10 Bantamweight Prospects the UFC Should Sign in 2023

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David “Black Spartan” Martinez

24 | 5’5″ | Coyoacán, Federal District, Mexico | 9-1 | 8 Finishes |  8/TKO | Combined Opponents’ Record: 41-20 | Best Win – Axel Osuna (5-1)

In 2001 Martinez competed in Combate Global’s one-night eight-man bantamweight tournament. In the tournament were former UFC fighters Francisco Rivera Jr and Nohelin Hernandez. Martinez won three fights that night including knocking out Rivera in the final. After that he took a year off and came back last year winning two fights. Last October he won the Combate Global title.

Martinez is solely a striker/kickboxer. “Black Spartan” has finished three fights in under two minutes. Many times in his career he’s been able to find quick finishes. That being said, Martinez has the endurance to go three rounds and with the same pace throughout. Martinez usually fights in volume. He puts together combinations from different angles and mixes in his kicks behind his punches. He will throw a lot of hard outside leg kicks to set the tone of the fight. Martinez is pretty active on the outside with his kicks throwing to the legs, body, head, throwing sidekicks. In fact, Martinez was a former standout WAKO kickboxer. Martinez has basically shown little to zero holes in his game.

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