Dvalishvili looked back on this tough loss on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
“I just feel like they took a win from me,” said Dvalishvili (transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti for MMA Fighting). “Because, my opinion, I think I won. I won the fight. I never tapped. I never was choked. I don’t know what’s happened. I don’t have an answer for what’s happened. I never tapped. I was still in, I was just waiting for my time, when time’s finished, and that’s it. I won it. I was winning the whole fight. I was conscious for the fight.”
Dvalishvili then recounted the moments he was locked up in Simon’s choke.
“I know I have to just wait one minute, and when time’s over, I win. And that’s what I did,” Dvalishvili said. “I showed the referee I’m good, I’m fine. I was moving my feet, I showed everyone I’m good. And when the referee tried to touch me [to see if I was conscious] and he told me to ‘show me your hands,’ I showed him my hands, whatever, my eyes, everything. I was in. I never was out, so I feel very bad. And I took my time, I was ready for when time was over, and finally, thank God, time was over.
“[The referee] said, ‘Oh, he’s out.’ I said, ‘I’m not out, I’m in. What are you talking about?’ I tried to stand up, and as soon as I started to stand up, the doctors were coming and they told me to stay down, stay down,” Dvalishvili added. “Of course, the fight was over, I knew I won and I trusted the doctors and I stayed down, and a couple seconds later I said, ‘I’m fine, I’m good, can I stand up now?’ They said, ‘No, stay down, stay down.’”
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