Mana Martinez



Wins after missing weight
August 28, 2021
Martinez defeated Guido Cannetti via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN 30 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Martinez, who missed weight by four pounds Friday morning ahead of his UFC debut, started slowly before finding his range. He picked up the pace in Round 2 before dominating the aging Cannetti in Round 3. All told, Martinez landed 2-of-3 takedown attempts in addition to finishing with an 88-68 edge in total strikes landed. It was a middling performance from Martinez, although the bad weight miss is the real concern here. The 25-year-old Houston native displayed a ton of power on the regional scene, so there's some potential upside here.
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Fight still on
August 27, 2021
Martinez's fight against Guido Canetti at UFC Vegas 35 on Saturday will proceed as planned with Martinez forfeiting 30 percent of his purse, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Martinez came in four pounds above the bantamweight limit at Friday's weigh-in but his fight will still go on as planned. The 25-year-old has dealt with some recent adversity as he's been mourning the loss of his head coach who he lost 11 days ago due to COVID-19. It will be Martinez's debut fight in the UFC and it won't come easy without his head coach and mentor by his side.
Comes in overweight
August 27, 2021
Martinez weighed in at 140 pounds during Friday's weigh-ins, which is four pounds overweight, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Martinez missed weight for his bantamweight bout at UFC Vegas 35 against Guido Cannetti by four pounds, which is a significant amount. It's unclear if he plans to return to the scale later in the weigh-ins or if he will just accept where he's at and forfeit a percentage of his purse for the fight. The UFC has yet to make a comment on the status of the fight.
Added to Aug. 28 card
August 19, 2021
Martinez will take on Guido Cannetti in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event Aug. 28, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Well it's been an interesting last week or so for Martinez as far as scheduling of fights go. He was supposed to make his UFC debut against Jesse Strader this weekend, but then his opponent withdrew. The UFC filled the spot with Trevin Jones, but then Martinez withdrew. It seems like Cannetti was the opponent that Martinez preferred to Jones a week later.
Out of Trevin Jones fight
August 17, 2021
Martinez has withdrawn from his scheduled matchup against Trevin Jones at UFC Vegas 34 on Saturday, MMA Island reports (via Marcel Dorff of MMADNA).
Martinez has now had two separate debut opportunities cancelled due to undisclosed reasons. It's unclear when he might be back in action.
Gets new challenger
August 12, 2021
Martinez will now face Trevin Jones at the UFC event Aug. 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Martinez's original opponent Jesse Strader was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Jones will fill in after having last fought in March when he was victorious by TKO. Martinez will be making his UFC debut after winning seven of his last eight fights by TKO.