“I wanted to stand and bang with the dude and basically he ran the whole three rounds we fought,” said Martinez. “Once he realized that his wrestling wasn’t going to work, he just basically got frustrated and just kind of fled the whole entire time.
“Some might have said it was a boring fight. Others might have said it was a smart fight. I fight to win, so I was just trying to do the best I could to get a W on my record.”
Since suffering his only loss last July to Derrick Lewis, Martinez has been on a tear this year, winning all four of his fights.
Martinez credits his success to the man who was willing to give him a chance when others would not.
“The loss to Derek came while I was in between camps,” said Martinez. “I didn’t have any solid place to train. Finally, I was at Ring of Fire where Adam (Martinez of Infinite MMA) came up to me and told me that he would love to have me come up and train at his gym.”
Since joining Infinite MMA, Martinez has grown in many areas, none more impactful than in his maturity as a fighter.
“I’m a lot more patient,” he said. “My hands are a lot more crisp and not as wild. My jiu-jitsu game is more focused on submission attempts and position, position, position.
“Instead of just going out the brawling, I’m taking my opponent and seeing what he has and just counter and be aggressive from there.”
While he’s having the best year of his young career so far, Martinez is most looking forward to 2012, where he feels he’ll have the opportunity to breakout as part of ProElite’s heavyweight grand prix.
“That’s all that’s on my mind is winning this tournament,” he said. “God blessed with me with this gift and I’m going to take advantage of it. I’ve been given a second chance at life and I’ll pursue it 100-percent.
“All I want to do is get my name established. I’m 6-1 now, I have a couple credible wins on my record, and hopefully I’ll just keep growing and get to the top. I want to do as much as I can and grow in the sport. Next year the sky’s the limit.”
Martinez next faces Cody Griffin on Jan. 21 in Honolulu in the semifinal round of the ProElite Heavyweight Grand Prix.