Seven-time UFC veteran Adriano Martins (28-9) has signed with Russian promotion Fight Nights Global, organization officials told MMAjunkie.
The Brazilian lightweight comes to the promotion just as Fight Nights Global officials have announced their intentions to hold a 2018 event in the South American nation, as well as the U.S.
“I know my potential, and I believe that soon I will be fighting for the Fight Nights Global belt,” Martins stated. “See you guys shortly.”
Martins, 35, has been fighting professionally since 2004.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Martins picked up a “Submission of the Night” bonus during his UFC run, tapping out Daron Cruickshank at UFC Fight Night 32.
Martins also earned a pair of “Performance of the Night” bonuses with first-round knockouts of Islam Makhachev at UFC 192 and Juan Puig at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. However, after recently suffering back-to-back losses to Kajan Johnson and Leonardo Santos, Martins was released from the organization.
Now with a new home, Martins said he has his eyes immediately set on current Fight Nights Global lightweight champion Akhmed Aliev.
“I watched Akhmed Aliev win the title,” Martins stated. “He had a great fight, a great victory – props to him – but I came to Fight Nights Global to be champion, and I will show this.”
Martins debut date and opponent have yet to be announced.
For more on Fight Nights Global’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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