Now that was sweet!
Minnesota standout Tony Martin secured his first UFC victory on Saturday night in Brazil during UFC 179.
Martin was 0-for-2 in his first two UFC appearances, but he was impressive enough that the organization kept him on the roster and gave him a third fight. Knowing his UFC career likely was on the line this weekend, Martin did not disappoint.
Martin, who trains at the Performance Compound, squared off against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Fabricio Camoes in what was scheduled to be a lightweight tilt to open the undercard portion of the event.
Both Martin and Camoes missed weight on Friday (Martin 157, Camoes 158), but the fight went on as scheduled.
The fight stayed on the fight for much of the first part of the opening round. Camoes landed a nice leg kick, but that only led to Martin taking him down with a big slam.
Martin quickly moved to side control. From there, Camoes attempted a kimura, but Martin defended properly and countered