consecutive UFC wins, recently went under the knife, but he’s already on the mend. He recently posted a video showing him taking down teammates while wearing a cast on his hand.

According to Dvalishvili’s manager, Oren Hodak from KO Reps, the 32-year-old bantamweight will spend the next six to eight weeks in a splint as he begins his recovery. Once the fusion in his hand has healed, he can start working out again with full punching likely allowed 10 to 12 weeks after surgery.

It’s a minor delay in Dvalishvili’s career, which has flourished recently as he’s climbed the bantamweight ladder. The veteran bantamweight hopes to earn a title shot in the near future.