March 12, 1987
West Jordan, Utah, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Fighting out of||West Jordan, Utah|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling All-American at Clarion University|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Amateur Wrestling Career
Martinez was a standout wrestler in college, competing for Clarion University. While at Clarion, Martinez qualified for the NCAA championships on three occasions. As a sophomore in 2001 with a fourth-place finish at the EWL(Eastern Wrestling League) championships, in 2002 with a second-place finish at the EWL championships and in 2003 with a third-place finish at the EWL championships. In 2003, as a senior he entered the NCAA tournament unseeded but made All American honors when he captured a fifth-place finish. In the fifth place bout he defeated #2 seed Cliff Moore of Iowa by decision 4-0. Martinez ended his career with a 98-27 record.
Mixed martial arts career
Martinez made his professional MMA debut in January 2008 and has made a name for himself fighting mainly in the West Coast region. Before signing with Bellator, he amassed an impressive record of 9 wins and 2 losses.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Martinez made his Bellator debut at Bellator 50 in September 2011, where he defeated Brian van Hoven by decision. He returned to the promotion at Bellator 62 on the preliminary card gainst Doug Frey and won via first-round TKO.
In the fall of 2012, Martinez entered as a participant in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament. He faced Nazareno Malegarie in the opening round at Bellator 76. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Martinez eventually faced Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the finals of the Season Seven Featherweight Tournament on February 21, 2013 at Bellator 90. Despite winning the first round, Martinez lost the fight via knock out in the second round.
Martinez had his retirement fight at Bellator 114 on March 28 where he defeated Edson Berto by unanimous decision.
Martinez was also featured on ESPN's Outside the Lines in June 2011. The story covered how Martinez took care of his paraplegic father while trying to maintain a career in mixed martial arts. Martinez is a good friend and was a college wrestling teammate of former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||15 wins||3 losses|
|Win||15–3||Edson Berto||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 114||March 28, 2014||3||5:00||West Valley City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Shahbulat Shamhalaev||KO (punch)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||2||2:12||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Final|
|Win||14–2||Wagnney Fabiano||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 80||November 9, 2012||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||13–2||Nazareno Malegarie||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 76||October 12, 2012||3||5:00||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||12–2||Doug Frey||TKO (punches)||Bellator 62||March 23, 2012||1||4:08||Laredo, Texas, United States|
|Win||11–2||Greg McFarland||TKO (punches)||Fight Kings - Phenoms||January 13, 2012||1||2:02||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–2||Brian van Hoven||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 50||September 17, 2011||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Brian Cobb||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FFW 3: Back in Bakersfield||May 20, 2011||2||3:41||Bakersfield, California, United States|
|Win||9–1||Mike Christensen||Decision (unanimous)||Showdown Fights: New Blood||January 28, 2011||3||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||8–1||Joe Brammer||TKO (doctor stoppage)||ZarMMA: Fight Night||November 12, 2010||3||3:27||Layton, Utah, United States|
|Win||7–1||Jacob Clark||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Underground 57||May 22, 2010||3||5:00||Cortez, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–1||Steve Sharp||Decision (unanimous)||Throwdown Showdown 5: Homecoming||November 20, 2009||5||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||5–1||Stryder Davis||Decision (unanimous)||Throwdown Showdown 4: Cuatro||June 6, 2009||5||5:00||West Valley City, Utah, United States|
|Win||4–1||David Allred||TKO (punches)||Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night 6||January 5, 2009||1||2:13||Layton, Utah, United States|
|Win||3–1||Steve Sharp||Decision (unanimous)||Throwdown Showdown 2: The Return||September 26, 2008||5||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||2–1||Eddie Pelczynski||TKO (punches)||Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night 3||July 12, 2008||1||1:25||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Travis Marx||Decision (unanimous)||Throwdown Showdown 1: Showdown||April 18, 2008||3||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||1–0||Dan Berry||TKO (punches)||UCE: Round 30 - Episode 4||January 26, 2008||1||2:31||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|