UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad- Jonathan Martinez vs Davey Grant: Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/12/2021, 12:02 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 16: Jonathan Martinez poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in on October 16, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweights Jonathan Martinez and Davey Grant will do battle on the main card for UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad. Chiefly, bantamweight is the weight class with the most buzz behind it and the aforementioned fighters want in. The recent title fight debacle created more buzz around the weight class, and there’s plenty on the line.

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Furthermore, the Fight Card bears witness to the return of Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards, who hasn’t competed in over a year. Fans are curious to see whether he’ll return to the same form that helped him accrue 8 straight victories. Edwards’ presence on the card makes the Fight Night event compelling and will surely bring in more eyeballs.

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UFC bantamweights: Jonathan Martinez vs Davey Grant

‘Dragon’ Martinez is on a two-fight win streak and he’s 4-1 as a professional in his last five outings in the UFC. The 13-3 fighter has shown great variation in his skillset and he’s been able to earn spectacular finishes no matter where the fight goes. Moreover, it stands to reason that his versatility will be the difference-maker against a straight shooter like Davey Grant.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Jonathan Martinez punches Thomas Almeida of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 18, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Martinez has a 46% significant strike count, however, his striking defense comes in at a much more respectable 58%. This will be encouraging, especially when he’s looking to turtle up and head in for grappling control. Moreover, his takedown defense in his UFC run thus far comes in at 61% which indicates he’ll unlikely be working off his back, especially as his opponent has a takedown accuracy of just 47%.

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Davey Grant is 2-2 in his last four UFC fights and he’s already faced some breakout names such as Manny Bermudez and ‘Chito’ Vera. The Englishman is a menace on the ground as 8 of his first 9 wins came via submission. However, he’s also been tapped out a few times as of late and certainly can become overzealous.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (L-R) Davey Grant of England punches Martin Day in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The orthodox fighter has landed 3.67 significant strikes per minute at an accuracy of 48%, and he’ll want to stockpile his output for this fight. Jonathan Martinez looks to swarm opponents with bulk volumes and keeps providing new looks, and it’ll be in his favor on the feet.

Prediction: Jonathan Martinez to claim a second-round TKO win.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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