|Born||1984 (age 28–29)
Arizona, United States
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||66 in (170 cm)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Danny Martinez (born 1984 in Arizona) is an American mixed martial artist. He has competed in the WEC, TPF, TKO, XFC and Rage in the Cage promotions. In the latter, he is the current bantamweight champion.
Mixed martial arts career
Martinez went to Pima Community College with (future) fellow MMA fighters Jamie Varner, Jesse Forbes, Efrain Escudero, and Drew Fickett. They were the ones who got him into the sport. In November 2008 he told MMAWeekly Radio that he felt there was not much for college wrestlers to do after he left college, which is what got him following up advice from friends to get into MMA.
His first fight was in July 2006, where he beat Greg Saenz by split decision in Rage in the Cage 84. His December 2007 TKO debut ended in a loss to Mark "The Machine" Hominick.
Martinez made his WEC debut at WEC 37 event, against Joseph Benavidez. Martinez commented on this fight that he has anticipated long to enter the WEC because he considers this to be a promotion that gives good treatment to lightweight classes. Unfortunately, Martinez never fought for the WEC again following the loss to Benavidez. He eventually dropped down to Flyweight (125 lbs.). Martinez is listed as the #5 ranked Flyweight prospect in the MMA Prospects Report 2013.
The Ultimate Fighter
In August 2013, it was announced that Martinez was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate. In the elimination fight to get into the TUF house, Martinez faced David Grant and lost via an armbar submission in the second round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||16 wins||4 losses|
|Win||16-4||Rich Bonafidini||TKO (punches)||Xplode Fight Series - Disarm||March 24, 2012||1||2:33|
|Win||15-4||Nick Boyd||TKO (punches)||Xplode Fight Series - Brutal Conduct||January 21, 2012||1||1:49|
|Win||14-4||Eduardo Espinoza||Decision (unanimous)||UWCM 9 - They're Back||March 26, 2011||3||5:00|
|Loss||13-4||Jussier Formiga||Decision (unanimous)||Tachi Place Fight 7: Deck the Halls||December 2, 2010||3||5:00|
|Win||13-3||Nick Honstein||TKO (punches)||King of Champions - Night of Champions||June 27, 2009||2||2:06|
|Loss||12-3||Joseph Benavidez||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 37||December 3, 2008||3||5:00|
|Win||12-2||Joey Marimberga||Submission||EVO MMA||October 4, 2008||3||1:21|
|Win||11-2||Justin Cruz||TKO (cut)||Total Combat 31||September 20, 2008||2||4:27|
|Win||10-2||Felipe Chavez||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rage in the Cage 113||August 2, 2008||1||2:07|
|Loss||9-2||Adrian Wooley||Decision (unanimous)||TKO Championship Fighting 34||June 7, 2008||5||5:00|
|Win||9-1||Johan Croes||TKO (punches & elbows)||TKO Championship Fighting 33||April 18, 2008||3|
|Win||8-1||Justin Goodall||KO||X-Treme Fighting Championships||March 2, 2008||2||N/A|
|Loss||7-1||Mark Hominick||Decision (unanimous)||TKO Championship Fighting 31||December 14, 2007||3||5:00|
|Win||7-0||Derithe Harper||Decision (split)||Rage in the Cage 102||October 13, 2007||3||3:00|
|Win||6-0||Billy Kidd||Submission (rear naked choke)||EC-Fights||March 1, 2007||3||N/A|
|Win||5-0||Kavi Cermak||Decision (unanimous)||Rage in the Cage 91||February 24, 2007||3||3:00|
|Win||4-0||Yasha Tabrizy||TKO||Rage in the Cage 89||December 2, 2006||2||1:28|
|Win||3-0||Daniel Hinsen||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rage in the Cage 88||November 1, 2006||1||0:49|
|Win||2-0||Cameron Mayer||TKO (injury)||Rage in the Cage 85||August 8, 2006||2||3:00|
|Win||1-0||Greg Saenz||Decision (split)||Rage in the Cage 84||July 1, 2006||3||3:00|
- Staff (2013-08-15). "'Ultimate Fighter' Season 18 cast revealed, including LaRosa, Baszler, Modafferi". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23.