Zviad Lazishvili steps in on 3 days’ notice to fight Jonathan Martinez at UFC Vegas 41

Zviad Lazishvili | Isaac Schubert, LFAAnother one of Saturday’s fights has been saved. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Damon Martin confirmed with sources with knowledge of the change that Zviad Lazishvili will step in on three days’ notice as a replacement for Aaron Phillips to fight Jonathan Martinez (13-4) at UFC Vegas 41. The change was first reported by mma.ideas. On Tuesday, it was reported that Mason Jones also received a new opponent on less than a week’s notice, newcomer David Onama. Lazishvili (12-0) is coming off of a first-round submission win over Ricky Steele in September of last year that earned him a vacant Legacy Fighting Alliance bantamweight title. The 29-year-old Georgian (currently fighting out of Washington, D.C.) was to make his UFC debut against Jack Shore this past September, but was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons. Martinez, 27, is 2-3 in the UFC’s bantamweight division and 4-3 in the UFC overall. In his most recent fight, he suffered a second-round knockout loss to Davey Grant at UFC Vegas 21 in March. That loss snapped a two-fight win streak for Martinez, which included wins over veterans Thomas Almeida and Frankie Saenz.

Zviad Lazishvili steps in on 3 days’ notice to fight Jonathan Martinez at UFC Vegas 41
Zviad Lazishvili | Isaac Schubert, LFA

Another one of Saturday’s fights has been saved.

MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Damon Martin confirmed with sources with knowledge of the change that Zviad Lazishvili will step in on three days’ notice as a replacement for Aaron Phillips to fight Jonathan Martinez (13-4) at UFC Vegas 41. The change was first reported by mma.ideas.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Mason Jones also received a new opponent on less than a week’s notice, newcomer David Onama.

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Lazishvili (12-0) is coming off of a first-round submission win over Ricky Steele in September of last year that earned him a vacant Legacy Fighting Alliance bantamweight title. The 29-year-old Georgian (currently fighting out of Washington, D.C.) was to make his UFC debut against Jack Shore this past September, but was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons.

Martinez, 27, is 2-3 in the UFC’s bantamweight division and 4-3 in the UFC overall. In his most recent fight, he suffered a second-round knockout loss to Davey Grant at UFC Vegas 21 in March. That loss snapped a two-fight win streak for Martinez, which included wins over veterans Thomas Almeida and Frankie Saenz.

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Afghan promoter, MMA fighters flee country with help of UFC, Save Our Allies after Taliban takeover

Several MMA fighters made it out of Afghanistan earlier this week | Photo via Abdul Wasi SharifiMMA promoter Abdul Wasi Sharifi, Truly Grand Fighting Championship officials, and several fighters successfully made out of Afghanistan this past Sunday after Taliban took control of the country in August, Sharifi told MMA Fighting on Wednesday. MMA Fighting reported in September that Sharifi was being threatened by the Taliban after the group made MMA illegal earlier this year. Sharifi’s cry for help was heard and a group of approximately 30 people managed to leave Afghanistan and land in Abu Dhabi this week. “I finally fled from Afghanistan with my whole TGFC [crew] and their families,” Sharifi told MMA Fighting. “We are in Abu Dhabi since Sunday and waiting for our trip to the United States. Your interview, and around 48 website and TVs that copied your news and broadcast it, helped me to get out. I’m very thankful to you, UFC and SaveOurAllies.org, who helped tell [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard and Dana [White] about our situation.” Chad Robichaux, a former Bellator and Strikeforce fighter who has served in Afghanistan, has been helping to rescue people since Taliban took control in August. Sharifi said Robichaux reached out to the UFC president and the matchmakers and that the UFC “made it happen.” Both White and Maynard will be in Abu Dhabi next week for UFC 267, which goes down Oct. 30 in United Arab Emirates, where Sharifi hopes to meet them in person. “They help us too much and I help my fighters get out as well,” Sharifi said. The group of 30 people includes six women and five kids, as well as professional MMA fighters Qudratullah Mohammadi, Tamim Sharifi, Zaki Rasooli, Qasim Rahimi and Mohammad Yaqoob Sharifi. The TGFC HR director and assistant, graphic designer, medical team, finance team, event commissioners and their families also left Afghanistan. Sharifi said Save Our Allies has “requested me to list true fighters for them to evacuate” next.

Afghan promoter, MMA fighters flee country with help of UFC, Save Our Allies after Taliban takeover
Several MMA fighters made it out of Afghanistan earlier this week | Photo via Abdul Wasi Sharifi

MMA promoter Abdul Wasi Sharifi, Truly Grand Fighting Championship officials, and several fighters successfully made out of Afghanistan this past Sunday after Taliban took control of the country in August, Sharifi told MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

MMA Fighting reported in September that Sharifi was being threatened by the Taliban after the group made MMA illegal earlier this year. Sharifi’s cry for help was heard and a group of approximately 30 people managed to leave Afghanistan and land in Abu Dhabi this week.

“I finally fled from Afghanistan with my whole TGFC [crew] and their families,” Sharifi told MMA Fighting. “We are in Abu Dhabi since Sunday and waiting for our trip to the United States. Your interview, and around 48 website and TVs that copied your news and broadcast it, helped me to get out. I’m very thankful to you, UFC and SaveOurAllies.org, who helped tell [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard and Dana [White] about our situation.”

Chad Robichaux, a former Bellator and Strikeforce fighter who has served in Afghanistan, has been helping to rescue people since Taliban took control in August. Sharifi said Robichaux reached out to the UFC president and the matchmakers and that the UFC “made it happen.” Both White and Maynard will be in Abu Dhabi next week for UFC 267, which goes down Oct. 30 in United Arab Emirates, where Sharifi hopes to meet them in person.

“They help us too much and I help my fighters get out as well,” Sharifi said.

The group of 30 people includes six women and five kids, as well as professional MMA fighters Qudratullah Mohammadi, Tamim Sharifi, Zaki Rasooli, Qasim Rahimi and Mohammad Yaqoob Sharifi. The TGFC HR director and assistant, graphic designer, medical team, finance team, event commissioners and their families also left Afghanistan. Sharifi said Save Our Allies has “requested me to list true fighters for them to evacuate” next.

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