PLAINVIEW – It was only a few years ago that becoming a UFC fighter was a dream for Plainview’s Jonathan ‘The Dragon’ Martinez.
A week ago, Martinez, who got his ‘Dragon’ nickname at age 15 because of the way he wore his hair, got the call of a lifetime.
“I was heading to work at like 6 in the morning and they asked me if I wanted to take this fight in the UFC,” Martinez said.
After waiting a couple of hours and getting in contact with his manager, Wade Hampel, Martinez was signed for the bantamweight fight against Andre Soukhamthath during UFC Fight Night on Oct. 27. Not only will this be a new experience for Martinez as an official UFC fighter, but it will also be his first time in Canada, where the fight will take place.
Light heavyweights Volkan Oezdemir and Anthony Smith will be the headline fight of the night.
Martinez hadn’t had a fight since September 2017 in Amarillo because of injury and opponents backing out, but has been in training at A Different Breed in Lubbock.
“I was already getting ready for a fight. I was supposed to fight on (Friday), so I said yes right away because I was pretty much ready,” he said on Monday. “Right now, I feel good.”
Martinez comes into the fight with a 9-1 record, which includes five knockouts. He trains with Danny Perez, though he has worked with legendary UFC coach Greg Jackson in New Mexico in the past.