Roque Martinez


Drops controversial split decision
June 19, 2021
Martinez lost to Josh Parisian via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was Martinez's third straight loss to begin his UFC run and one that may very well cost him his roster spot. It's a crushing turn of events in a fight, that while very close, likely should have gone in Martinez's favor. Roque did an excellent job of getting inside and landing on Parisian despite giving up six inches in height and seven inches in reach. He appeared to legitimately be half Parisian's size, but he continued to push forward and generate offense. It was a strong effort from the +125 underdog, regardless of the decision. Martinez entered the company in September 2020 with zero pedigree, and that could very easily play a role in the the UFC deciding if he gets another opportunity or not.
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Set for June return vs. Parisian
March 3, 2021
Martinez (knee) is slated to face Josh Parisian in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC's event on June 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Martinez is coming off a six-month medical suspension due to a knee injury, but he's been cleared to return to the Octagon. Currently sitting at 0-2 in his UFC career, June's event will be a key opportunity for Martinez to secure a win. Parisian is also looking to earn his first victory with the promotion.
Suffers knee injury in loss
November 17, 2020
Martinez is facing a 180-day suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a possible left knee injury, reports.
While Martinez made it the distance against Don'Tale Mayes on Saturday, it wasn't a particularly impressive effort from either fighter, and Martinez will fall to 0-2 in the UFC as a result. He's been outlanded 65 to 114 in terms of significant strikes in those two fights, as well as taken down five times. To make matters worse, he's now dealing with a knee issue that could keep him away from the Octagon until next spring, pending clearance in the form of a MRI.
Still searching for first UFC win
November 14, 2020
Martinez lost to Don'Tale Mayes via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Martinez didn't embarrass himself but he started slowly and found himself well behind on the scorecards before picking up the pace a bit in Round 3. Martinez is extremely undersized for a heavyweight at just 5-foot-10 and his lack of athleticism makes it difficult for him to generate any consistent offense in a short period of time. Martinez is nothing more than roster depth and there is no guarantee he gets a third opportunity with the company after dropping each of his first two bouts with the UFC.
Booked for Nov. 14 fight
October 14, 2020
Martinez will face Don'Tale Mayes in a heavyweight bout at the UFC Apex on Nov. 14, reports.
Martinez drew an unlucky opponent in his UFC debut as he lost to Alexander Romanov via submission (arm-triangle choke) in September. He'll get a chance to earn his first win with the promotion against Mayes, who has lost his first two fights in the UFC. Mayes most recently lost to Rodrigo Nascimento via submission (rear-naked choke) in May and was initially slated to face Philipe Lins on Nov. 7 before a knee injury forced Lins off the card. Mayes has an advantage in reach heading into the matchup.
Not competitive in UFC debut
September 12, 2020
Martinez lost to Alexander Romanov via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:22 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
You can't help but feel bad for Martinez. The 34-year-old finally got a chance to make his (late notice) UFC debut, only to face an opponent who legitimately appears to be one of the brightest up-and-coming fighters in the heavyweight division. Quite honestly, Martinez did a heck of a job to last as long as he did. He was ONLY a +360 underdog going into the fight, but it might as well have been twice that once the opening bell rang. Martinez -- a long-time Rizin competitor -- doesn't have much of a track record, but he seems quite likely to get a second shot with the company despite his struggles in this one.