According to an article Monday on ProMMAInsider.com, when we last saw Bellator heavyweight Ryan Martinez in the cage, he was giving Vitaly Minakov all he wanted and more in the finals of Bellator's Summer Series tournament. In the end, Martinez would come up short, losing by TKO in the third round. Up until the final takedown and finish, it was anyone's fight.
In fact, things may have gone much differently if Martinez had not broken his hand in the opening moments of the fight. A southpaw with tremendous power, the injury took away his most effective weapon, although he was stubborn enough to continue using it from time to time. But in the end, not being able to have his full arsenal at his disposal caught up with him, costing him a chance to contend for the title. Nonetheless, the spirited effort may have actually improved his stock in the promotion.
Since the fight, Martinez has laid low, returning home to go through rehab. Now, just a couple short weeks before he gains clearance to resume training, he is getting excited to be back in the gym preparing to make another run at the title.
When he dropped by the gym to check in on his teammates, Ryan Martinez gave his thoughts on how his last fight went down and the lessons he learned from the experience. He also discussed the ongoing healing process, and what we can expect when he returns to the cage in the coming months. Chomping at the bit to compete again, Martinez is confident that he has the tools to make a run at the Bellator heavyweight title. And it is no surprise that he hopes the man staring across the cage from him when he gets there is once again Vitaly Minakov.