Anthony Rocco Martin


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.
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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.
To fight Ryan LaFlare at UFC 229
August 9, 2018
Martin will face off against Ryan LaFlare in a welterweight matchup at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The grappling specialist has accrued eight victories via submission. He'll attempt to add another win when he faces off against LaFlare, who has won three of his past four fights. Martin is not known for volume striking, and three of his last four fights have gone to the judges, making him tough to rely on from a fantasy perspective.
Easily decisions Keita Nakamura Saturday in AC
April 21, 2018
Martin defeated Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.
While this certainly wasn't Martin's best effort, it wouldn't have taken a whole heck of a lot to beat Nakamura on this night. Martin outlanded Nakamura by better than a 3:1 (66-21) count, including a 58-19 edge in significant strikes. Martin's UFC career got off to a slow start, but he has since rebounded to win four of his last five fights. He's not a top-10 guy or anything like that, but Martin has some skill and is a valuable member of the UFC roster.