Six Most Promising UFC Fighters With a Big Year Ahead

Lucas Martins

Martins made his UFC debut on short notice in January last year, when he was called up to replace Justin Salas against feared striker Edson Barboza.

It was a tall order, and the Brazilian suffered his first MMA loss after being quickly decimated by his fellow countryman. That did not deter Martins, however. In fact, the loss seemed to make him want to improve quicker and get back to winning ways.

That is exactly what he has done as Martins has gone 3-0 since the loss against Barboza. He has beaten, and finished Jeremy Larsen, Junior Hernandez and Alex White to take his overall MMA record to 15-1.

Martins is set to face Darren Elkins at UFC 179 later this month. It will be a Main Card fight, which will help propel Martins into top contention should be continue his recent dominant run in the Octagon.

From Perth, Australia, Bruno has been an MMA fan on and off (mostly on) for 10 years. He did Taekwondo for a few years as a kid and dabbled in BJJ and Muay Thai as an adult, but is more an MMA fan than anything else. He is also an experienced journalist and writer, having written a number of articles on an array of topics.