Former LFA Champ Zviad Lazishvili To Make UFC Debut Against Jonathan Martinez At October 23rd Event

UFC’s October 23rd event has received another short-notice matchup, as promotional newcomer Zviad Lazishvili will step in and face Jonathan Martinez. The new matchup was first announced by mma.ideas on Instagram.

The fight joins a card that is set to happen at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Martinez was originally scheduled to meet Aaron Phillips at bantamweight. It was reported last week that Phillips had to withdraw from his fight due to illness.

Lazishvili is entering the UFC with an undefeated record of 12 wins. He became the LFA Bantamweight Champion in his last appearance, submitting Ricky Steele within a round in September 2020.

Martinez had a two-fight losing streak earlier this year, getting stopped by Davey Grant in March.

Saturday’s UFC “Fight Night” card now has 14 fights in total set for it. Ranked middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori are currently set to headline the show. Here’s the updated lineup:

Bout 14: Paulo Costa (13-1) vs. Marvin Vettori (17-4-1) (Middleweight)

Bout 13: Grant Dawson (17-1) vs. Ricky Glenn (22-6-1) (Lightweight)

Bout 12: Jessica-Rose Clark (10-6) vs. Joselyne Edwards (10-3) (Bantamweight)

Bout 11: Nick Negumereanu (10-1) vs. Ike Villanueva (18-12) (Light Heavyweight)

Bout 10: Alex Caceres (18-12) vs. Choi Seung-woo (10-3) (Featherweight)

Bout 9: Dwight Grant (11-3) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (26-8) (Welterweight)

Bout 8: Livinha Souza (14-3) vs. Randa Markos (10-11-1) (Strawweight)

Bout 7: Jeff Molina (9-2) vs. Daniel Lacerda (11-1) (Flyweight)

Bout 6: Park Jun-yong (13-4) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (10-3) (Middleweight)

Bout 5: Tabatha Ricci (5-1) vs. Maria Oliveira (12-4) (Strawweight)

Bout 4: Khama Worthy (16-8) vs. Jai Herbert (10-3) (Lightweight)

Bout 3: Laureano Staropoli (9-4) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-6) (Middleweight)

Bout 2: Mason Jones (10-1) vs. David Onama (8-0) (Lightweight)

Bout 1: Jonathan Martinez (13-4) vs. Zviad Lazishvili (12-0) (Bantamweight)

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