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Rad Martinez

1.68 m

Victory MMA

66 kg

Years active

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Radley Martinez March 12, 1987 (age 36) West Jordan, Utah, U.S. (

Lightweight Featherweight

NCAA Division I Wrestling All-American at Clarion University

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Fighting out of
West Jordan, Utah

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Radley Martinez (born March 12, 1987) is retired American mixed martial artist. He was signed with Bellator Fighting Championships, where he competed in their featherweight division.


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Amateur Wrestling Career

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Martinez was a standout wrestler in college, competing for Clarion University. While at Clarion, Martinez qualified for the NCAA championships on three occasions. As a sophomore in 2001 with a fourth-place finish at the EWL(Eastern Wrestling League) championships, in 2002 with a second-place finish at the EWL championships and in 2003 with a third-place finish at the EWL championships. In 2003, as a senior he entered the NCAA tournament unseeded but made All American honors when he captured a fifth-place finish. In the fifth place bout he defeated #2 seed Cliff Moore of Iowa by decision 4-0. Martinez ended his career with a 98-27 record.

Early career

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Martinez made his professional MMA debut in January 2008 and has made a name for himself fighting mainly in the West Coast region. Before signing with Bellator, he amassed an impressive record of 9 wins and 2 losses.

Bellator Fighting Championships

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Martinez made his Bellator debut at Bellator 50 in September 2011, where he defeated Brian van Hoven by decision. He returned to the promotion at Bellator 62 on the preliminary card gainst Doug Frey and won via first-round TKO.

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In the fall of 2012, Martinez entered as a participant in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament. He faced Nazareno Malegarie in the opening round at Bellator 76. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Martinez eventually faced Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the finals of the Season Seven Featherweight Tournament on February 21, 2013 at Bellator 90. Despite winning the first round, Martinez lost the fight via knock out in the second round.

Martinez had his retirement fight at Bellator 114 on March 28 where he defeated Edson Berto by unanimous decision.

Personal life

Martinez was also featured on ESPN's Outside the Lines in June 2011. The story covered how Martinez took care of his paraplegic father while trying to maintain a career in mixed martial arts. Martinez is a good friend and was a college wrestling teammate of former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Bellator Fighting Championships
  • Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Runner-Up
  • References

    Rad Martinez Wikipedia