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

Conor McGregor: ‘I Should Be a Two-Weight UFC World Champion’

  • 18 days ago
  • 51 views

Featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor says he's be a two-division UFC champion if Rafael dos Anjos had fought him at UFC 196 as originally planned. read news >>

Behind the Scenes of Cris Cyborg’s Brutal UFC 198 Weight Cut to 140 Pounds

  • 17 days ago
  • 789 views

Go behind the scenes of Cris "Cyborg" Justino's brutal UFC 198 weight cut to get down to 140 pounds. It might make you rethink criticizing her. read news >>

Conor McGregor's Eye-Popping Body Transformation from 145 to 170 Pounds

  • 9 days ago
  • 221 views

Weight cutting is a brutal process and few fighters have shown that like Conor McGregor. The UFC featherweight champion has left his division behind in recent months in his rivalry with Nate Diaz (wi read news >>

UFC 202 Free Fight Video: Lorenz Larkin Knocks Out Santiago Ponzinibbio

  • 8 days ago
  • 74 views

In the Fight of the Night, Lorenz Larkin took down Santiago Ponzinibbio last June. Larkin will face off against Neil Magny at UFC 202 on Saturday. read news >>

UFC 202 Fight Highlights: Conor McGregor Even with Nate Diaz After Fight of the Night

  • 7 days ago
  • 29 views

Check out the UFC 202 fight highlights from the main event battle between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. read news >>

UFC on FOX 21 Free Fight: Jim Miller Bests Joe Lauzon in Fight of the Night

  • 3 days ago
  • 10 views

As they prepare to rematch at UFC on FOX 21, check out the first fight between Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon. Miller took home the W in the Fight of the Night. read news >>

UFC on FOX 21 Early Weigh-in Results: Maia vs. Condit is Official; One Fighter Misses Weight

  • 2 days ago
  • 68 views

UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs. Condit got the green light at Friday morning's official weigh-in took place in Vancouver. read news >>

UFC on FOX 21 Fighter Bonuses: Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon Earn Another Fight of the Night

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

The UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs. Condit main card fighters snatched up all of the post-fight bonuses on Saturday night in Vancouver. read news >>

UFC on FOX 21 Fight Highlights: Jim Miller Bests Joe Lauzon in Fight of the Night

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

Check out the UFC on FOX 21 fight highlights from the rematch between Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon. read news >>