Tony Martin is moving on up to welterweight when he faces Keita Nakamura at UFC Atlantic City.
On Tuesday, the UFC announced another addition to the UFC Atlantic City card. Unveiling the bout via it’s official Japanese language website, the promotion revealed that Tony Martin and Keita Nakamura would clash at the event. UFC Atlantic City, otherwise known as UFC Fight Night 128, goes down later this year in April.
For Tony Martin, the fight will be his first since a split decision loss to Olivier-Aubin Mercier at UFC Fight Night 116 in September. Martin (12–4) dropped to 4-4 in his UFC tenure to date with the loss. Prior to the defeat, however, he had been on a three-fight winning streak in the deep 155lb division.
Interestingly, however, he’ll be moving up to welterweight for this particular affair.
Japan’s Keita Nakamura (33–8–2 (1)) will head into UFC Atlantic City off a win over Alex Morono at UFC Japan last September. Overall, the Japanese veteran is 3-2 in his second UFC run. Back in 2006/07, Nakamura appeared twice in the UFC, losing both contests.
UFC Fight Night 128 takes place April 21 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the main event, lightweights Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee are set to throw down. Also announced for the card, Patrick Cummins will face Corey Anderson at light heavyweight, and longtime veteran Jim Miller meets Dan Hooker at lightweight.