Jonathan Martinez



Bounces back with win
October 23, 2021
Martinez defeated Zviad Lazishvili via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Highly inconsistent throughout the duration of his UFC run, Martinez bounced back nicely from a second-round knockout loss to Davey Grant in his most recent bout this past March. Martinez proved to be the more effective fighter on the feet, while also stuffing all six of Lazishvili's takedown attempts. The latter point is a big deal considering Martinez is pure striker and needs to keep his bouts standing if he hopes to have any sort of success. The 27-year-old California native improves to 5-3 in his first eight UFC fights.
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Gets new challenger
October 20, 2021
Martinez will now take on Zviad Lazishvili in a bantamweight bout at UFC Vegas 41 on Saturday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Martinez was supposed to take on Aaron Phillips before he was forced to withdraw due to an illness. Lazishvili will be making his UFC debut and is a perfect 12-0 as a professional. Martinez is hoping to bounce back from a KO loss back in March to Davey Grant.
Opponent withdraws
October 15, 2021
Martinez's opponent for his scheduled Oct. 23 fight, Aaron Phillips, withdrew due to illness Friday, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Phillips has tested negative for COVID-19 but is sick enough that he won't be able to get into fighting shape. With just eight days remaining before Martinez was supposed to fight, there may not be time to find him a new opponent to keep him on the card.
Fighting Phillips in October
September 17, 2021
Martinez will fight Aaron Phillips on October 23, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Phillips was originally slated to fight Kris Moutinho (undisclosed), but now Martinez will slot in after Moutinho pulled out. Martinez lost his last fight to Davey Grant in March before failing to make weight for his Sept. 4 fight against Marcelo Rojo.
Withdraws from Saturday's fight
September 3, 2021
Martinez has withdrawn from Saturday's matchup against Marcelo Rojo, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
Martinez weighed in at 138 pounds Friday morning, and his matchup against Rojo will be scrapped from UFC Vegas 36 as a result. The 27-year-old lost to Davey Grant in his most recent fight in March, but it's not yet clear when he'll return to the Octagon.
Comes in heavy
September 3, 2021
Martinez weighed in at 138 pounds for Saturday's bout against Marcelo Rojo, missing the bantamweight limit by two pounds, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Martinez was the only fighter to come in heavy during Friday's weigh-ins ahead of UFC Vegas 36 on Saturday. It's the 27-year-old's second time missing weight during his UFC tenure, the first time it happened he defeated Frankie Saenz via TKO (knee and strikes) in August of 2020. He will certainly have to forfeit some of his purse for this fight if he wishes to compete.