Adriano Martins will be aiming to make a major splash in just his second UFC bout when he squares off against perennial top-10 lightweight Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 10.
The 31-year-old Brazilian turned in a strong Octagon debut when he defeated Daron Cruickshank to secure a Submission of the Night bonus at Fight Night 32 in Brazil. Martins will be getting a major step up against “Cowboy,” who looked outstanding in his last fight. Cerrone dominated Evan Dunham at UFC 167 and finished him via triangle choke in the second round. He earned a Submission of the Night bonus for his effort.
Martins is riding a hot streak entering this matchup in Chicago, having won his last six fights since a loss against Francisco Trinaldo. The former Jungle Fight interim titleholder packs a punch with 11 knockout victories in 23 career wins, and also possesses a serious ground game thanks to his jiu-jitsu background.
Prior to joining the UFC, he also fought in Strikeforce, where he registered a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Gurgel. Martins has only been knocked out once in his career and there’s no doubt his chin will get a serious test against Cerrone, who loves to stand and deliver kicks and punches.
Cerrone is hoping to make this year a very active one in the Octagon, and while pondering a move down to featherweight, has decided to remain in the 155-pound weight class after his impressive performance against Dunham. Cerrone has been involved in numerous wars during his career and has faced the best in competition. He’s always one to consider in pondering a Fight of the Night performance because of his previous track record. A victory over Martins would secure his top-10 standing in the division and set him up for a big-name opponent moving forward. A loss might have him once again contemplating a drop down to the 145-pound division.
As for Martins, it’s the biggest fight of his career on the biggest stage so far. We will know a lot more about this relative newcomer in seeing how he fares against one of the UFC’s mainstays in the lightweight division.