Ricky Simon fought in “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series”, and even though he didn’t snag a contract then, apparently being on that show puts you on Sean Shelby’s secondary call list.

Merab Dvalishvili trains under Matt Serra and Ray Longo, so you can bet you’ll hear some choice yelling from his corner. Also, he was on “Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight” – hey, what is this? The battle of the TV shows?

Dvalishvili is a total whirling dervish, winging spinning hook-kicks repeatedly, throwing spinning elbows, exploding into takedowns, and trading leather once he and Simon settle into boxing mode. Simon does well trying to keep up, but in an instant a right uppercut drops him, and he’s fleeing for his life while Dvalishvili swarms him. Miraculously, Simon survives; he’s getting eaten alive, though.

Things slow a tiny bit in the second, which gives Simon a chance to box and not get killed, as well as score a takedown of his own. Dvalishvili pays him back with a slam, and they spend the rest of the round wrestling like madmen.

The wrestling and boxing festival continues into the third, but in the final minute or so, Dvalishvili shoots for a takedown, Simon latches on with a guillotine and rolls into mount, and it’s suddenly a race to see if Dvalishvili can stay conscious or will Simon put him to sleep.

And at the horn, despite Dvalishvili kicking his legs to show he’s alive, the ref stops it.

Results: Ricky Simon def. Merab Dvalishvili via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 5:00, R3