There were several impressive performances at UFC FN 28 last Wednesday, and one of those was recorded by bantamweight Lucas Martins, who floored Ramiro Hernandez shortly into their scrap before choking him out. The fight was also memorable because it marked the bantamweight debut of Martins, after the Brazilian went 1-1 in the Octagon fighting as a lightweight. That’s right; he had no bout at 145 in between.
Martins’ decision to drop two divisions certainly raised some eyebrows, but based off what “Mineiro” showcased on September 4th, so far, so good. The 24 year-old recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about the significant weight cut, and revealed he weighed well over 155 pounds by the time he fought Hernandez.
“I lost a lot of weight, but I weighed 163 pounds at the fight,” Martins said. “When I started training MMA, ‘Macaco’ (Jorge Patino) was already fighting for a long time and he knows how to do it. When I woke up on Wednesday after the weigh-ins and I saw I was at 163 I was like ‘wow’.”
And what is one of the advantages the 5’9 tall Martins believes he has at bantamweight?
“I believe my hands are the heaviest of this division and will drop a lot of people,” Martins said. “The weight cut was tougher than the fight itself. The feeling I had when I made weight was unique. I suffered a lot, but my team was there all the time with me and family did the diet with me as well for two and a half months.”
It will certainly be interesting to see what the highly regarded, 14-1 fighter can do at 135, especially considering the only man to beat him thus far is Edson Barboza.
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