MMA is off to a great start in 2019 with UFC Brooklyn and now UFC Fortaleza, so now we’ll look towards the future at 15 women prospects who should be in the Octagon by year’s end.
We close out our 2019 UFC prospect series with our biggest list yet. The following 15 women feature both young upstarts and veterans overdue for a shot at the big show.
2. Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (Strawweight)
21 | 5’2” | Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico | 5-0 | 4 Finishes | 4 KO/TKO | Combined Opponents’ Record: 10-6 | Best Win – Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios (4-2)
While she is very very early in her career and only 21-years-old, Melissa Martinez is a major prospect in the strawweight division. She is currently signed with Combate Americas, so it’s unknown what her contract situation is. She hasn’t fought solid competition, but hopefully Combate can keep her active and give her a good test.
Martinez has not shown much on the mat because she wants to be on the feet the entire time. Martinez has great cardio with her constant footwork and effective side-to-side movement. Melly has the ability to break an opponent down with her chopping leg kicks. She also displays a quick release with her dangerous head kick that she has won a couple times with. Martinez puts combinations together with her hands very well and her explosiveness and hand speed are solid. She really looks promising at a young age in her career.