Jonathan Martinez vs Zviad Lazishvili Odds, Preview and Prediction, October 23 (10/23): UFC
- Oct 21, 2021, 4:07:19 PM
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|Time (Preliminary Card)||1:00 p.m. EST|
|Jonathan Martinez money line||+165|
|Zviad Lazishvili money line||-205|
|Jonathan Martinez||Zviad Lazishvili|
The curtain jerker comes in the Bantamweight division, as Jonathan ‘Dragon’ Martinez takes on UFC debutant Zviad Lazishvili. This will be Martinez’s second fight in 2021, as he was stopped for the first time in his career by Davey Grant in May. Before the defeat, Martinez had won four of his last five fights. Meanwhile, Lazashvili steps in on three days' notice to make his long awaited UFC debut. One in which was supposed to happen at UFC Vegas 36 against Jack Shore. However, the undefeated Georgian suffered an injury and was subsequently released from the UFC. Perhaps unfairly, but he will get his chance inside the octagon.
I’ve flipped flopped on this fight because both men have contrasting styles. Jonathan Martinez is a striker who features power and an array of leg attacks. In fact, Martinez is morphing into Alistair Overeem, as he’s beginning to build a reputation for his knee strikes. In five UFC victories, Martinez has finished two opponents due to knee strikes. He’s going to need those knee strikes, as Zviad Lazishvili is going to look for takedowns early and often. An excellent wrestler with submission chops, Lazashvili has proven to be a handful thus far in mixed martial arts.
As for a prediction, I’m going with Martinez. While his takedown defense checks in at 63%, he’s been much better at fending off takedowns in his past three fights. In fact, Martinez has shrugged off nine of the ten attempts in that span. Another reason why I side with Martinez is not only for the reason that Lazashvili is coming into this on short notice, but the fact that it wasn’t until his eleventh fight that he fought someone other than a debuting fighter. In other words, he crushed a lot of cans before facing actual competition. So with all that said, I predict that Martinez wins this fight via late TKO.
PICK: Jonathan Martinez (+165)
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