Levan Makashvili suffered his first Ultimate Fighting Championship lost at UFC Fight Night 70, after losing via split decision to Hacran Dias in Hollywood, Florida.
Makashvili previously stepped into the octagon less than two months ago where he defeated Mark Eddiva at UFC Fight Night 66. Makashvili tried to use his clinch game to his advantage, but Dias had other ideas.
Makashvili attempted to be the aggressor, but Dias continued to stay in the fight. In the final minutes of round one, Makashvili was taken down by Hacran Dias.
Makashvili came out with punches in bunches in in the opening seconds. Makashvili scored a takedown, but it was Hacran Dias who countered with an arm-bar that forced Makashvili back to his feet.
Dias attempted two submission attempts and completed a sweep, but Makashvili quickly regained the top position. Again, Hacran Dias scored a late takedown before the bell.
Makashvili took a slower approach in the final round, both fighters eventually broken up by referee John McCarthy. Dias attempted another takedown in the final minutes of round three as the crowd booed in displeasure.
Makashvili was able to counter Dias’ takedown, muscling Dias to the mat. Makashvili landed a few strikes from the top positions the clock ran out.
Dias went on to win (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) over Makashvili.
The former CFFC featherweight champion and current New York resident is (1-1) in the UFC. This is Malashvili first lost since losing to Alexandre Bezerra via majority decision in August 2014.