Jonathan Martinez


Crisp striking leads to victory
August 1, 2020
Martinez defeated Frankie Saenz via TKO (knee and strikes) at 0:57 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN+31 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Martinez fought off the aggressive charge of Saenz early, who came out firing with overhand rights. The two stayed on the feet for the rest of the frame, with Martinez seemingly throwing his legs and knees more than he did his hands. Martinez did open up in the final seconds, landing a big body shot followed by an uppercut. Martinez continued to be the crisper striker, landing flush with a head kick that staggered Saenz just over 90 seconds into the second. Martinez didn't relent, connecting with one more significant head kick that sent Saenz to the canvas. Saenz weathered that storm and kept surviving. One more head kick at the end of the frame had Saenz badly hurt and the fight was nearly stopped, but Round 3 ultimately saw the opening bell. Martinez appeared to have all the momentum heading into that frame, but connected on a low blow that gave Saenz some time to recover. It ended up not mattering, as Saenz charged in recklessly not long after and was met with a stiff knee. A couple follow-up shots, and the fight was called off. Martinez looked excellent in this fight, but won't be eligible for a post-fight bonus due to the fact he missed weight. That's the first issue he'll need to address moving forward.
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4.5 pounds heavy at weigh-in
July 31, 2020
Martinez came in 4.5 pounds over the limit (140.5 pounds overall) for Saturday's UFC Vegas 5 bout versus Frankie Saenz, reports.
Assuming Saenz makes weight for the contest, Martinez will have to forfeit a share of his purse for the fight to go on. He hasn't had a history of missing weight to this point, but this certainly marks a significant amount to miss by.
Gets early August match
July 5, 2020
Martinez will fight Frankie Saenz in a bantamweight match at the UFC's August 1 event in Las Vegas, reports.
Martinez boasts a 2-2 record in the UFC, and he's looking to bounce back into the win column after a controversial loss to Andre Ewell back in February. Dragon will get the benefit of an opponent also coming off a loss when he faces off against Saenz, a UFC veteran who'll make August's bout his 10th career fight with the company.
Drops controversial split decision
February 8, 2020
Martinez lost to Andre Ewell via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
Martinez may have very well deserved a better fate. At the very least, he won a round. The 30-27 scorecard in favor of Ewell is among the worst you will see. Martinez finished the bout with a strong third round. He scored with a couple perfectly placed kicks to the body, but two of the three judge's voted in favor of Ewell's output in the early portion of the fight. The controversial loss snaps a brief two-fight win streak for the 25-year-old Martinez.
Returning in early February
January 13, 2020
Martinez (shoulder) will take on Andre Ewell in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 247 on Feb. 8, reports.
The matchup has yet to be officially confirmed by the promotion, but sources report that the fight is in the works. Martinez defeated Pingyuan Liu via KO (knee) at UFC Sacramento in July, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the matchup that led to a six-month medical suspension. Martinez dominated for most of the fight and earned his first knockout victory since November 2014 with a perfectly placed knee to the face. Ewell is coming off a loss to Marlon Vera via TKO (strikes) at UFC Tampa in October as he's now alternated wins and losses over his past four fights. Ewell recorded a lot of stoppage victories prior to his debut with the promotion, but he's failed to exhibit much finishing power under the UFC banner. Ewell carries significant advantages in height and reach.
Facing possible six-month medical suspension
July 15, 2019
Martinez has been handed a potential six-month medical suspension from the California State Athletic Commission due to possible fractures of his right shoulder and left foot, reports.
Martinez won Saturday with a powerful knee to the face of his opponent in the third round Saturday, but not before taking some strong shots earlier in the fight. He could be return earlier than the six-months, but he'll need to cleared by a doctor.