Anthony Rocco Martin

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Anthony Rocco Martin
Born (1989-12-11) December 11, 1989 (age 29)
Palos Heights, Illinois, United States
Other namesTony Martin[1]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach73 12 in (187 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofBoston, Massachusetts, United States
TeamTeam Sityodtong
GetSum Fight Team
Team Lloyd Irvin
Performance Compound
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2012–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission9
By decision6
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Anthony "Tony" Rocco Martin (born December 11, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Born in Palos Heights, Illinois, Martin moved to Worth, Illinois, before settling in Wisconsin during his junior high school years. After graduating high school, where he played football, Martin attended college before dropping out and began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts..[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Martin made his professional mixed martial arts debut on January 7, 2012, when he faced Bruce Johnson at Cage Fighting Xtreme 30. He won the fight via first round rear-naked choke.[5] Following the quick win, Martin would compile a record of 8–0, including a notable win over UFC veteran Phillipe Nover at Dakota FC 14, before being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in late 2013.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his official UFC debut, Martin faced fellow newcomer Rashid Magomedov at UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.[7] Though he had Magomedov in trouble early with a deep armbar, Magomedov would rally back and Martin lost the fight via unanimous decision.[8][9]

Martin then faced Beneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos on August 23, 2014.[10] Martin lost the fight via rear-naked choke in the second round.[11]

For his third fight with the promotion, he faced Fabrício Camões in a catchweight bout (both fighters missed weight) at UFC 179 on October 25, 2014.[12] He won the fight via first round kimura lock, getting his first UFC win in the process.[13]

Martin next faced Leonardo Santos on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62, as a replacement for an injured Matt Wiman.[14] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Martin faced promotional newcomer Felipe Olivieri on January 30, 2016 at UFC on Fox 18. Martin earned a come from behind victory as he submitted Oilveiri in the third round.[15]

Martin was expected to face Michel Prazeres on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[16] However, Martin pulled out of the fight in early July citing a neck injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer J.C. Cottrell.[17]

Martin was expected to face Erik Koch on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[18] However, Koch pulled out of the fight on December 12 citing an injury and was replaced by Alex White.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Martin faced Johnny Case on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 112.[21] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Martin faced Olivier Aubin-Mercier on September 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 116.[23] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[24]

Martin faced Keita Nakamura in a welterweight bout on April 21, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 128.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Martin faced Ryan LaFlare on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[27] He won the fight via knockout in the third round after dropping LaFlare with a head kick and following up with punches. This victory marked Martin's first professional victory by way of knockout.[28]

Martin faced Jake Matthews on December 2, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[29] He won the fight via an anaconda choke in round three.[30]

Martin faced Sérgio Moraes on March 9, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 146.[31] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[32]

