Tony Martin is set to return to action on April 21st when he squares off against Keita Nakamura in Atlantic City, NJ. The event will take place on Fox Sports 1 and is just now coming together, but this is one heck of a start.
Tony Martin has battled his way through eight Octagon appearances and is just now starting to hit his stride. After winning 4 out of 5 bouts from October 2014 through June 2017, he came up short against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in a razor close split decision.
Eager to get back on track, Martin’s hoping Keita Nakamura can provide an opportunity to get back in the win column. But it wont’ be easy. The term veteran gets thrown around a lot in this sport, but Nakamura is the real deal.
Debuting nearly 15 years ago, “K-Taro” has amassed a 33-8 record with two draws and one no contest. That’s 44 fights for those without a calculator. Getting his first shot at the UFC back in 2006 – an effort that resulted in an 0-3 record before being cut from the roster – Nakamura is making the most of his second chance. The winner of 7 of his last 9 bouts, and 3 of his last 5 inside the Octagon, Nakamura is coming off a split decision win over Alex Morono.
He’ll be looking to carry that momentum into the cage when he squares off against a very game Tony Martin on April 21st. While both fighters have bounced back and forth between lightweight and welterweight, this one will, in fact, take place at 170 pounds. Here’s the rest of the card, as it currently stands:
UFC Fight Night 128 (Bout Order TBD)
Welterweight: Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura
Women’s Bantamweight: Leslie Smith vs. Aspen Ladd
Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili vs. August Mendes
Flyweight: Magomed Bibulatov vs. Augusto Mendes
Middleweight: David Branch vs. Thiago Santos
Light Heavyweight: Cory Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins