Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series 32 fighter Leomana “ManaBoi” Martinez.
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NAME: Mana Martinez
FULL NAME: Leomana Martinez
NICKNAME: “ManaBoi” Martinez
WEIGHT CLASS: Bantamweight
AGE: 24 years old – 3/25/96
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10, 135
LEG REACH: –
BIRTHPLACE: Houston, TX
FIGHTING OUT OF: Houston, TX
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
TRAINER: Saul Soliz
TRAINING: Morning run, strength & conditioning in the afternoon, and sparring and wrestling
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 6-1
Thoughts on opponent, Drako Rodriguez? I haven’t seen much film on him. Mainly a standup guy, from what I’ve seen.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training karate at the age of four. My parents wanted to keep me active.
What ranks and titles have you held? Karate black belt, purple belt BJJ
Do you have any heroes? No
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would be a lifelong goal of mine to finally be achieved.
What was your job before you started fighting? Martial arts instructor
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Legacy bantamweight champ
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Fury bantamweight champ
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
Favorite Striking technique: Leg kicks
Twitter account name: @manaboi7
Facebook account: Mana Martinez
Instagram account: @manaboi7
OTHER KEY POINTS:
- Pro since 2016
- On five fight winning streak
- Six wins by KO, three in the first round
- Scored first round knockout win over DWCS vet Ricky Turcios in November 2018
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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