Anthony Rocco Martin


Headed to Moscow in November
September 18, 2019
Martin will take on Ramazan Emeev in a welterweight matchup at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
Martin last took the Octagon this summer when he lost to grappling extraordinaire Demian Maia via majority decision, snapping a four-fight winning streak. He'll look to get back on track against a fighter who is relatively new to the UFC, albeit one with a perfect 3-0 record. Martin has a slight edge in striking volume, though Emeev sports superior marks in striking defense, takedown average and takedown defense over a short sample size. Emeev is also a product of Dagastan -- an emerging MMA hotbed -- so he should have the crowd on his side.
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Win streak snapped at four
June 29, 2019
Martin lost to Demian Maia via majority decision (28-28, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
All things considered, Martin did a halfway decent job of not getting run out of the building on the mat against one of the most talented mat specialists in the history of the sport. He worked his way back to the feet after being taken down early in Round 1, but Martin's inability to get into any sort of offense rythym was ultimately his downfall. He did land a couple nice shots late in the bout, but instead of remaining at distance and trying to beat Maia up on the feet, he got too close to his opponent and Maia clamped onto him and waited for the final bell. Saturday's loss aside, Martin looks like a new man at 170 pounds. He'll be back in short order.
Gets career's toughest opponent
May 23, 2019
Martin will take on Demian Maia in a welterweight matchup at UFC Minneapolis on June 29.
On the heels of a four-fight winning streak, Martin will now be dealt the highest-caliber opponent that he's seen to date. While Maia is 41 years old -- over a decade older -- he's been able to stay with the company so long due to his ability to avoid strikes and world-class grappling. Of Maia's 26 career wins, exactly half of them have been earned via submission. Martin was submitted twice early in his UFC days, but the real concern is that he owns just a 50 percent takedown defense over his UFC tenure. Even in a victory over Sergio Moares his last time out, Martin was taken down three times. Martin's submissions may outnumber his KO/TKO stoppages 9-to-1, but going to the mat with Maia is an entirely different story.
Improves to 7-1 in last eight bouts
March 9, 2019
Martin defeated Sergio Moraes via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.
Martin's win streak is now four after another triumph over an underrated opponent. The American Top Team product did an excellent job of peppering Moraes with kicks to keep him off balance and avoiding prolonged sequences of battling on the mat. Martin looked like nothing more than roster depth early in his UFC career, but he has clearly turned the corner. He is 7-1 in his last eight bouts dating back to March 2015 and on the verge of being ranked in the UFC's 170-pound division.
Takes out Jake Matthews in enemy territory
December 1, 2018
Martin defeated Jake Matthews via technical submission (anaconda choke) at 1:19 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
Martin prefers to be called "Anthony Rocco Martin" these days and if he continues to clamp on submissions like he did on Saturday, he can call himself whatever he wants. Traveling nearly 30 hours by plane and taking this fight on six weeks' notice, Martin went out and earned the biggest win of his career in hostile territory. Martin spent his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Dan Hardy stumping for a 165-pound division. It almost makes too much sense, but the UFC has shown no inclination to make such a move to this point. For now, Martin will fight at welterweight where he is now in the midst of a three-fight winning streak.
Hammers Ryan LaFlare first first career KO win
October 6, 2018
Martin defeated Ryan LaFlare via KO (strikes) at 1:00 of Round 3 at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
After seeing that performance it's nearly impossible to believe that Martin had never recorded a knockout win as a professional prior to Saturday. He battered an over matched LaFlare on the feet throughout the course of the fight and finally finished him off with a perfectly placed head kick. Martin is now a perfect 2-0 since moving up to welterweight. The American Top Team product is worth keeping an eye on moving forward. This was a terrific effort by the 28-year-old.