Jonathan Martinez

Jonathan Martinez (born April 20, 1994) is an American professional mixed martial artist. Martinez currently competes in the bantamweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Jonathan Martinez
Jonathan Martinez at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia.jpg
Jonathan Martinez at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia in February 2019
Born (1994-04-20) April 20, 1994 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Nickname(s)The Dragon
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofPlainview, Texas, United States
TeamDifferent Breed MMA[2]
Factory X (2018–present)[3]
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission2
By decision7
By knockout1
By decision2
By disqualification1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Martinez was born and grew up in California and moved with his family to Plainview, Texas, at the age of 13.[2] At the age of 14, his father took him to Taekwondo class to learn discipline, which eventually led to mixed martial arts training.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Martinez started his professional MMA career since 2014. He amassed a record of 9–1 prior to being signed by UFC.[5]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Martinez made his UFC debut on October 27, 2018 on UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith, replacing an injured Gavin Tucker against Andre Soukhamthath.[6] After getting knocked down multiple times, Martinez lost the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Martinez's next fight came on February 9, 2019 at UFC 234 against Wuliji Buren.[8] Martinez won the fight via unanimous decision.[9]

Martinez faced Liu Pingyuan on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd.[10] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[11] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[12]

As the last fight of his prevailing contract, Martinez faced Andre Ewell on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[13][14] He lost the fight via split decision.[15] Right after the bout, Martinez signed a new contract with the promotion.[16]

Martinez faced Frankie Saenz on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan.[17] At the weigh-ins, Martinez weighed in at 140.5 pounds, four and a half pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. His bout proceeded at a catchweight and he was fined 30 percent of his purse, which went to Saenz.[18] After knocking Saenz down multiple times, Martinez won the fight via TKO in the third round.[19]

Martinez faced Thomas Almeida on October 18, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 180.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Martinez faced Davey Grant on March 13, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 187.[22] Despite knocking Grant down in the first round, Martinez ultimately lost the fight via knockout in round two.[23]

Martinez was scheduled to face Nathaniel Wood on September 4, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 191.[24] However, Wood was removed from the bout in mid-August for undisclosed reasons and replaced by Marcelo Rojo.[25] At the weigh-ins, Martinez weighed in at 138 pounds, two pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. The bout was scrapped after Martinez withdrew due to complications from the weight cut.[26]

Martinez was scheduled to face Aaron Phillips, replacing Kris Moutinho on October 23, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 196.[27] However, Philips withdrew from the bout due to illness[28] and was replaced by Zviad Lazishvili.[29] Martinez won the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Martinez faced Alejandro Pérez on February 26, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 202.[31] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[32]

Martinez faced Vince Morales on May 21, 2022 at UFC Fight Night 206.[33] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Jonathan and his wife Amber have a son Cidro and a daughter Myda.[2]

