lucas-martins-2.jpgBrazilian knockout artist Lucas Martins (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will drop down not just one but two divisions for his next UFC appearance.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from Martins’ manager, Wade Hampel, that the 24-year-old “Mineiro” will fight at bantamweight in his next UFC appearance.

“I requested the change this morning with Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, and they signed off on it,” Hampel said.

Martins weighed in at just 153 pounds for his lightweight bout with Jeremy Larson at UFC on FX 8, which took place in May in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. The bout served as the evening’s very first contest, and Martins and Larson went back and forth in an entertaining contest before the Brazilian landed a pinpoint straight to the chin that ended the fight 13 seconds into the final round.

The win earned Martins a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus, and he was the leading candidate to take home the card’s “Knockout of the Night” bonus, as well, before Vitor Belfort scored a spinning heel kick finish of Luke Rockhold in the evening’s main event.

Following the win, Martins was asked if he was considering a potential move in divisions, which seemed logical considering he has previous experience at 145 pounds. He was non-committal at the time on when he would make the switch, but now it seems he’ll move down all the way to 135 pounds.

“I’m going to sit down with my team and see what’s best for me, but I do intend to cut weight,” Martins said at the UFC on FX 8 post-event press conference. “I’m here to fight. Regardless of the weight class, I’m here to put on a show.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Countdown to UFC 207: Dominick Cruz Readies for Undefeated Cody Garbrandt | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 38 views

Resurgent bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz braces for undefeated knockout artist Cody Garbrandt. read news >>

UFC 207's Dong Hyun Kim wanted 'Fight of the Night' but will settle for narrow win

  • 19 days ago
  • 20 views

Dong Hyun Kim’s plans for a “Fight of the Night” at UFC 207 obviously fell a bit short.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Video: Watch UFC Fight Night 103 headliner Yair Rodriguez's 'Fight of the Night' with Charles Rosa

  • 11 days ago
  • 14 views

At just 24, Yair Rodriguez looks primed for bright things in his future. But he’s already had some memorable moments in the octagon.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Watch Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rose in UFC 188 Fight of the Night (Free Fight video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 48 views

Watch Yair Rodriguez take on Charles Rosa at UFC 188 in the Fight of the Night. read news >>

Rivera-Vera removed from Phoenix card

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

Bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera has been removed from Sunday's UFC Fight Night Phoenix card. read news >>

Woodley-Wonderboy 2 set for UFC 209 main event

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

Following their instant classic last November, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and No. 1 contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson will meet again on Mar. 4 to settle the score in the main event read news >>

Khabib vs. Ferguson: 2017's Most Anticipated Fight (So Far) Edges Closer to Confirmation | FIGHTLAND

  • 12 days ago
  • 11 views

Image via Instagram/khabib_nurmagomedov? Unbeaten UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, a fellow competitor at the 155lbs weight limit who enjoys a nine-fight win streak, may be figh read news >>

Amanda Nunes Revels in Crushing Ronda Rousey, While Cody Garbrandt Weeps (UFC 207 video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 48 views

Amanda Nunes was ecstatic after crushing Ronda Rousey, while Cody Garbrandt broke down in tears after winning the belt in this UFC 207 backstage video. read news >>

'UFC 207: Thrill and Agony' video: Gut-wrenching reactions from Ronda Rousey's corner

  • 11 days ago
  • 633 views

The UFC’s “Thrill and Agony” videos take us up close and behind the scenes of pay-per-view events, and at UFC 207, it was all about the reactions from the fighters’ corners and their cageside familie read news >>