Anthony Rocco Martin


Leaves UFC
January 29, 2021
Martin and the UFC parted ways Friday, reports.
Martin will leave the promotion after winning nine of his 15 fights. He was hospitalized after developing an infection during a knee procedure in July but has since recovered, so the issue seems to be unrelated to him leaving the UFC.
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Battling post-surgery knee infection
July 28, 2020
Martin said Monday that he's currently hospitalized after he developed an infection after undergoing a routine knee scope procedure in early July to address a torn meniscus, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
Martin required surgery after sustaining the torn meniscus in his unanimous decision loss to Neil Magny at UFC 250 on June 6. The 30-year-old expected to resume training two weeks post-surgery, but with the pain still lingering in his knee, Martin checked himself back into the hospital and required another procedure to address the infection. Martin said doctors have prescribed him antibiotics and will continue to monitor his symptoms, but there's no current timeline for him to resume training, much less commit to his next fight.
Starts quickly before fading
June 6, 2020
Martin lost to Neil Magny via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The decision itself wasn't horrendous, but the 30-27 scorecards in favor of Magny were. Martin, at a minimum, deserved to drop a split decision. He won Round 1 going away and looked fairly strong through most of Round 2. His gas tank had hit empty by the time Round 3 began, but he put together enough good work over the course of the first ten minutes to at least give himself a chance. Martin was particularly effective in the clinch. He used his upper-body strength to repeatedly control position along the fence and limit Magny's space. This is another prime example as to why any fight that sees the final bell is a toss-up. The scoring of judges on a night-by-night basis is entirely too unpredictable. Martin has alternated wins and losses in his past four bouts.
Facing Magny June 6
May 20, 2020
Martin and Neil Magny have agreed to a welterweight bout at UFC 250 on June 6, Mike Bohn of USA Today reports.
The location for UFC 250 has yet to be officially announced, but the event is expect to take place at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. Martin was previously scheduled to take on David Zawada in Nebraska on April 25, but that event was shelved -- like numerous other cards -- due to the ongoing pandemic. Martin has won five of his last six fights since returning to welterweight in April 2018. Meanwhile, Magny returned from year-plus hiatus in March and defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Taking on David Zawada in Nebraska
January 27, 2020
Martin (17-5-0) is scheduled to take on David Zawada (17-5-0) in a welterweight fight April 25 at UFC Lincoln, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Martin enters the Octagon with the greater momentum of the two fighters, having won five of his last six fights. Zawada, meanwhile, has gotten off to a rougher start to his tenure in the UFC with a 1-2 record, though he did claim his first promotional win back in November, when he submitted Abubakar Nurmagomedov in the first round at UFC Moscow.
Rebounds with strong performance
November 9, 2019
Martin defeated Ramazan Emeev via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
Getting overlooked because of a poor performance against BJJ wizard Demian Maia in June, Martin surprisingly entered as an underdog (+115) for this fight. He responded with a strong effort and resounding victory. Martin's takedown defense looked exceptional in stuffing all nine of Emeev's tries. Offensively, Martin looked like the more comfortable of the two men en route to the unanimous decision win. Dating back to April 2018, Martin is now sporting a 5-1 record with his only loss in that span coming against Maia. Martin probably isn't a top-10 guy at 170 pounds and the distinct lack of power (one career win via KO) in his hands is a major issue moving forward, but Martin has looked excellent since his move to American Top Team and he's clearly on the upswing.