Friday, August 7, 2020

UFC Adelaide’s Anthony Rocco Martin Talks Name Change, Jake Matthews & Winning Big On Himself (Exclusive)

UFC welterweight Anthony Rocco Martin doesn’t want to be known as Tony Martin anymore.

Perhaps all the changes for Martin over the last year including a new weight class, training in Florida at American Top Team has prompted this new persona. For Martin, he revealed the name just stuck and he’s running with it.

“Actually Anthony Rocco Martin is my real name, so it’s my full name. My middle name is actually Rocco. I think the Rocco will stand out a little bit more than Tony Martin. Tony Martin is kind of a generic name. My boxing coach starting calling me Rocco all the time it kind of stuck a little bit. Then Kayla [Harrison] and all them starting calling the Rocco. I think it will be a better sell to the public and fans.”

Martin (14-4) is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career when he finished Ryan LaFlare in the first round at UFC 229 last month. Not only was this the type of win that put the rest of the division on notice, but Martin also picked up a big payday outside the cage too. An underdog on the betting lines heading into the fights, the 28-year-old took advantage by betting on himself.

“12 to 15-thousand was the final number after the parlays,” Martin explained. “Every single one of the bets hits. It was kind of shocking, it seems like when you’re parlaying one of the fights screws you over. Obviously I had myself in all the parlays as well. It was a big win on the side as well.”

The American Top Team product now heads into enemy territory taking on Jake Matthews on Dec. 1. Much like his last fight, Martin is looking to earn another finish and inject new life into the welterweight division.

“Honestly I think [Matthews] is going to be tough in the beginning. He seems like that young kid they’re mentally tough until I smack them around a little bit. Then he realizes this isn’t a joke. I’m not all talk, I’m here to handle business. I’m going to take him out. I think the second or third round he’ll realize I’m a different animal. He’ll start diving in. I’ll start clipping him or submit him. The whole fight lines up for a finish. He’s going to come up after me, he’s an aggressive fighter. It’s going to be an exciting fight for the fans but I’m taking Jake Matthews out.” 

UFC Fight Night 142 takes place at Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, South Australia on Dec. 1. The card is headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos facing Tai Tuivasa.

Trending Articles

Zabit Magomedovsharipov Responds To Yair Rodriguez Bout Being Canceled

Zabit Magomedsharipov wasn't interested in holding his tongue on the cancellation of his bout with Yair Rodriguez. Magomedsharipov...

Vicente Luque Plans To KO Nate Diaz But Would Take Michael Chiesa Fight

Vicente Luque has two names in mind for his next Octagon appearance. Nate Diaz or Michael Chiesa. At UFC...

Ben Askren Won’t Be Chasing A Title But He Could Be Lured To Fight Once More

Ben Askren plans to stay retired but for the right opportunity, he'd considered putting his gloves back on. Askren...

Dana White Would Rather See Georges St-Pierre Stay Retired

UFC president Dana White prefers to see Georges St-Pierre outside the Octagon. One super fight that has been talked...

UFC Boss Dana White Unsure If Khamzat Chimaev Will Get Ranked Opponent Next

UFC president Dana White doesn't know whether or not Khamzat Chimaev's next opponent will be ranked. Chimaev has quickly...

Latest MMA News

Derrick Lewis Promises To Come Out ‘Balls Blazing’ Against Aleksei Oleinik

With the ability to move mountains with his words, Derrick Lewis says he will come out "balls blazing" at UFC on ESPN+...

BREAKING: Figueiredo vs. Garbrandt, Shevchenko vs. Maia Title Bouts Set For UFC 255

UFC 255 has two title fights on tap for Nov. 21. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports that UFC president Dana...

Corey Anderson Signs With Bellator After Requesting UFC Release

Corey Anderson is now a member of the Bellator roster. Anderson had been competing under the UFC banner. He...

Dustin Jacoby Wants UFC Return Fight To Be Against Gokhan Saki

Dustin Jacoby can say he is a UFC fighter once again. The 32-year-old was in the Las Vegas-based promotion...

Daniel Cormier Says Fight With Miocic at UFC 252 is About Legacy

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic will face each other soon at UFC 252. They are 1-1 against one another and both men,...

UFC on ESPN+ 32 Weigh-in Results: Main Event Official, Three Fighters Miss

UPDATE: The UFC on ESPN+ 32 weigh-ins have wrapped up. Three fighters have missed weight. The UFC on ESPN+...

Darren Till Provides Update On Knee Injury Following UFC on ESPN 14

Darren Till has detailed the recovery process for his knee injury. On July 25, Till took on former UFC...

UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee Suffers Second ACL Tear In His Other Knee

Kevin Lee was recovering from a torn ACL, only to suffer the same injury with his other knee. Lee...

Jose Aldo Praises UFC 251 Ref For Giving Him Chances To Keep Fighting

Jose Aldo is happy with referee Leon Roberts Following UFC 251. Back in July, Aldo took on Petr Yan...

Yair Rodriguez Fires Back At Zabit Magomedsharipov

Yair Rodriguez has put Zabit Magomedsharipov on blast after his comments on their bout cancellation. Rodriguez vs. Magomedsharipov...

Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen Reported For Oct. 10 Main Event

A pivotal bantamweight clash between Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen is expected to take place in the fall. Brazilian...

Dana White Would Rather See Georges St-Pierre Stay Retired

UFC president Dana White prefers to see Georges St-Pierre outside the Octagon. One super fight that has been talked...