After going winless over the course of three years, former UFC flyweight Danny Martinez was able to get back on track with a unanimous decision victory over Richie Vaculik at UFC 193 in December.
Martinez felt he had his back to the wall heading into the bout with Vaculik, and did everything he could to secure victory.
“That was the best camp I had in my whole entire 10-year career,” Martinez said to MMAWeekly.com. “I believe it was 12 weeks, and I trained hard, hard, hard; every day I went to the gym and killed myself. I knew it was the last fight on my contract. Win or lose, you never can expect another fight.
“We were setting up for a knockout, but Richie was a tough fighter. When I got that victory by decision, it wasn’t the victory I was looking for, but it is a victory, and you’ve got to take pride getting a victory in the UFC, so I was happy with that.”
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In the eight months since the win, Martinez has been constantly working on his game in efforts to return to MMA stronger than before.
“I’m happy with where I’m at right now, the position that I’m in,” he said. “I have no anger towards the UFC or anybody there. I’m excited to get an opportunity to fight for Combate Americas and hopefully fight for a title for them and make them proud.
“I completely changed a lot of my game. I still hit hard, but I even hit harder now that I set it up. I have more feints. I’m adding more technical combinations to my arsenal. ….View full article