Ace Martinez is a 155# fighter, fighting out of Torotech MMA / Northside BJJ. Ace currently sports a 4-1 Amateur MMA record as of 3/11/2016. He will be fighting for Tuff N Uff this Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Mayhem in Mesquite VIII looking to extend his record to 5-1! Let's take a moment to learn a bit about the man behind the gloves.
Photography provided by Larry Slater
Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)
I was born in California and moved to Arizona when I was ten years old and have been here ever since. My entire childhood was always spent as an athlete, I played everything growing up from tee ball all the way to wrestling in college.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
As a child I played baseball and then when middle school came around, I found interest in wrestling. I ended up wrestling through high school and part of college.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
Playing catch with my Dad. He set up a regulation size mound in our backyard so that I would always be able to practice pitching whenever I wanted.
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
Wrestling was my gateway into MMA. I have been in sports my whole life so once my college career was over I had to find another sport to occupy my time and I ended up falling in love with fighting.
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I began with wrestling, and I learned a lot from the sport it gave me the mental toughness to train as hard as I do. It also gave me practice on how to manage my weight so I can cut weight with ease now.
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
After I spent about a year training my striking every day. Once I got comfortable with my stand up game then I knew I was ready.
When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what went through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?
It didn’t seem like anything crazy to me because after years of wrestling one on one combat just comes natural to me. I lost my debut fight by unanimous decision
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
Ammy 4-1 at 155lbs
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
No. I go by Ace Martinez in and out of the cage.
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
I am always striving to perfect my striking game. I want to be looked at as one of the world’s best strikers in the sport by the time I am retired.
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
Getting my hand raised for the lightweight belt for WFF
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
That if you are going to go for it in this sport, then give it 100% you can get hurt really bad in this sport if you are not prepared to be your best.
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
Shout out to my sponsors Sweet Sweat, Killer Cub/Virus, Oral I.V., and Garden of Life. A HUGE shout out to my head coach Anthony Birchak for taking me under his wing and giving me so much of his time and effort. And of course, Luta Elite for helping me get to where I am today.
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
I plan on going pro within this year. As for my long term plans, I want to eventually fight in Asia.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
I am not a fan of how it is becoming monopolized. I hope that other organizations can begin to compete with the UFC at a consistent rate.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
Cutting weight. I would add more weight classes so that it would be easier for fighters to compete at their natural weight.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Owning a gym and competing in a large Asian promotion.
Orange chicken and white rice from Panda Express
Favorite type of Music:
The Maze Runner
Favorite TV Show:
“Mama always told me life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get” Forrest Gump
Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
None right now, definitely in the future though.
Best day of your life:
Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:
Playing with my dogs
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Batman, because I dressed up as Batman for my nephews birthday and he genuinely believes I am Batman now.
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Photography courtest of Larry Slater