Danny Martinez gets call for octagon debut at UFC 169


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danny-martinez.jpgOne-time WEC fighter Danny Martinez (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is getting his wish: an official fight in the UFC octagon.

UFC officials today announced that Martinez, an Alliance MMA fighter who lost an elimination-round fight as a bantamweight on “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” has replaced injured Kyoji Horiguchi  (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and will fight flyweight Chris Cariaso (15-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC 169.

UFC 169 takes place Feb. 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Martinez vs. Cariaso is slated for the FOX Sports 1 prelims.

Martinez previously told MMAjunkie that he hated fighting on short notice in other organizations, though he’d make an exception for the UFC. The fighter, a former collegiate wrestler, now gets his chance while riding a three-fight winning streak. In fact, since a decision loss to Joseph Benavidez at WEC 37, he’s 4-1 with three knockouts.

Although he hasn’t logged an official pro fight since December 2012, Martinez did fight (and suffered a submission loss) to eventual show runner-up Davey Grant on “TUF 18.”

Cariaso, meanwhile, boasts 10 combined fights under the UFC and WEC banners, including a 2-2 mark at 125 pounds since dropping to the division in July 2012. Most recently, the 32-year-old earned an impressive second-round TKO win over Iliarde Santos at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil.

The latest UFC 169 card includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Renan Barao vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – for featherweight title
  • Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. John Lineker
  • Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • John Makdessi vs. Alan Patrick
  • Chris Cariaso vs. Danny Martinez
  • Nick Catone vs. Tom Watson
  • Al Iaquinta vs. Kevin Lee

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Andy Enz vs. Clint Hester
  • Rashid Magomedov vs. Tony Martin
  • Neil Magny vs. Gasan Umalatov

For the latest on UFC 169, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Danny Martinez)

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