In a profoundly uncommon occasion, UFC Vegas 10, which can take area tomorrow night time (Sat., Sept. 12, 2020) within UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, was all set to aspect nothing but Octagon veterans. On Wednesday, even so, the promotion decided to put with each other a very last-moment Heavyweight tussle. On this edition of “New Blood,” the collection the place I’m by no means protected, we look at out a DEEP and Rizin veteran with a knack for entertaining scraps.
Fat Class: Heavyweight
File: 15-5-2 (8 KO, 3 SUB)
Noteworthy Victories: Da Un Jung, Jerome Le Banner
Guam’s Martinez initially manufactured his identify in PXC just before switching his concentrate to Japan, where by he’s fought exclusively because 2017. His attempts gained him the DEEP Openweight championship and a 3-2 history in RIZIN, which include a knockout of Hideki Sekine this previous February.
He joins this card on 3 day’s detect.
A fluffy, 5’10” Heavyweight who usually weighs somewhere in the 240-260-pound assortment, Martinez is a flatfooted striker by trade. When authorized to get snug, he utilizes a sharp, hectic jab to potshot opponents, mixing in crosses, leg kicks, and physique kicks when the possibility arises. Even if he’s getting achievement at variety, he enjoys operating in the clinch, in which he can unleash soiled boxing and some crafty elbows to offer problems higher and small. Although his power is not too much to handle, he’s acquired quick palms and the stereotypical Pacific Islander toughness, which allowed him to take up some horrible pictures from Jake Heun and Mirko Cro Cop.
His putting is, however, much from flawless. Aside from the bathroom-regular weaknesses of backing straight up and not examining lower kicks, his absence of peak and achieve make him pretty quick to choose off as he advancements. He can be “kited,” if you’re common with the term, and lacks the head movement or total slickness that other stout heavies like Mark Hunt use to compensate. As stated before, he’s received the chin to continue to be standing and retain his pursuit, but it is really hard to get rounds when just about every jab your opponent throws lands clean.
On the grappling facet, he seems to have middling expertise general. He was loath to shoot in opposition to Heun regardless of his struggles in the stand up and only managed to rating a takedown when “Honey Bear,” whom he outweighed by an massive margin, gassed out. A rather new combat from Seigo Mizuguchi, who entered with a shedding history, also noticed him taken down in the initial, while he scrambled up speedily. Observing as two of his pro submissions came from 1-1 opponents and the third in opposition to an above-the-hill kickboxer in Jerome Le Banner, it’s risk-free to say the floor activity isn’t his forte, however his talent for small, impressive blows in the clinch interprets to sound ground-and-pound.
Martinez would honestly be best served shedding weight and functioning on his pace, feints and head motion. Dropping all the way to 205 kilos is almost certainly out of the concern, but something that would make it less difficult for him to get in the pocket would be welcome. As is, his weaknesses just feel far too obtrusive towards anybody in the UFC Heavyweight division aside from bottom-feeders like Gian Villante, Chris de la Rocha or Jake Collier. Do not hope additional than a pair of victories in the course of his Octagon tenure.
Opponent: Said tenure will get started on a decline. Alexander Romanov — whom we looked at last 7 days — is obviously larger sized and considerably much more strong with his wrestling, which should make it possible for the Moldovan to simply bulldoze Martinez in the early likely. Martinez is the far better boxer, positive, but that is not all that practical when 260 lbs of sumo wrestler are sitting down on you and mashing your deal with in.
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