Terry Martin (fighter)

Terry L. Martin[1] (born October 10, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Middleweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, he has formerly competed for the UFC, Affliction, Strikeforce, the MFC, King of the Cage, and Adrenaline MMA.

Terry Martin
Born (1980-10-10) October 10, 1980 (age 41)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesDangerous
ResidenceChicago, Illinois, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Light Heavyweight
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofChicago, Illinois, United States
TeamTeam Dangerous, Valko BJJ <http://valkobjj.com/>
Years active2003–present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
By knockout5
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission5
By decision4
By knockout9
By decision3
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early lifeEdit

Martin grew up on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. Joining a street gang by the age of 10, Martin was nearly killed at the age of 15 in the summer of 1996, when he was caught in a drive-by shooting and hit by five bullets in his legs, chest and back. After recuperating, Martin turned his back on gang life and focused on his education, becoming the first member of his immediate family to earn his high-school diploma. Since graduating from high school, Martin has additionally attained a Bachelor of Science degree, a master's degree, and he is currently enrolled at the Adler School of Psychology's Chicago campus as a doctoral candidate. He wrestled while at Northern Illinois University.[2] Martin has also begun to use the fame that mixed martial arts has given him to speak to inner-city children about his life and accomplishments, urging them to stay in school.[3]

Boxing careerEdit

Martin made his professional boxing debut on April 12, 2008,[4] and defeated Ricardo Upchurch by knockout in 40 seconds.[5] Martin won his next four bouts via knockout or technical knockout.[6] On November 21, 2012 Martin suffered his first loss as professional boxer when he was TKOed in the third round by Dimar Ortuz.[6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Martin made his professional MMA debut in 2002, a decision loss to Stephan Bonnar, before winning his next ten fights. Martin was then signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Martin made his UFC debut on August 20, 2005 at UFC 54 against former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion James Irvin. After dominating the first round of the fight, Martin was knocked out by a flying knee nine seconds into the second round.

Martin had two appearances in King of the Cage, both finishes, before returning at UFC 59 against Jason Lambert. Martin lost via second-round TKO.

Martin bounced back, winning another two fights in outside promotions before returning to face Jorge Rivera at UFC 67 in Martin's Middleweight debut. Martin knocked out Rivera 14 seconds into the first round. He then fought Ivan Salaverry at UFC 71, winning again via first-round TKO with a suplex and punches.

Martin then fought Chris Leben at UFC Fight Night 11. Martin lost via knockout late in the third round. Martin next faced Marvin Eastman at UFC 81, who defeated him via unanimous decision. After his second consecutive loss, Martin was released from the UFC.


After leaving the UFC, Martin made his next big appearance at Affliction: Banned against Vitor Belfort. Martin was knocked out in the second round.

Martin next made his Strikeforce debut against Cory Devela on September 20, 2008. Martin won via third-round KO.

However, Martin would go on to lose via knockout to Scott Smith only 24 seconds into the fight at Strikeforce: Destruction.

