Anthony Rocco Martin

USA

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 1/1/2021
Battling post-surgery knee infection
WelterweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Starts quickly before fading
WelterweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
WelterweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
WelterweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
WelterweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Headed to Moscow in November
WelterweightUFC
Out
September 18, 2019
Martin will take on Ramazan Emeev in a welterweight matchup at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
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.