UFC on ESPN+ 31: Frankie Saenz vs. Jonathan Martinez Play-by-Play

Finishing off the four-fight prelims, Frankie Saenz fought Johnathan Martinez. Here’s how the fight went.

Bout 4: Frankie Saenz (12-6) vs. Jonathan Martinez (11-3) (Bantamweight)

Saenz charged forward with hard punches early, getting a takedown within the first moment. Martinez was quick to get back up, although he was pressed against the fence by Saenz. They went back to stand-up with just over three minutes to go. Martinez rocked Saenz with a series of strikes in the final moments of the round.

Martinez had success with striking in the second round, walking down Saenz and piecing together combinations. Martinez blocked a takedown attempt early in the round, landing punches afterwards. Saenz was hurt in the second minute, clearly getting wobbled by some strikes. Saenz was dropped by a head kick in the third minute, landing follow-up strikes on the ground after. Saenz was able to get up, although he was dropped a minute later. Saenz got dropped again in the final minute by a head kick. Martinez landed follow up punches, staying on top until the round ended.

A groin kick to Saenz caused a break early in the third round. Martinez landed a knee to the head that dropped Saenz early in the third round, landing ground and pound to end the fight.

RESULT: Jonathan Martinez def. Frankie Saenz via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 0:57)

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Saenz 9 8
Martinez 10 10


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