Jordan Leavitt vs Victor Martinez Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for UFC Vegas 70 (Leavitt's Ground Game Shines)

Larry Rupp
Jordan Leavitt vs Victor Martinez betting preview for UFC Vegas 70, including predictions, odds and best bets.
Jordan Leavitt vs Victor Martinez betting preview for UFC Vegas 70, including predictions, odds and best bets. / AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Leavitt vs Martinez Fight Info, Date & Time

UFC Vegas 70 — Preliminary Card Lightweight Bout
Jordan Leavitt (10-2-0, 1 KO) vs. Victor Martinez (13-4-0, 8 KOs)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023
Fight Time: This will be one of the fights on the preliminary card, which begins at 4 p.m. ET.
Venue: UFC Apex — Las Vegas, NV
Coverage: ESPN+, PPV

Leavitt vs Martinez Odds & Prop Bets

All UFC Vegas 70 odds, lines and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Jordan Leavitt: (-113)
- Victor Martinez: (-113)

Method of Victory:
- Leavitt by KO/TKO: (N/A)
- Leavitt by Points: (N/A)
- Leavitt by Submission: (N/A)
- Martinez by KO/TKO: (N/A)
- Martinez by Points: (N/A)
- Martinez by Submission: (N/A)

Leavitt vs Martinez Prediction

It's been a while since anyone has seen Victor Martinez in a fight as he last competed on Dana White's Contender Series back in September of 2021. He earned win over Jacob Rosales (unanimous decision) and is now set to make his UFC debut against an experienced fighter in Jordan Leavitt.

Leavitt has posted a 3-2-0 record across five UFC fights, most recently losing to Paddy Pimblett via submission in July of 2022. The 27-year-old southpaw averages a dependable 2.43 takedowns per 15 minutes, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him turn this bout into a ground battle right away.

Leavitt has won one bout via knockout in his career, but has won six bouts via submission. He is an elite grappler and gets to face a fighter on Saturday that owns an 0-2 record in bouts decided via submission. Martinez is going to be in trouble if he cannot assert his striking dominance early on.

I'll side with Jordan Leavitt to come out on top.

Leavitt vs Martinez Best Bet

Leavitt and Martinez are very different fighters in the sense that one leans on his ground skills to win and the other leans on his striking abilities. It leaves Leavitt via submission and Martinez via knockout as the two likeliest outcomes. I'll side with experience here and opt for the former of the two options.

What's exciting about Leavitt's submission capabilities is that they are flexible. He doesn't rely on one move as he has already won professional fights with a triangle choke, anaconda choke, heel hook and guillotine choke. It'd be shocking to see Martinez defend Leavitt's versatile ground game on Saturday.

Bet: Jordan Leavitt by Submission (TBD)

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