Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 41 — The Future?

Jonathan Martinez and Zviad Lazishvili, UFC Vegas 41
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Opponents Jonathan Martinez and Zviad Lazishvili of Georgia face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 22, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Zviad Lazishvili (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 9

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 9

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 0

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 0

Zviad Lazishvili is an undefeated prospect who, in his last fight, won the LFA Bantamweight Championship. It was only Zviad’s secnd fight with the promotion, with his first one being against a 24-10 Josh Huber.

However, prior to those two fights Zviad hadn’t fought since 2015. And in Lazishvili’s first 10 pro MMA fights all of his opponents had no fights at the time that they fought him. Most of these fights took place in his native country of Georgia but the best opponent that he faced during those first 10 fights, Petru Biclea, is now 5-6.

With that being said, Zviad’s LFA fights have looked very good and he is an extremely dominant grappler that seems to have no issues holding his opponents down. I didn’t see any shots in Zviad’s highlights but he is almost automatic at catching his opponents’ kicks.  Lazishvili looked good standing up in his fight against Huber as well and is quick with his footwork, darting in and out.

Zviad has four arm lock finishes on his record and three rear naked chokes.

It’s important to keep in mind that Zviad’s UFC debut at UFC Vegas 41 will be on short notice. This should be interesting as there is just so little footage on Zviad but if his opponent Jonathan Martinez can’t stay on the outside or if he throws body kicks it could be a very long night for him.