A pair of ranked UFC bantamweights are set to meet in a pivotal clash this fall.
Jonathan Martinez, No. 13 in the official 135-pound rankings, and No. 14 Adrian Yanez are set to square off Oct. 14 at a UFC Fight Night event slated for the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Junkie on Monday after an initial report by ESPN Deportes.
Martinez (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) will look to extend his winning streak to six fights. His current run consists of victories over Zviad Lazishvili, Alejandro Perez, Vince Morales, Cub Swanson, and most recently Said Nurmagomedov. Martinez took a unanimous decision from Nurmagomedov this past March at UFC Fight Night 221.
Yanez (16-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC) hopes to rebound after suffering a tough first-round TKO loss to Rob Font this past April at UFC 287. A victory would’ve been a huge career step for Yanez, who instead had his nine-fight winning streak snapped. It was his first loss in the UFC.
With the addition, the updated UFC Fight Night lineup on Oct. 14 includes:
Irina Alekseeva vs. Melissa Dixon
Emily Ducote vs. Ashley Yoder
Edson Barboza vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Jonathan Martinez vs. Adrian Yanez