Jonathan Martinez

Dragon

USA

Secures sixth straight win
BantamweightUFC
October 14, 2023
Martinez defeated Adrian Yanez via TKO (leg kicks) at 2:26 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Martinez's sixth straight win and arguably his most impressive to date. Facing a tough opponent and entering as a very slight (-115) favorite, Martinez recognized a massive hole in Yanez's defense and exploited it. Simply put, Adrian couldn't defend a leg kick. Jonathan responded by firing off 41 of them in a fight that lasted seven-plus minutes. 29 of them landed, with the final one crumbling Yanez to the mat and forcing referee Kerry Hatley to step in. It would also earn Martinez a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Set to turn 30 years of age next April, Martinez appears to be one of the rare fighters that has gotten legitimately better as he's aged. The Texan is quickly moving up the rankings at 135 pounds.
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Scheduled against Yanez
BantamweightUFC
July 31, 2023
Martinez will fight Adrian Yanez in a bantamweight bout at UFC Vegas 81 on Oct. 14, according to Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes.
ANALYSIS
Martinez-Yanez will be a fight between two bantamweights currently in the bottom third of the UFC division's top 15. Martinez has won each of his last five fights, while Yanez is fighting a lower-ranked opponent after suffering defeat from No. 7 Rob Font in April.
Runs winning streak to five
BantamweightUFC
March 11, 2023
Martinez defeated Said Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Whether or not you feel Martinez deserved to win this fight is up for debate, but he most certainly performed well as a +180 underdog and responded in a major way following a poor opening round. Martinez was less active than Nurmagomedov in terms of total strikes landed (101-78), but he connected on a whopping 69 percent of his significant strikes (38-of-55). Said likes to fight with plenty of physicality, and for the most part, Martinez handled it well. Somehow still just 28 years young, Martinez has now won five in a row dating back to October 2021.
Set for fight in March
BantamweightUFC
January 23, 2023
Martinez is set to take on Said Nurmagomedov in a bantamweight bout at UFC Vegas 71 on March 11, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Martinez will come into the fight riding a four-bout winning streak, last fighting Cub Swanson in October, beating him via TKO (leg kick) in Round 2. The victory over Swanson earned him one of the two Performance of the Night bonuses and he improved to a 17-4 MMA record. Said Nurmagomedov, his opponent, will come into the fight also having won his last four bouts, defeating Saidyokub Kakhramonov via submission (ninja choke) Dec. 17.
Runs winning streak to four
BantamweightUFC
October 15, 2022
Martinez defeated Cub Swanson via TKO (leg kick) at 4:19 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Swanson is far more "name" than "game" at this stage of his career, but that shouldn't take away from what was an excellent performance from Martinez. Full credit to Jonathan for recognizing a hole in Cub's game and taking full advantage of it. Swanson has been a professional since July 2004, but for some reason he was unable to defend a leg kick in this fight. Thus, Martinez threw them and was able to earn the stoppage. Still just 28 years old, the winner of four in a row and with just a single loss on his resume dating back to February 2020, Martinez deserves more attention than he's getting in what is a loaded UFC bantamweight division. He'll also take home an extra $50,000 for his effort here as one of two Performance of the Night recipients.
Taking on Cub Swanson in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
August 31, 2022
Martinez (16-4-0) is scheduled to face Cub Swanson (28-12-0) in a bantamweight bout at the UFC's Oct. 15 event in Las Vegas, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Martinez will return to the Octagon for the 11th time in his career in October, while the 38-year-old Swanson is making his debut as a bantamweight after 15 years fighting out of the featherweight division. In his last bout in May against Vince Morales, Martinez extended his winning streak to three by claiming an unanimous-decision victory.