Martin is expected to face Demian Maia on June 29, 2019 at UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Lawler 2.[33]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–4 Sérgio Moraes Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos March 9, 2019 3 5:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 15–4 Jake Matthews Technical Submission (anaconda choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa December 2, 2018 3 1:19 Adelaide, Australia
Win 14–4 Ryan LaFlare KO (head kick and punches) UFC 229 October 6, 2018 3 1:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Keita Nakamura Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee April 21, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Return to Welterweight.
Loss 12–4 Olivier Aubin-Mercier Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch September 16, 2017 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–3 Johnny Case Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee June 25, 2017 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–3 Alex White Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10–3 Felipe Olivieri Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 3 3:02 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 9–3 Leonardo Santos Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 2 2:29 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 9–2 Fabrício Camões Submission (kimura) UFC 179 October 25, 2014 1 4:16 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; both fighters missed weight.
Loss 8–2 Beneil Dariush Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos August 23, 2014 2 3:38 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 8–1 Rashid Magomedov Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–0 Thomas Gifford Submission (americana) 3 River Throwndown 4 September 14, 2013 3 5:00 La Crescent, Minnesota, United States
Win 7–0 Tyler Hellenbrand Decision (unanimous) Dakota FC 15 April 20, 2013 3 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 6–0 Phillipe Nover Decision (majority) Dakota FC 14 January 26, 2013 3 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 5–0 Ted Worthington Submission (kimura) CFX: Cage Fighting Xtreme December 16, 2012 1 3:58 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
Win 4–0 Jay Ellis Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Fighting Xtreme 39 October 20, 2012 1 0:51 Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
Win 3–0 Jonathan Knutson Submission (kimura) Throwdown at the Crowne 1 September 8, 2012 3 2:10 St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Kuchlong Kuchlong Submission (inverted triangle choke) Cage Fighting Xtreme 33 April 28, 2012 1 4:19 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Bruce Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Xtreme 30 January 7, 2012 1 2:15 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lynch, James (2018-11-12). "UFC Adelaide's Anthony Rocco Martin Talks Name Change, Jake Matthews & Winning Big On Himself (Exclusive)". MMA News. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  2. ^ "Tony Martin's Profile". Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Fernanda Prates (June 20, 2017). "UFC's Tony Martin recalls aunt's career-changing health advice ahead of Johnny Case fight".
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  5. ^ "CFX 30: Tony Martin vs. Bruce Johnson". January 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "The UFC signs Rashid Magomedov, Tony Martin, Yui Chul Nam, and Pawel Pawlak". December 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "UFC 169 adds Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov, Rashid Magomedov vs. Tony Martin". December 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "UFC 169 results: Rashid Magomedov comes back to win a unanimous decision over Tony Martin". February 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Rashid Magomedov says he 'didn't feel' Tony Martin's deep armbar at UFC 169". February 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin added to UFC 176". Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 49 results: Beneil Dariush taps out a tiring Tony Martin". August 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "UFC 179 Fight Card: Tony Martin Replaces Josh Shockley, Meets Fabricio Camoes". September 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "UFC 179 results, photos: Tony Martin taps Fabricio Camoes with first-round kimura". October 25, 2014.
  14. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-02-11). "Matt Wiman out of UFC Fight Night 62 due to back injury, Leonardo Santos will now meet Tony Martin". Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  15. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "UFC on Fox 18 results: Tony Martin chokes Felipe Olivieri out cold". Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  16. ^ Chris Sosa (2016-04-28). "UFC adds lightweight bout to United Center fight card". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  17. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-07-12). "UFC on Fox 20 update: Cottrell to make debut vs. Prazeres in Chicago". Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  18. ^ Fox Sports Arizona Staff (2016-11-07). "Welterweights, lightweights added to Phoenix UFC card". Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  19. ^ Staff (2016-12-12). "Alex White steps in for Erik Koch against Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night 103". Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 results: Tony Martin grinds out unanimous decision sweep of Alex White". Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  21. ^ Damon Martin (2017-05-11). "Johnny Case expected to meet Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night in Oklahoma City". Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  22. ^ "UFC Fight Night 112 results: Tony Martin wins hotly contested affair over rival Johnny Case". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-25. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  23. ^ Dann Stupp (2017-08-15). "Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier added to UFC Fight Night 116 in Steel City". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  24. ^ John Morgan (2017-08-16). "Olivier Aubin-Mercier starts quick, survives late Tony Martin rally". Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  25. ^ Max Freedman (2018-02-12). "Tony Martin & Keita Nakamura welterweight fight added to UFC Atlantic City". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  26. ^ "UFC Fight Night 128 results: Tony Martin cruises past Keita Nakamura in opener". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  27. ^ Clyde Aidoo (2018-08-08). "Tony Martin vs Ryan LaFlare added to UFC 229". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  28. ^ "UFC 229 Results: Khabib vs. McGregor". MMAfighting. 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  29. ^ "Matthews, Martin to locks horns in Adelaide". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  30. ^ "Tony Martin Chokes Jake Matthews To Sleep In 3rd". Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  31. ^ "UFC Fight Night coming to Wichita". 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  32. ^ "UFC's Zaleski dos Santos submits Millender in first round". 2019-03-09. Retrieved 2019-03-10.
  33. ^ Jose Youngs (2018-04-25). "Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin in the works for UFC Minneapolis". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  34. ^ "Tony Martin MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

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