Championships and awardsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 16 wins 4 losses
By knockout 7 1
By submission 2 0
By decision 7 2
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–4 Vince Morales Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Vieira May 21, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–4 Alejandro Pérez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. Green February 26, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight bout.
Win 14–4 Zviad Lazishvili Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori October 23, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–4 Davey Grant KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad March 13, 2021 2 3:03 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Thomas Almeida Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie October 18, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Featherweight bout.
Win 12–3 Frankie Saenz TKO (knee and punches) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan August 1, 2020 3 0:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (140.5 lb) bout; Martinez missed weight.
Loss 11–3 Andre Ewell Decision (split) UFC 247 February 8, 2020 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 11–2 Liu Pingyuan KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 3:53 Sacramento, California, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–2 Wuliji Buren Decision (unanimous) UFC 234 February 9, 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 9–2 Andre Soukhamthath Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith October 27, 2018 3 5:00 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 9–1 Randy Hinds Submission (armbar) Fist Fight Night 2 September 30, 2017 1 0:56 Amarillo, Texas, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 8–1 Jesse Cruz Submission (armbar) Combate Americas: Road to the Championship 3 April 18, 2016 1 2:17 Los Angeles, California, United States Catchweight (130 lb) bout.
Loss 7–1 Matt Schnell DQ (illegal knee) Legacy FC 49 December 4, 2015 2 2:21 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States Flyweight bout.
Win 7–0 Ryan Hollis Decision (unanimous) GCS 3: Hub City Havoc April 25, 2015 3 5:00 Lubbock, Texas, United States Catchweight (130 lb) bout.
Win 6–0 Carlos Vergara Decision (split) Fury Fighting 3 January 24, 2015 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Flyweight bout.
Win 5–0 Xavier Siller TKO (punches) XFL: Rage on the River 5 November 15, 2014 2 1:03 Grant, Oklahoma, United States Won the XFL Bantamweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Adrian Hudson TKO (punches) XFL: Rage on the River 4 July 27, 2014 5 1:01 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–0 Micah Stockton TKO (punches) XFL: Rage on the River 3 April 18, 2014 3 0:44 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Won the XFL Flyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Marshon Ball KO (flying knee) Rumble Time Promotions: Destruction March 14, 2014 1 1:23 St. Charles, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Archie Lowe KO (flying knee) C3 Fights: Border Wars 2014 February 8, 2014 2 2:21 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Jonathan Martinez | UFC". Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Homer Marquez (August 27, 2015). "Local fighter to represent Plainview on NBC".
  3. ^ Tristen Critchfield (July 6, 2020). "Frankie Saenz vs. Jonathan Martinez Added to UFC's Aug. 1 Card in Las Vegas".
  4. ^ "Undefeated Jonathan Martinez gets toughest test yet at LFC 49". November 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Martinez MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  6. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-10-10). "Jonathan Martinez replaces Gavin Tucker against Andre Soukhamthath during UFC Moncton" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  7. ^ "UFC Moncton results: Andre Soukhamthath gets nod over scrappy Jonathan Martinez". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  8. ^ Oleś, Bartosz (2018-12-19). "Oficjalnie: Jonathan Martinez vs. Wuliji Buren dodane do rozpiski UFC 234". (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  9. ^ "UFC 234: Jonathan Martinez picks up first UFC win with decision over Wuliji Buren". FanSided. 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  10. ^ DNA, MMA. "Team Alpha Male's Pingyuan Liu treft Jonathan Martinez tijdens UFC Sacramento" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  11. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-07-13). "Knockout! Watch Martinez Starch Liu With Vicious Knee At UFC Sacramento". Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  12. ^ a b Tristen Critchfield (2019-07-13). "UFC Sacramento bonuses: Faber, Emmett, Fili, Martinez get $50K performance checks". Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  13. ^ Redactie (2020-01-13). "Andre Ewell vs. Jonathan Martinez completes UFC 247 in Houston". Retrieved 2020-01-13. (in Dutch)
  14. ^ Nolan King (February 10, 2020). "Jonathan Martinez discouraged by controversial UFC 247 decision: 'I've got kids to feed'".
  15. ^ Anderson, Jay (2020-02-08). "UFC 247 Results: After Spending Later Rounds Under Fire, Andre Ewell Wins Split Decision". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  16. ^ Mike Heck (February 12, 2020). Martinez: 'I won't fight in Texas anymore' – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Heck, Mike (2020-07-05). "Frankie Saenz vs. Jonathan Martinez on tap for UFC event on Aug. 1". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-07-06.
  18. ^ Staff (2020-07-31). "UFC on ESPN+ 31 weigh-in results: One fighter misses; Perez vs. Ontiveros canceled". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  19. ^ Vreeland, Daniel (2020-08-01). "UFC Vegas 5 Results: Jonathan Martinez Finishes Frankie Saenz With Knee". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  20. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-10-08). "With Alejandro Perez out, Thomas Almeida now faces Jonathan Martinez at UFC on ESPN+ 38". Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  21. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-10-17). "UFC Fight Island 6 Results: Jonathan Martinez Spoils Return of Thomas Almeida". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  22. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-12-11). "Jonathan Martinez treft Davey Grant op 13 maart". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  23. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-03-13). "UFC Vegas 21 Results: Davey Grant Flattens Jonathan Martinez In Round Three". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  24. ^ Alfredo Zullino (2021-07-01). "Nathaniel Wood returns to action on September 4, faces Jonathan Martinez". BJ Penn. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  25. ^ Dorff, Marcel (2021-08-11). "Jonathan Martinez en Marcelo Rojo treffen elkaar op 4 september". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  26. ^ Mike Heck (2021-09-03). "Jonathan Martinez vs. Marcelo Rojo scratched from UFC Vegas 36 fight card". Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  27. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-09-18). "Jonathan Martinez vervangt Kris Moutinho tegen Aaron Phillips tijdens UFC evenement op 23 oktober". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  28. ^ Martin, Damon (2021-10-15). "Aaron Phillips out of UFC Vegas 41 due to illness, Jonathan Martinez awaits word on a replacement". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  29. ^ Alexander K. Lee (October 20, 2021). "Zviad Lazishvili steps in on 3 days' notice to fight Jonathan Martinez at UFC Vegas 41".
  30. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2021-10-23). "UFC Vegas 41 Results: Jonathan Martinez Spoils Zviad Lazishvili's Debut". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-10-23.
  31. ^ Marcel Dorff (2021-12-23). "Alejandro Perez vs. Jonathan Martinez toegevoegd aan UFC evenement op 26 februari". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-03-27.
  32. ^ Behunin, Alex (2022-02-26). "UFC Vegas 49: Jonathan Martinez Takes Decision Against Alejandro Perez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  33. ^ Behunin, Alex (2022-04-16). "Vince Morales vs. Jonathan Martinez Set For May 21 UFC Event". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  34. ^ Anderson, Jay (2022-05-21). "UFC Vegas 55: Jonathan Martinez Chews Up the Legs of Vince Morales En Route to Decision Win". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  35. ^ "Jonathan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-03-14.

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