Will Martinez is done fighting.
Following his split decision victory against Sharif Jones at Art of War 2 June 2, Martinez (12-3-1) told NJ MMA News he is “100 percent” retired from MMA.
The six-time Bellator veteran is both happy and modest when talking about his professional career as a fighter.
“I had a great career 12-3-1,” Martinez said. “It is not a bad record I guess.”
Martinez knew he wanted to retire after breaking his hand during a unanimous decision win against Troy Witman at World Cagefighting Championships 18 on Oct. 21, 2016.
When Jones called out Martinez via Facebook, he knew he would fight one more time.
“I never wanted to hit anything again until Sharif started talking shit,” Martinez said. “Hopefully this is the end of it.”
The animosity Martinez has for Jones is still there. The rivalry became quite clear as Jones made his way to the cage.
Accompanied my rappers who taunted Martinez’s supporters, fights erupted in the crowd. With the violent situation, it took officials and security 15 minutes to clear the area.
The fight finally started and Martinez settled the score when his hand was raised. Although the fight is in the past, Martinez plans to stay away from Jones and his followers.
“There is bad blood, but I got to punch him in the face a few times so I felt better,” Martinez said. “I want nothing to do with him and his team. No disrespect to anyone, but that’s just the way I am.”
With his MMA career behind him, the 36-year-old is focusing on his gym. He owns Martinez BJJ located in the Mayfair neighborhood in Philadelphia.
His school provides classes for children and adults. The featherweight fighter even has a fight team.
With no more fight camps, Martinez is putting his time towards his business.
“I plan to do the same as before competing and training my fighters,” Martinez said. “Also having the best school in Mayfair.”
In every fighter’s career, there is a time to call it quits and move on. For Martinez, that time is now.
He is pleased with his career and excited for the future. He leaves MMA on a three-fight win streak, including a win against a rival in Jones.
The fight may have come in the end of his career, but Martinez is content with the final chapter of his fighting career.
“It was a great fight, I trained my ass off,” Martinez said. “I was able to hang with a strong 25-year-old.”
By Connor Northrup