Pharr native Victor “The Brick” Martinez scored a unanimous decision victory over Jacob Rosales on Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
Martinez was awarded a contract with the UFC after his win.
Martinez (13-4) lost the first round to Rosales, but responded with non-stop pressure during rounds two and three to secure the win 29-28 on all three judge’s cards. He also set a record with 144 significant strikes landed, a new lightweight record on Dana White’s Contender Series. The victory was Martinez’s seventh in a row.
“I’m super happy. I remember I fought for my first title a couple years back and I had a talk with coach Sayif (Saud) and he told me this is a 10-year plan,” Martinez said during his post-fight press conference. “This is basically what this was, a 10-year plan. I’m so happy to be here and be assigned to the UFC. … It’s a dream come true and I made it a reality. And I couldn’t have done it without the help of my training partners at Fortis MMA, coach Sayif, coach Carlos Diego (Ferreira), all my training partners at Team Ferreira. It’s a team thing, it’s not just me, and I got to thank them all for helping me out.”