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After ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Show, Rad Martinez Signs for Bellator

Written on July 09, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Bellator signs Rad Martinez for a bout on September 10 after being featured on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" segment.

After being featured on ’s “Outside the Lines” show last weekend, signed a multi-fight deal with Fighting Championships. Most of the details – such as his official debut and opponent – were not yet revealed, but it was reported that he will be booked to a bout in an event during the company’s fifth season — which will be held on September 10.

The “Outside the Lines” – ESPN’s newsmagazine show – had chosen to highlight the life of Rad Martinez not only because he is an All-American wrestler who boasts a pro MMA record of 9-2, but also because he had shown an undying commitment to his father. He spends most of his time taking care of his loving father who is currently suffering from a brain damage due to a car accident. Rad Martinez entered the world of MMA fighting with the support of his fellow Clarion University wrestler, Frankie Edgar. He then stated that what he had done during his trainings were never easy.

“When I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in MMA, there were several different gyms in my area that only offered night classes, and that wasn’t going to work with my obligations to my dad. I started thinking that MMA wasn’t going to be something I was going to be able to pursue, but the team I’m with now ended up putting a class together in the afternoon just for me. Now that’s the busiest class we have, but they really bent over backward to help me out down there. If they hadn’t done that, I probably wouldn’t be competing today.”

Before the signing was put into action, Rad Martinez has been a hot prospect for the organization. In fact, Levi Martinez, Rad’s brother and manager at the same time, is having small talks with Bellator matchmaker – Sam Caplan – regarding this deal. Now, Rad Martinez will be fighting under Bellator — thanks to “Outside the Lines” for featuring his story.

Martinez holds a record of eight-fight win streak before obtaining a loss from Brian Cobb last May. Most of his bouts won, including a knockout victory against UFC fighter Joe Brammer.

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