Independent promotionsEdit

Since losing to Smith, Martin has gone 5-5 in his last ten fights.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
35 matches 23 wins 12 losses
By knockout 14 9
By submission 5 0
By decision 4 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–12 Erick Lozano KO (flying knee) KOP 59 December 16, 2017 1 2:11 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States Catchweight bout of 191 lbs; Martin missed weight.
Win 23–11 Jason Ramos Decision (majority) MaxxFC 33 August 19, 2017 5 5:00 Bayamon, Puerto Rico Won MaxxFC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 22–11 Matt Horwich TKO (punches) KSW XXI December 1, 2012 2 4:08 Warsaw, Poland Catchweight bout of 191 lbs.
Win 22–10 Allen Hope TKO (punches and elbows) MFC 31: The Rundown October 7, 2011 1 2:13 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Middleweight bout.
Loss 21–10 Douglas Lima TKO (punches) MFC 29: Conquer April 8, 2011 1 1:14 Windsor, Ontario, Canada For MFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 21–9 Josh Martin TKO (punches) Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion December 11, 2010 1 1:27 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Win 20–9 Jorge Ortiz Decision (split) Powerhouse World Promotions: War on the Mainland August 14, 2010 3 5:00 Irvine, California, United States
Win 19–9 Ted Worthington Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Turbulence 2 April 24, 2010 3 5:00 Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 18–9 Julio Paulino KO (punch) Arena Rumble II September 12, 2009 3 3:40 Spokane, Washington, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 18–8 Zak Cummings Decision (unanimous) XCF: Rumble in Racetown February 14, 2009 3 5:00 Daytona, Florida, United States
Loss 18–7 Scott Smith KO (punch) Strikeforce: Destruction November 21, 2008 1 0:24 San Jose, California, United States
Win 18–6 Cory Devela KO (punch) Strikeforce: At The Mansion II September 20, 2008 3 2:08 Beverly Hills, California, United States
Loss 17–6 Vitor Belfort KO (punch) Affliction: Banned July 19, 2008 2 3:12 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 17–5 Daiju Takase DQ (groin kicks) Adrenaline MMA: Guida vs Russow June 14, 2008 2 3:35 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 16–5 Marvin Eastman Decision (unanimous) UFC 81 February 2, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–4 Chris Leben KO (punch) UFC Fight Night 11 September 19, 2007 3 3:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–3 Ivan Salaverry TKO (slam and punches) UFC 71 May 26, 2007 1 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–3 Jorge Rivera KO (punches) UFC 67 February 3, 2007 1 0:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Middleweight debut; Knockout of the Night.
Win 14–3 Jason Guida KO (punch) XFO 13 November 11, 2006 3 0:08 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 13–3 Keith Berry TKO (punches) WEC 24: Full Force October 12, 2006 1 2:52 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 12–3 Jason Lambert TKO (punches) UFC 59: Reality Check April 15, 2006 2 2:37 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 12–2 Trevor Garrett KO (punch) KOTC: Redemption on the River February 17, 2006 1 1:40 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 11–2 Ron Fields Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC 64: Raging Bull December 16, 2005 2 2:37 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 10–2 James Irvin KO (flying knee) UFC 54: Boiling Point August 20, 2005 2 0:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 Jerry Spiegel TKO (punches) Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 3 May 14, 2005 2 1:55 Illinois, United States
Win 9–1 Homer Moore Submission (punches) WEC 14: Vengeance March 17, 2005 2 3:14 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 8–1 Jerry Spiegel TKO (knee) Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 2 February 5, 2005 1 1:09 Illinois, United States
Win 7–1 Chael Sonnen TKO (corner stoppage) Xtreme Fighting Organization 4 December 3, 2004 2 5:00 McHenry, Illinois, United States
Win 6–1 Jeff Gerlick Submission (guillotine choke) Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 1 October 23, 2004 1 2:58 Cicero, Illinois, United States
Win 5–1 William Hill KO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Organization 3 October 2, 2004 3 0:19 McHenry, Illinois, United States
Win 4–1 William Hill KO (punches) IHC 7: The Crucible June 5, 2004 2 2:57 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 3–1 Greg Franklin Submission (americana) Extreme Challenge 54 October 12, 2003 1 2:27 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 2–1 Ron Fields Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 51 August 2, 2003 1 10:00 St. Charles, Illinois, United States
Win 1–1 Rob Smith Decision Silverback Classic 16 June 28, 2003 3 5:00 Canton, Illinois, United States
Loss 0–1 Stephan Bonnar Decision (unanimous) Maximum Fighting Challenge September 7, 2002 1 10:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States

Professional boxing recordEdit

5 Wins (5 knockouts, 0 decisions), 1 Loss
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 5–1   Dimar Ortuz TKO 3 (6), 2:27 November 21, 2012 Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States Cruiserweight
Win 5–0   Thomas Boose KO 1 (4), N/A November 23, 2011 The Belvedere, Elk Grove, Illinois, United States Heavyweight
Win 4–0   Rodelle Bolar KO 1 (4), 1:21 February 20, 2010 Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States Cruiserweight
Win 3–0   Jadell Wells TKO 3 (4), 2:59 November 20, 2009 Lumiere Casino, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States Cruiserweight
Win 2–0   Rayvon Wilson KO 2 (4), 2:31 August 21, 2009 Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, United States Cruiserweight
Win 1–0   Ricardo Upchurch KO 1 (4), 0:47 April 11, 2008 The Odeum, Villa Park, Illinois, United States Cruiserweight

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2012-06-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ https://www.mmamania.com/2008/04/11/ufcs-terry-martin-boxing-ricardo-upchurch-tonight-in-pro-debut
  3. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_ylt=ArTqsLUTCKrvmXMAVRxsWQE9Eo14?slug=mmajunkie-Terry_Martin_bounce_back&prov=mmajunkie&type=lgns
  4. ^ [1]. Fiveouncesofpain.com.
  5. ^ Morgan, Adam (2008-04-14). "Terry Martin wins pro boxing debut with 40 second TKO". fiveouncesofpain.com. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  6. ^ a b "Terry Martin – Boxer". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2013-03-16.

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