The preliminary card holds a handful of excellent fights for the upcoming UFC event. For a particular fighting experience, you should check out the battle between Jonathan Martinez and Davey Grant for a bantamweight showdown.
Date: Sat, Mar 13, 4:00 PM
Venue: UFC Apex
Watch on: ESPN+
Jonathan Martinez (13-3-0)
Martinez currently finds himself on a two-fight winning streak heading into this battle. His last battle was a unanimous decision victory against Thomas Almeida back in October of 2020.
His fighting resume shows that he has seven wins by knockout, two by submission, and four by decision. He also has two first-round finishes by submission and one by knockout.
“Dragon” has a striking accuracy at 46 percent and a grappling accuracy at 37 percent. He lands 4.34 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.61. This is a solid ratio with some separation between the two averages.
Martinez has a takedown defense at 61 percent and a significant strike defense at 58 percent. He also averages 0.53 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time.
Davey Grant (12-4-0)
Grant is currently on a two-fight winning streak as he prepares for this one. His last showing was a third-round knockout against Martin Day back in July of 2020.
His fighting resume shows that he has two wins by knockout, eight by submission, and two by decision. He also has seven first-round finishes with a combined effort of knockouts and submissions.
“Dangerous” has a striking accuracy of 48 percent and a grappling accuracy at 47 percent. He lands 3.67 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.32. This is a great ratio, showing a good volume on both sides of the averages and that he defends well.
Grant has a takedown defense at 66 percent and a significant strike defense at 63 percent. He also averages 2.59 takedowns and 0.20 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For This Event
The market is showing Martinez to be a moderate favorite and increasingly so. For the moneyline, Intertops has the odds currently set at:
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
Both fighters stack up great to one another, and this should turn out to be a great fight. However, there are some slight differences that could change this fight.
Grant has been able to turn things around with a two-fight win streak. Before that, he found himself on a two-fight skid and was looking at a 1-3 record fairly quickly.
Martinez has been found to be the more consistent fighter out of the two. Since joining the UFC, he has gone 4-2 and is in a skid two-fight streak too.
Overall, this should come down to a long-distance fight since both fighters are not afraid to go the distance. Look for Martinez to power through with solid striking and volume.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Martinez wins via decision, at -300
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