The return of Argentine Marcelo ‘Pitbull’ Rojo (16-7) has had to be postponed for a week, after his rival Kevin Croom was removed from the card due to an indeterminate injury. Now he will face the fighter of Salvadoran origin Jonathan ‘Dragon’ Martínez (13-4) on September 4 at UFC Apex, sources confirmed to ESPN Deportes.
Martínez, a veteran of seven fights at the UFC bantamweight, was going to face Nathaniel Wood, but the Englishman announced on his social networks that he suffered a broken hand and has been left off the card. So the promotion decided to match the two 135s who had run out of opponents.
For Rojo, it will be only his second Octagon appearance, after taking a fight on short notice in a division above his against Canadian Charles Jourdain. Although the fight was one of the best on the card, the South American took the loss.
This time he has been able to make his full camp at the Entram Gym in Tijuana, where he is a partner and corner of the UFC fly champion, Brandon Moreno.
In the case of Martínez, he comes from being knocked out by Davey Grant in March of this year and saw a two-win streak broken in 2020, where he beat Frankie Saenz and Thomas Almeida, a fight in which he was replaced by Mexican Alejandro Perez.
The UFC sought to return to London for that Sept. 4 event, but faced with logistical complications, they chose to keep it in Las Vegas. It will be starred by Darren Till and Derek Brunson in a five-round middleweight bout.